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DSM-5® and Family Systems

by Jessica Russo, J Coker and Jason King Springer Publishing Company
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The first book to present DSM-5 diagnoses within a systems context


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 MFT

  • Designed for courses in diagnosis, assessment, and psychopathology




Chapter 1:
Systemic Levels in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Chapter 2:
Systems-Focused Therapy with Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorder

Chapter 3:
Relational Functioning: Understanding Bipolar and Related Disorders

Chapter 4:
Family Process in Depressive Disorders

Chapter 5:
Applying Systems to Anxiety Disorders

Chapter 6:
Systemic Functioning of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders

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

Chapter 8:
Dissociative Disorders from a Systems Perspective

Chapter 9:
Systemic Ecology in Understanding Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

Chapter 10:
Feeding and Eating Disorders—A Systemic Model

Chapter 11:
Elimination Disorder: A Developmental Systems Perspective

Chapter 12:
Multi-Systemic Dimensions of Sleep-Wake Disorders

Chapter 13:
Sexual Dysfunctions- A Relational Understanding

Chapter 14:
Gender Dysphoria and Systemic Meaning

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

Chapter 16:
Family Systems and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Chapter 17:
Neurocognitive Disorders: Systemic Functionality and Interconnectedness

Chapter 18:
Personality Disorders and Interconnectedness

Chapter 19:
Systems-Focused Therapy with Paraphilic Disorders

Jessica Russo, PhD, is contributing faculty member, Walden'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, OH. 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 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 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, is Program Director, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and MS in School Counseling programs, Walden University. Dr. Coker has worked as a drug prevention/intervention counselor with children and adolescents in a K–12 setting as well as a counselor for at-risk and adjudicated youth in outpatient and group home settings. She has worked as an assistant and associate professor in CACREP-accredited counseling programs and 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 and is also an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling & Development. She has presented at numerous national conferences, including the American Counseling Association and Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, and has been published in several professional journals and has contributed chapters to numerous textbooks, including Youth at Risk: A Prevention Resource for Counselors and Introduction to the Counseling Profession, 6th Ed.

Jason H. King, PhD, is Core Faculty 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 col