assess and diagnose clients.

Throughout your career as a counselor, you will be required to assess and diagnose clients. To
engage in this practice in a competent manner, you will need to have a good working knowledge
of the DSM-5 including the general categories and the specific disorders that are contained in
each category. This DSM-5 Summaries Assignment will introduce you to the more common
categories that you will encounter as a counselor.
You will have four sets of summaries to complete, each due during a different Module/Week.
Each set will contain a 1-page summary of each of the following categories of disorders: Summary Set 3, due at the end of Module 5 (choose 3 categories from this list; 1 page
per category=3 pages of content):
 Personality Disorders
 Somatic Symptoms
 Neurodevelopmental
 Schizophrenia Spectrum
Overview – a brief overview of the general category. In one or two sentences, identify the
characteristic(s) that all the disorders in the category share. (Example: in the Depressive
disorders, all the disorders are characterized by feelings of sadness.)
Disorders – For each disorder in the category, write one or two sentences that provide a brief
descriiption of the disorder. In the Overview, you noticed what is similar across the disorders in
the category; in the Disorders section, you will identify the main feature of each disorder that
distinguishes it from the rest of the category (e.g., time frames, severity, types of symptoms, etc.)
Risk and Prognostic Factors – Choose one disorder from each category and provide a brief
summary of the risk and prognostic factors as found in the DSM-5.
You will organize each summary by using the current edition of APA headings. Start each
summary with the category title using a Level 1 APA heading. Overview, Disorders and Risk
and Prognostic Factors should be Level 2 headings. As this is primarily a summary of the DSM, you may start your DSM-5 Summaries Assignment
paper with the statement “All of the following information was taken from the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual 5th Edition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) unless otherwise noted.”
When including this statement, you do not need to use in-text citations for the DSM-5. Using
other sources is not recommended; however, if you use additional sources, you will need to cite
and reference them.
This DSM-5 Summaries Assignment must be a paraphrase of the information you find in the
DSM 5 or your textbook. You may not use any quotations.

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