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Week 3: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Introduction How do clinicians create a case conceptualization and treatment plan for clients? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) facilitates accurate and holistic diagnoses, provides a common language to be used among professionals, and helps determine treatment options; however, as you will see this week, the DSM is only as good as the professional who uses it. Therefore, aside from its strengths, its limitations should also be considered. Learning Outcomes By the end of this week, you should be able to: • • Evaluate strengths and limitations of the DSM Use the DSM to construct a diagnosis Learning Resources This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. Readings Course Text: Hooley, J. M., Butcher, J. N., Nock, M. K. & Mineka, S. (2017). Abnormal psychology (17th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Publishing. Chapter 4, “Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis” • American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical • manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author. Section I: DSM-5 Basics • “Use of the Manual” (pp. 19–24) “Introduction” (Developmental & Lifespan Considerations; pp. 13–top of 15) “Cautionary Statement for Forensic Use of DSM-5” (p. 25) Section III: Emerging Measures and Models • “Cultural Formulation” (Cultural Concepts of Distress; pp. 758–759) Appendix • “Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5” (pp. 809–816) Please proceed to this week’s Discussion. • Discussion – Week 3 Evaluating the DSM-5 The DSM-5 states that the “DSM-5 is designed to better fill the needs of clinicians, patients, families, and researchers for a clear and concise description of each mental disorder organized by explicit diagnostic criteria, supplemented, when appropriate, by dimensional measures that cross diagnostic boundaries, and a brief digest of information about the diagnosis, risk factors, associated features, research advances, and various expressions of the disorder” (p. 5). You will be using these diagnostic descriptions and categories throughout this course in order to make diagnoses, and you will continue to refer to them as a mental health professional. In this Assignment, you will look at a general overview of the DSM. To prepare: • • • Review this week’s readings in the DSM-5. Keep in mind the stated purpose of the DSM. Consider the organization of the classifications and any possible biases with respect to the position of certain disorders. Note whether or not the classifications are easy to follow and the appendices easy to navigate. • Consider potential strengths and limitations of the DSM-5. • With these thoughts in mind: Post by Day 4 an explanation of what you perceive to be two strengths and two limitations of the DSM-5 and why you consider each as such. Also, explain how and when you might use the DSM-5 in your practice and the ways you can circumvent its limitations. Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Read a sampling of your colleagues’ postings. Consider how your colleagues’ postings match or differ from your own perceptions or analysis. Respond by Day 6 to at least one posting in any of the following ways: Ask a probing question. • Share an insight from having read your colleague’s posting. • Offer and support an opinion. • Validate an idea with your own experience. • Make a suggestion. • Expand on your colleague’s posting. • Return to the Discussion forum in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Consider how the insights and suggestions offered by your colleagues might be useful to you in your practice. Application: Diagnosis of “A Native American Elder” “Red” is the name you might use to describe a wide variety of colors—from crimson to magenta to pink. It is a convenient label, but it might not be specific enough in all cases. Similarly, a principle diagnosis is a label for a complex set of complaints a client presents. It is a classification that also aids in administrative functions such as completing insurance claims and determining treatment options; however, below the surface, individuals with the same diagnosis usually are quite different. To prepare: • • Review this week’s Learning Resources. Focus on pages 106-134 of Abnormal Psychology. The assignment: (1–2 pages) Construct a diagnosis for the case “Depression in a Native American Elder” or someone from an ethnic minority described in Chapter 1 “Abnormal Psychology: Overview and Research Approaches” of your text. Be sure to fully justify the diagnosis with appropriate references to the • Learning Resources, and include necessary descriptors. Explain any additional information that might be significant to the • assessment, treatment, and welfare of this client. Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the Learning Resources for this course. • Submit your Assignment by Day 7. A s s i g n m e n t T u r n i t i n W e e k 3 To submit your completed Assignment for Turnitin review and grading, do the following: Click the View/Complete link. Then click the Submit button next to the name of the Assignment. Once you have clicked on the link, scroll down and choose the appropriate paper item submission method from the drop down menu and fill in the remaining required fields. (Please use the naming convention “WK3Assgn+last name+first initial” as the Submission Title.) Next, click on the Browse button. Find the document you saved as “WK3Assgn+last name+first initial.doc” and click Open. Then click on the Upload button at the bottom of the page. You will then see a screen where you may review your submission. Once you have finished reviewing your submission, click on the Submit button. Finally, you will see a screen that will indicate your paper was submitted successfully.
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