College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Historical underpinnings, structural alterations and philosophical changes: Counseling practice implications of the DSM-5

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

DSM-5, diagnosis, diagnosis specifiers, assessment, American Psychiatric Association

Publication Title

The Professional Counselor

Volume

4

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

Regardless of theoretical orientation or work setting, professional counselors should have a thorough understanding of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This article includes an overview of the most recent revision process and identification of key structural and philosophical changes in the DSM-5. The authors conclude with a summary of practice implications for counselors, including specific guidance for recording diagnoses, using diagnostic specifiers and incorporating emerging assessment measures.