The DM-ID 2 Workbook was developed as an accompaniment to the second edition of the Diagnostic Manual-Intellectual Disability (DM-ID 2) in order to provide clinicians such as physicians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and therapists with a comprehensive method to make an accurate diagnosis of mental health in individuals who have an intellectual disability (ID). The DM-ID 2 Workbook provides a structured interview format that focuses on identifying observable signs of mental illness, particularly where symptom presentation and diagnostic criteria differ in individuals with ID. In doing so, this ensures that all symptoms of mental illness that may otherwise be misdiagnosed or overlooked are incorporated into the diagnostic decision and that all relevant diagnostic options are considered prior to making a diagnosis. In summary, following the structured diagnostic method outlined in the DM-ID 2 Workbook will assist clinicians to make the most accurate diagnosis of mental illness in cases where individuals have an intellectual disability.
About the Author
Dr. Rozemarijn (Rosie) Staal began working with individuals with a diagnosis of intellectual disability and concomitant mental illness as a manager of a group home in 2008. The need for more experienced mental health professionals who have experience working with these individuals is what inspired her to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and specialize in providing clinical services in this area. Dr. Staal is presently the Clinical Director for the START program at MHMR of Tarrant County, located in Fort Worth, Texas.