W-18: The Relationship between DSM-5 and IDEA’s Emotional Disturbance Eligibility Category
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The identification of a student as eligible for special education using the criteria for Emotional Disturbance (ED) has a necessary prerequisite – the presence of an emotional “condition.” While a DSM-5 diagnosis is not required to make ED eligibility determinations, knowledge of these diagnostic criteria is critical to school psychologists as they help guide the IEP decision making process. Thus, this day-long workshop begins with a review of the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition). Building on this foundation, the workshop next dissects and explores IDEA’s ED criteria in an in-depth fashion. From this part of the workshop, it is anticipated that participants will gain a more complete understanding of these criteria and how to help IEP teams apply them to specific students. Finally, moving beyond diagnosis and eligibility determinations, the session concludes with the review of empirically supported cognitive behavioral interventions that can be implemented to meet the needs and IEP goals of students identified as persons with ED.

Dr. Stephen E. Brock is a Professor, and the School Psychology Program Coordinator, in the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). He is a NCSP who worked for 18 years with the Lodi (CA) Unified School District and a past president of National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and California Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Brock currently serves as the NASP Secretary, and is a member of NASP’s National Emergency Assistance Team and School Safety and Crisis Response Committee. He is the author of several books, including of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model.

Dr. Melissa Louvar Reeves is the current President of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). She is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed professional counselor and licensed special education teacher. Dr. Reeves is an adjunct instructor at Winthrop University and has served as a PK-12 school psychologist as well as a Crisis Management and Psychological Recovery expert in the private sector. She is a co-author of the NASP PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and travels both nationally and internationally, training professionals in crisis prevention and intervention, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma and PTSD on academic achievement, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.