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  • Jessica Russo PhD
  • J. Kelly Coker PhD
  • Jason King PhD
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"Two of my mantras in training systemic clinicians are:'Systemic counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists should be the best diagnosticians of all the mental health disciplines but we do not always have to take that diagnosis into the therapy room to our clients.' and... 'Use the language of your audience.' The cognitive and vocal dissonance between the systemic understanding of human relational behaviors and the traditional medical model of viewing these same symptoms of pathology has long been a topic of academic debate and clinical coffeehouse arguments. This work is the first major text to attempt to create a two way bridge of introducing traditional users of the DSMs to systemic perspectives while informing systemic thinkers of the utilization of the traditional language for better outcomes for all of our clients/patients. Though no work can be exhaustive, this text uses the language of the DSM-5, explores systemic influences, and provides a case examples of the major divisions of the manual. I recommend this text in hopes that the bridge will continue to be used as our body of knowledge continues to grow." --Mike Bishop, PhD., LMFT-S, LPC-S; Associate Professor, Texas Wesleyan University; Former President, Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

"This outstanding textbook addresses the needs of systemic oriented clinicians who work with couples and families to identify and assess disorders described in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It provides a much needed resource emphasizing the development of interventions from systemic frameworks. The book is characterized by chapters organized in a consistent manner that has great appeal to practitioners in a variety of settings: diagnosis and criteria, relational and cultural features, family systems assessments, family systems interventions, ethical/legal considerations, and case conceptualizations. I find the entire text to be timely and relevant but one of my favorite aspects of the book is the way each chapter concludes with a case study that applies the information to the work of a systemically oriented." clinician."--David Capuzzi, Ph.D, LPC, NCC; A Past President; American Counseling Association

The first text to present DSM-5 diagnoses within a relational perspective, DSM-5 and Family Systems delivers timely content aimed at training marriage and family therapists, clinical mental health counselors, and other systems-oriented practitioners. It reflects how the DSM-5 examines, for the first time, its diagnostic categories from the perspective of cultural and environmental impact on the development of individual disorders and conditions. This comprehensive text provides students with an understanding of how to approach a diagnosis as it relates to assessments, treatment planning, and ethical implications from a family and relational systems perspective.

With contributions from distinguished faculty at counseling and marriage and family therapy training programs, each chapter includes an overview of the DSM in family systems contexts, cultural aspects, family systems assessments and interventions, and ethical and legal implications. Abundant case vignettes aid students in conceptualizing diagnoses in each DSM-5 category.

Key Features:

  • Considers all categories of DSM-5 diagnoses from a family and relational systems perspective--the first book to do so
  • Includes family systems contexts, assessments, interventions, cultural considerations, and ethical and legal implications
  • Provides sample case vignettes for conceptualization of each DSM-5 category
  • Written and edited by esteemed educators in counseling and marriage and family therapy
  • Designed for courses in diagnosis, assessment, and psychopathology

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 22, 2017
  • Page Count 570
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826183989
  • EISBN 9780826183996

About The Author(s) 

Jessica A. Russo, PhD, LPCC-S, NCC, is a core faculty member of Walden University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a licensed professional counselor in Ohio, a school-based mental health therapist, and co-owner of a private practice, Summit Therapy Group, Inc., in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Russo has over 15 years of clinical experience with individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of practice include working with couples and families, disadvantaged youth, and families impacted by substance abuse. She has presented at local, regional, and national professional conferences, such as the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the American Counseling Association (ACA), as well as numerous professional development workshops to mental health clinicians, school counselors, teachers, and college faculty. Among her written contributions are chapters to books including The Group Therapist’s Notebook and Casebook for the DSM-5.

J. Kelly Coker, PhD, has worked as a drug prevention/intervention counselor for children and adolescents in a K–12 setting as well as for at-risk and adjudicated youth in outpatient and group home settings. Dr. Coker has also worked in private practice with children, adolescents, adults, and couples and families with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, eating issues, and self-harming behavior. She has worked as an assistant and associate professor in Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited counseling programs as well as a core faculty member and administrator in online CACREP-accredited counseling programs. Dr. Coker serves as a CACREP board member and site team reviewer. She has presented at numerous national conferences, including the American Counseling Association (ACA) and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and has been published in several professional journals and edited books. She is the assistant dean for the School of Counseling at Walden University.

Jason H. King, PhD, CMHC, is a core faculty member and student development coordinator, School of Counseling Programs, Walden University. Dr. King owned and clinically directed an outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment clinic that collected data for the American Psychiatric Association’s Routine Clinical Practice field trials that informed the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) revision process. Because of this role he is listed on page 914 of the DSM-5 as a Collaborating Investigator. He served as a DSM-5 Revision Task Force committee member for the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and ACA and has given over 190 national and international trainings on the DSM-5 since its publication in May 2013. Dr. King completed a podcast and webinar on the DSM-5 with the ACA and wrote 19 monthly articles on the DSM-5 in ACA’s Counseling Today. He composed a journal article on the DSM-5 published in the National Board for Certified Counselors’ (NBCCs’) The Professional Counselor (www.tpcjournal.nbcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Pages-202-215-King.pdf) and authored a 100-page online continuing education course on the DSM-5 (www.ContinuingEdCourses.Net). He is also the DSM-5 specialist for the PIMSY Electronic Health Record (EHR) practice management mental/behavioral health advisory board. Dr. King is the DSM-5 content editor for the textbook Diagnosing Children and Adolescents: Guide for Mental Health Practitioners.

Table of Contents 



Foreword by Mark D. Stauffer, PhD, NCC



1. Systemic Levels in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Lee A. Teufel-Prida and Juan A. Lopez Prida

2. Systems-Focused Therapy With Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Joel A. Lane

3. Relational Functioning: Understanding Bipolar and Related Disorders

Matthew R. Buckley and Stephanie K. Scott

4. Family Process in Depressive Disorders

Rosanne Nunnery and Jan Lemon

5. Applying Systems to Anxiety Disorders

Danielle A. Black

6. Systemic Functioning of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

Kelly Dunbar Davison, Joelle P. France, and Candace M. McLain-Tait

7. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders: Systemic Processes

Christie Jenkins, Annabelle Shestak, John Laux, and Jennifer Jancsin

8. Systems Applied to Dissociative Disorders

Kristen Eldredge and LoriAnn Stretch

9. Systemic Ecology in Understanding Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

Torey Portrie-Bethke, Brooks Bastian Hanks, Nicole R. Hill, Holly H. Wagner, and Carrie Alexander-Albritton

10. Feeding and Eating Disorders: A Systemic Model

Margaret Clark Zappitello

11. Elimination Disorders: A Developmental Systems Perspective

Carol Pfeiffer Messmore, Alyssa Weiss Quittner, and Kaisha A. Thomas

12. Multisystemic Dimensions of Sleep–Wake Disorders

Rachel M. O’Neill and Brandy L. Gilea

13. Sexual Dysfunctions: A Relational Understanding

Anne S. Cabanilla and Roxanne Bamond

14. Gender Dysphoria and Systemic Meaning

Deb Coolhart and Brianna Mason

15. Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders: General Systemic Properties

Aaron Hugh Jackson

16. Family Systems and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Amber Lange, Amanda Rovnak, Carrie VanMeter, and Trevon Clow

17. Neurocognitive Disorders: Systemic Functionality

Carol Podgorski

18. Personality Disorders and Systems

Marilyn Haight and Esther Benoit

19. Systems-Focused Therapy With Paraphilic Disorders

Katarzyna Peoples and Emily Meyer-Stewart