Beyond the DSM Story presents challenges to the Diagnostic Statistical Model (DSM) system from ethical and cultural perspectives, critically evaluating its fit with other professional and theoretical orientations. It offers possible solutions or best practices for addressing ethical, theoretical, and contextual quandaries, along with experiential activities that challenge the reader to think critically about both the problems and the solutions associated with DSM diagnosis. Beyond the DSM Story presents an atheoretical model for incorporating alternative models with DSM assessment. Instructors, students and practitioners will benefit from this critical appraisal of the DSM.

Ethics Meets Diagnosis

Ethics meets diagnosis

Ethics represents the search for best practices, not just the prevention and remediation of delinquency (Mezzich, 1999a, 1999b). For the mental health professions, ethics implies the inclination or motivation toward behaving with integrity. As such, practitioners’ ethical behavior is fundamental in facilitating clients’ mental ...

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