The Removal of the Multiaxial System in the DSM-5: Implications and Practice Suggestions for Counselors

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Dr. Nicole A. Stargell, Assistance Professor; Field Placement and Testing Coordinator (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: With the advent of the DSM-5 in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association eliminated the longstanding multiaxial system for mental disorders. The removal of the multiaxial system has implications for counselors’ diagnostic practices. In this article, the removal of the multiaxial system in the DSM-5 is discussed, and counselor practice suggestions related to each of the five Axes are provided. Additionally, ways in which counselors can sustain their current diagnostic skills while developing updated practices that align with the new streamlined system will be discussed.

Additional Information

The Professional Counselor, Volume 4, Issue 3
Language: English
Date: 2014
Counselors, Counseling, DSM-5, Multiaxial system, Diagnostic Skills, Mental Disorders, American Psychiatric Association

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