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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Skills

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Skills
A Popular Culture Casebook Approach (DSM-5 Update)

Second Edition

June 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition of Alan M. Schwitzer and Lawrence C. Rubin’s Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Skills: A Popular Culture Casebook Approach comprehensively addresses the clinical thinking skills required in professional counseling settings through the innovative use of case examples drawn from popular culture. Fully revised to include DSM-5, the text begins with discussion of diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning, covering the interplay of individual clinical tools and their application in contemporary practice. Ten DSM-5 updated case illustrations follow, creating a streamlined new edition that engages students in a start-to-finish application of clinical tools.


Chapter 1: Clinical Thinking Skills: Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning
Chapter 2: Diagnosis: Understanding and Using the DSM-5
Chapter 3: Case Conceptualization: Making Sense of the Client’s Concerns
Chapter 4: Treatment Planning: Designing a Plan for Change
Chapter 5: Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning: Ten Case Illustrations With DSM-5 Updates
Case 5.1 Japanese Anime’s Naruto

Case 5.2 Vampire Anthology’s Edward Cullen

Case 5.3 West Side Story’s Maria

Case 5.4 Beauty and the Beast’s Belle

Case 5.5 The Color Purple’s Miss Celie

Case 5.6 Misery’s Annie Wilkes

Case 5.7 The Cleveland Show’s Cleveland Brown

Case 5.8 Will and Grace’s Jack McFarland

Case 5.9 The Revolver Album’s Eleanor Rigby

Case 5.10 Golden Girls’ Sophia Petrillo



Student Study Site

This site includes an additional 20 cases from the first edition, now updated for DSM-5.

Excellent book, explains well all the concepts to the students and provides applicable case studies.

Center for Counseling and Family Studies, Liberty University
August 18, 2022
Key features


  • Early chapters present in-depth discussion of diagnosis, the DSM-5, case conceptualization, and treatment planning.
  • Ten case illustrations, now fully updated for DSM-5, are drawn from relevant pop culture characters to provide common ground for students as they develop their clinical skills.
  • Each case offers a start-to-finish illustration of the diagnosis and treatment planning process, offering students an extensive “caseload” of their own.
  • Diversity within the contexts of age, gender, nationality, socio-economic status, ethnicity, and culture is represented in the cases.
  • “Professional Perspectives” and “Clinical Spotlights” provide additional examples, ideas, and insights from real-life clinical experiences.
  • An additional 20 cases from the first edition, now updated for DSM-5, are available to the reader online.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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