Paper in Clinical Psychology Forum
- Kelly & Rhodes (2013). The Evolution of the DSM and Some Implications for Clinicians‘ Practice. Clinical Psychology Forum, Issue 243.
Criticism of the DSM-5 is not just coming from those who have previously spoken out against the manual. In fact, we face the prospect of clinician disillusionment with the ‘diagnostic bible’ on a scale never seen before. Many clinical training programmes teach theories and models of practice that are incompatible with DSM explanations of distress. By moving further towards a bio-medical explanation of distress the DSM risks alienating those clinicians who gain limited or no therapeutic understanding from its use. This article investigates how this has happened and hopes to begin a discussion about how this may impact upon clinical practice.