Clinical Application of the DSM-5 in Private Counseling Practice

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The Professional Counselor, Vol: 4, Issue: 3, Page: 202-215

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Jason H. King
National Board for Certified Counselors; ScholarWorks
RDS; DSM-5; DSM-IV-TR; private practice; clinical formulation; mental disorders; Counseling; Psychiatry and Psychology; Social and Behavioral Sciences
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The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; APA, 2013) continues its 60-year legacy as a standard reference for clinical practice in the mental health field. Six mental health disorders are reviewed with a focus on changes between the DSM-IV-TR and the DSM-5 that represent the new landscape for each of these disorders, respectively. Following the summary of changes, a clinical scenario is presented so that counselors can capture the vision of using the DSM-5 in their counseling practice. Clinical formulation (sample diagnosis) using the DSM-5 is also presented for each disorder classification.