ACA President Don W. Locke has sent a letter to the American Psychiatric Association on behalf of professional counselors expressing current concerns about the DSM-5 revision process. The letter focuses on the need for better empirical evidence, the lack of information about proposed dimensional and cross cutting assessments, problems with the ongoing field trials, concerns about the biological emphasis of the revised definition of mental disorders and the need for greater transparency.

Click here view the ACA letter sent to American Psychiatric Association President John Oldham.

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