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ERIC Number: EJ1063194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: EISSN-2164-3989
"DSM-5": A Commentary on Integrating Multicultural and Strength-Based Considerations into Counseling Training and Practice
Tomlinson-Clarke, Saundra M.; Georges, Colleen M.
Professional Counselor, v4 n3 p272-281 2014
The 2013 publication of the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," fifth edition ("DSM-5") marked the reemergence of issues related to the appropriateness of diagnosis and the uses of the "DSM-5" within the counseling profession. Concerns focus on the implications of the "DSM-5" for counseling professionals whose professional identity is grounded in a prevention and wellness model, and the impact of the diagnostic process on counseling ethical practice. In this article, the authors explore the use of the "DSM-5" in counseling training and practice. The authors also discuss integrating "DSM-5" diagnosis into a counselor training framework while maintaining a wellness orientation. Multicultural and strength-based considerations are recommended when using the "DSM-5" in counseling training and practice, while maintaining consistency with a philosophical orientation focused on development and wellness and delivering services that are indicative of a unified counseling professional identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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