Counselor Attitudes about DSM-5 Paper Available as Advance Online Publication

My coauthored article with Mike Gayle on counselor attitudes toward the DSM-5 is now available as an advance online publication. Check it out.

Reference

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

Abstract

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.

Newly Published: “DSM-5: Do Psychologists Really Want an Alternative?”

The first of my two coauthored articles (with Mike Gayle) on professionals’ attitudes toward the DSM has been published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Here’s the reference and abstract: 

Raskin, J. D., & Gayle, M. C. (2016). DSM-5: Do psychologists really want an alternative? Journal of Humanistic Psychology56(5), 439-456. doi: 10.1177/0022167815577897

JHP-vol56-iss5-2016DSM-5: Do Psychologists Really Want an Alternative?

Jonathan D. Raskin and Michael C. Gayle
State University of New York at New Paltz, NY, USA

Abstract

Only two published studies, both from the early 1980s, have specifically examined psychologist attitudes toward the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The current article rectifies this by presenting the results of a recent survey of attitudes toward the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5. Though the DSM has changed over the years, psychologist attitudes toward it have remained remarkably consistent. Although more than 90% of psychologists report using the DSM, they are dissatisfied with numerous aspects of it and support developing alternatives to it—something that psychologists over 30 years ago supported, as well. The finding that almost all psychologists use the DSM despite serious concerns about it raises ethical issues because professionals are ethically bound to only use instruments in which they are scientifically confident.

Book Chapter on Integrative Constructivism

1118508319Forthcoming chapter on integrative constructivism in The Wiley handbook of personal construct psychology:

Excerpt:

Personal construct psychologists have historically had an uneasy relationship with constructivism. Some have objected to it on philosophical grounds, arguing that George Kelly’s (1955, 1991a, 1991b) personalconstruct psychology (PCP) is best viewed as a critical realist, not constructivist, approach (Noaparast, 1995; Stevens, 1998; Warren, 1998). Others have worried that constructivism has the potential to overshadow PCP, placing the latter in a precarious position (Fransella, 1995, 2007). Others still have argued that constructivism is broad and ill-defined—or, at the very least, is less theoretically and methodologically developed than PCP (Fransella, 1995; Winter, 2014). These concerns arise in part because constructivism and its precise relationship to PCP typically go unspecified. To remedy this, I present four premises of an integrative constructivism and address how PCP—in conjunction with other forms of constructivism—both fits within it and contributes to it. My goal is to offer a meta-framework that lets PCP maintain its own integrity as a theoretical unity, while also offering a set of shared premises that permit PCP’s inclusion under a superordinate integrative constructivist banner.

Full reference:

Raskin, J. D. (2016). Personal construct psychology in relation to an integrative constructivism. In D. A. Winter & N. Reed (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of personal construct psychology (pp. 34-44). London, England: Wiley-Blackwell.

Psychologist Attitudes about DSM-5 Paper Available as Advance Online Publication

home_coverMy coauthored article with Mike Gayle on psychologist attitudes toward the DSM-5 is now available as an advance online publication. Check it out.

Reference

Raskin, J. D., & Gayle, M. C. (2015). DSM-5: Do psychologists really want an alternative? Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0022167815577897

Abstract

Only two published studies, both from the early 1980s, have specifically examined psychologist attitudes toward the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The current article rectifies this by presenting the results of a recent survey of attitudes toward the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5. Though the DSM has changed over the years, psychologist attitudes toward it have remained remarkably consistent. Although more than 90% of psychologists report using the DSM, they are dissatisfied with numerous aspects of it and support developing alternatives to it—something that psychologists over 30 years ago supported, as well. The finding that almost all psychologists use the DSM despite serious concerns about it raises ethical issues because professionals are ethically bound to only use instruments in which they are scientifically confident.

Studies in Meaning 5 Published

I am pleased to announce that the latest volume of Studies in Meaning has been published by Pace University Press:

Studies in Meaning 5: Disturbing the Status Quo in Constructivist Psychology (20% pre-publication discount!)
Edited by Jonathan D. Raskin, Sara K. Bridges, & Jack S. Kahn

SiM5-cover-draftIs constructivist psychology still relevant? Was it ever? Is it merely an obtuse cluster of theories bogged down in obscure epistemological debates of little to no relevance for most people? Why is it that constructivism is so often referenced in the clinical literature, yet organizationally it counts only a small number of people among its identifiable adherents and struggles to sustain itself as a coherent movement within the field? This volume takes up these issues by having prominent constructivist theorists put aside the usual topics of their scholarship and instead directly grapple with the very questions posed above. Borrowing the language of radical constructivism, the resulting contributions are intended to “perturb” the status quo and get constructivists and non-constructivists alike thinking about constructivism’s past, future, strengths, weaknesses, and overall utility.

ISBN-13: 978-1935625186 / ISBN-10: 1935625187 / ©2015 / $40.00 / Pace University Press
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Edited by Jonathan D. Raskin, Sara K. Bridges, and Jack S. Kahn

 

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Is constructivist psychology still relevant? Was it ever? Is it merely an obtuse cluster of theories bogged down in obscure epistemological debates of little to no relevance for most people? Why is it that constructivism is so often referenced in the clinical literature, yet organizationally it counts only a small number of people among its identifiable adherents and struggles to sustain itself as a coherent movement within the field? This volume takes up these issues by having prominent constructivist theorists put aside the usual topics of their scholarship and instead directly grapple with the very questions posed above. Borrowing the language of radical constructivism, the resulting contributions are intended to “perturb” the status quo and get constructivists and non-constructivists alike thinking about constructivism’s past, future, strengths, weaknesses, and overall utility.

CONTENTS:

PART I: CONSTRUCTIVISM

1. An Introductory Perturbation: What Is Constructivism and Is There a Future in It? – Jonathan D. Raskin

2. What Does the Future Hold for Personal Construct Psychology? – David A. Winter

3. What Does the Future Hold for Radical Constructivism? – Alexander Riegler

PART II: SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISM AND NARRATIVE PSYCHOLOGY

4. On Being a Social Constructionist in a More Than Human World – Tom Strong

5. Paradoxes of the Constructed: Narrative Psychology and Beyond – Mark Freeman

PART III: CONSTRUCTIVIST PSYCHOTHERAPY

6. Where’s the Gimmick? Future Prospects for Constructivist Psychotherapy – Jay S. Efran and Jonah N. Cohen

7. Developing a Dialogue: Constructivist Convergence in Psychotherapy and Beyond – Robert A. Neimeyer, Donald Meichenbaum, and Caroline M. Stanley

PART IV: LOOKING FORWARD

8. Imagining Possible Futures: Scenarios for Constructivist Psychology – Jelena Pavlović

9. What Would an Integrative Constructivism Look Like? – Michael F. Mascolo, Michael Basseches, and Amanda El-Hashem

10. Constructivism: Where Do We Go from Here? – Jonathan D. Raskin, Sara K. Bridges, and Jack S. Kahn

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