Spring 2018 Class

20151022-wooster-construction-1-7For Spring 2018, I will be teaching:
PSY412 Abnormal Psychology

The required book to purchase for this class is as follows:

Comer, R. J. (2016). Abnormal psychology (9th ed.). New York, NY: Worth.

NOTE: When obtaining the Comer textbook, you must also obtain access to LaunchPad, an online supplement to the Comer textbook. You can purchase Comer and LaunchPad several ways:

  1. Purchase a hard copy of the textbook from the campus bookstore; it comes bundled with LaunchPad.
  2. Purchase LaunchPad access alone from the campus bookstore; if you do this, you don’t need a hard copy of the textbook because LaunchPad includes full access to the text as an e-book.
  3. Buy a hard copy of the textbook from somewhere besides the campus bookstore; if you do this and LaunchPad is not included, then you will also need to purchase LaunchPad access separately online.
  4. Purchase LaunchPad access online; as with Option 2, if you do this, you don’t need a hard copy of the textbook because LaunchPad includes full access to the text as an e-book.

If you want to save money, Options 2 and 4 are probably less expensive than Options 1 and 3 because accessing the textbook electronically through LaunchPad is a cheaper option in most instances than also obtaining a hard copy of the text.

Special Issue on Ethics Available as Advance Online Publications

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I have two articles in a special issue on ethics slated to appear in the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. The articles are currently available as advance online publications. Details and links below.

Special Issue: Constructivism and Ethical Meaning-Making: A Target Article and Responses


Counselor Attitudes Toward DSM-5 Article Published

Dr. Michael C. Gayle and I have coauthored a research article on counselor attitudes toward the DSM-5. The article appears in the November 2017 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.


Gayle, M. C., & Raskin, J. D. (2017). DSM-5: Do counselors really want an alternative? Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 57(6), 650-666. doi: 10.1177/0022167817696839


The results of a survey exploring counselor attitudes toward the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) are presented. The survey revealed that counselors have mixed attitudes toward the DSM. They view DSM positively and see it as both beneficial to their profession and important in determining treatment. They also believe that DSM-5 revisions reflect the best science available. Counselors worry that the DSM prioritizes diagnosis over treatment, have concerns about proposed DSM-5 revisions, and support developing alternatives to the DSM.

Can Therapists Really Share Power with Clients?

New post on my blog, “Making Meaning: Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World.”


Share the Road

Source: By cogdogblog / flickr [via Wikimedia Commons]

When a therapist gives power away, what does this mean? Does the client get to decide how long sessions last? Where they are held? What diagnostic code goes to the insurance company? What theoretical orientation the clinician utilizes? What the therapist’s fee is? Some of these items might be up for discussion with clients, but my guess is that many others are typically nonnegotiable. If so, then isn’t at least some therapist power inevitably retained?