DC: 0-5 for Clinicians, the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health & Developmental Disorders of Infancy & Early Childhood

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Dec. 8-10, 8am-11am Alaska Time
Day 1:
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 08:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Day 2:
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 08:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Day 3:
Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 08:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Video Conferencing
Support Website
Cost Range
$450.00 to $495.00
$45 additional for CEUs from the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work

Host And Instructor

Washington Association of Infant Mental Health
Jamie Elzea, MSW, MPH, LICSW, IMH-E®, Executive Director, WA-AIMH
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C.E. Credit for AK-AIMH Endorsement: 9.00
This training could be applied to competencies in multiple areas including Theoretical Foundations (Infant/Young Child Development & Behavior; Disorders of Infancy/Early Childhood; Relationship-Focused Practice; Attachment, separation, trauma, grief & loss); Direct Service Skills (Observation & Listening; Assessment & Screening); and Thinking.
C.E. Credit for Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work: 9.00
This training has been pre-approved for 9 credit hours by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work https://www.wsscsw.org, which approves training for social workers, licensed marriage & family therapists, and licensed mental health counselors. Check with your state's professional board to determine the applicability of these credits to your license.

Training Overview Description

The DC:0–5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood is the developmentally-based system for diagnosing mental health and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers. DC:0–5™ enhances the professional’s ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental health problems in the earliest years by identifying and describing disorders of the first years of life that are not addressed in other classification systems, and by pointing the way to effective intervention approaches.

This official, comprehensive training on DC:0-5™ will be provided as a synchronous online training via Zoom. It is designed to provide clinicians with hands-on knowledge of the application and approach of DC:0-5™. This training provides history and background around the need and development of a specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood and approaches in diagnosis from an Infant Mental Health perspective which is developmentally informed, relationship-based, contextual and culturally competent. Participants will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis as well as understanding the contents of each axis including Axis I clinical disorders and will apply knowledge through case-based examples and facilitated discussions.


  • History of the development of DC:0-5™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood and its foundations in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

  • DC:0-5™ Approach to Diagnosis

  • Axis III – Physical Conditions and Considerations

  • Axis IV – Psychosocial Stressors

  • Axis V – Developmental Competence

  • Cultural Formulation for Use in Infancy and Toddlerhood

  • Axis II – Relational Context

  • Axis I – Clinical Disorders (overview of all diagnostic categories and their respective disorders highlighting several of the newest disorders)

  • Relationship of DC:0-5™ with DSM-5 and ICD-10


  • Attendees pay the base price of $450. Pre-approved CEUs are available for an additional $45.

  • The DC: 0-5TM manual is required for this training. If you register at least 1 week in advance, you can add $50 to your registration and a copy will be mailed to you. The manual is also available in print and electronic versions at the Zero to Three bookstore.

  • Attendees will be provided with additional handouts at no cost.


This training is designed for clinicians from the fields of mental health, health, early intervention, and related advanced practitioners, who are responsible for supporting the diagnosis of infants and young children. The Clinician training is required in order to apply to become a DC: 0-5 trainer with Zero to Three.


The Washington Association for Infant Mental Health is offering this training on two occasions, January 27-29, 8-11 am AK time, and March 3-5, 8-11 am AK time.


Jamie Elzea, MSW, MPH, LICSW, IMH-E®, is the Executive Director of the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health and a ZERO TO THREE® Certified Trainer for the DC: 0-5.

Event-specific Details

The Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training as a courtesy to WA-AIMH and for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our three-year initiative Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. As a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, like AK-AIMH, WA-AIMH implements the Endorsement for Culturally-Sensitive Relationship Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®.

Registration Information

Registration Link for December 8-10 training.
Please note: only Washington providers are eligible for scholarships offered for this program.