DSM-IV-TR And Culture

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Reflection Paper: The article “The DSM-IV-TR and Culture: Considerations for Counselors” (Kress, Eriksen, Rayle, and Ford, 2005) discussed the importance for counselors to receive training on different cultural groups so that clients can be properly diagnosed and effective treatment plans can be developed so the client receives the proper help. The article highlighted some of the cultural issues associated with traditional diagnosing of cultural groups as defining abnormal behavior, science, and cross-cultural viewpoints. According to Hinkle, 1999; and Hohenshil, 1993, “the DSM is presently the clearest and thorough diagnostic system, but it offers one way of making meaning of clients' problems and concerns, and this has raised concern…show more content…
Assessments gather pertinent information about the client worldview, problems and symptoms, cultural identity,and relevant cultural information. Assessments are useful in determining the impact and effects of family, work, and community on the complaint. As a counselor, being critical of the flaws, strengths, and sometimes unethical diagnoses that are applied to people of color will assist me in being open to learning about other ways in which clients' can be recognized as unique individuals. (Velasquez et al., 1993; White,…show more content…
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