Strengthening the DSM, Third Edition

Strengthening the DSM, Third Edition

Incorporating Intersectionality, Resilience, and Cultural Competence

Dr. Betty Garcia, PhD, LCSW, Randall Nedegaard, PhD, MSW, John Paul Legerski, PhD, LP


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This essential companion to the DSM uniquely integrates intersectionality and resilience that helps mental health practitioners assess clients from a strength-based perspective. The third edition expands the section on neurocognitive disorders to include traumatic brain injury, includes more information on assessment and treatment of common childhood disorders, and brings a new focus on the impact of today’s culture wars and their impact on mental health professionals, policy, and clients Also new to the third edition is an emphasis on meta-analysis literature and a module on wellbeing discussing neuroscience and wellness concepts in relation to a strengths-based approach to diagnosis.

By demonstrating how to practically integrate diversity and intersectionality into the diagnostic process rather than limiting assessment to a purely problem-focused diagnostic label, this successful textbook strengthens the DSM for social workers and other mental health practitioners by promoting the inclusion of intersectionality, resiliency, culture, spirituality, and community into practice. It includes multiple case studies featuring complex, real life scenarios that offer a greater depth of learning by demonstrating how a strength-based assessment of the whole person can lead to more effective and successful treatment. Discussion questions promote critical thinking, key points in each chapter highlight and reinforce important concepts, and abundant web resources encourage additional study. The book also includes a robust instructor package. Purchase of the print edition includes access to Ebook format.

    New to the Third Edition:
  • Adds traumatic brain injury to neurocognitive disorders section
  • Expands information on treatment of common childhood disorders
  • Emphasizes meta-analysis literature
  • Discusses neuroscience and wellness concepts in relation to a strengths-based approach to diagnosis
  • Focuses on wellness and health care delivery in the context of today’s culture wars
    Key Features:
  • Delivers a unique formulation integrating intersectionality and resilience to provide strengths-based assessment and treatment
  • Demonstrates the rationale for strengths-based DSM practice
  • Includes real-life case scenarios for complex problem-solving
  • Uses a standard format for each disorder for quick access to information
  • Reviews key literature on disorders and evidence-based best practices
  • Provides classroom questions and activities to foster critical thinking
  • Identifies professional and scholarly activities to promote increased effectiveness in diagnosis


Dr. Betty Garcia, PhD, LCSW:
Betty Garcia, PhD, LCSW, is a professor Emerita at California State University, Fresno, Department of Social Work Education and is a licensed clinical social worker. She has chaired the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Track on Cultural Competence, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (NCORED). She has d sat on the NASW and CSWE boards of directors. She is the coauthor of texts on teaching diversity and has authored several publications on culturally congruent practice, social justice, oppression, substance use, practice with Latinx, and immigration. Dr. Garcia has practiced in various community-based mental health and forensic mental health settings; she teaches courses public mental health, group work, practice with couples and families, and interprofessional collaboration.|||Randy Nedegaard, PhD, LCSW, LP, is an associate professor at California State University, Fresno, Department of Social Work Education and is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed psychologist. He has authored several publications on military cultural competence and overcoming stigma with military clients, intimate partner violence and it’s intersections with faith traditions, teaching in diverse tribal communities, and decision-making in intimate partner violence. Dr. Nedegaard has practiced in major military medical centers, outpatient mental health clinics, correctional settings, private practice, deployed settings, and as a behavioral health consultant to a major command surgeon general within the department of defense; he teaches courses in group work, practice with individuals, practice with couples and families, and interprofessional healthcare.|||John-Paul “JP” Legerski, PhD, LP, is an associate professor at University of North Dakota (UND), Department of Psychology, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in child psychology, theories of psychology, therapeutic interventions, and development across the lifespan. His primary research interests focus on the interplay between emotional development, memory, and psychopathology. He is a practicing licensed child psychologist and is the clinical director at the Northern Plains Community Clinic, an interdisciplinary clinic that services individuals and families living in rural North Dakota.