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Bought specifically for my clinical psychology module at university. Very disappointed with the lack of content covering PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder. Bit of a pain seeing as they both constitute a large part of my course. Otherwise a decent book. I would personally recommend Abnormal Psychology by Kring, Johnson, Davidson and Neale - I bought both and find it much more comprehensive.
In Academia associated with counseling the grounds of the hallowed educational institutions are littered with crushingly dull, data-filled tomes that are read only because the reading is required. Editors Maddux and Winstead have published a remarkable exception. Drawing on authors and experts from all over, the editors have assembled a coherent, readable, informative, and engaging book.
I know that it is usual for many students to sell their books once a course is completed. This one is a keeper that I can foresee as a frequent reference.
One note: This book was published in anticipation of the release of the DSM-5. Now that the release has happened, I hope Maddux and Winstead team up to update this to the 4th edition.
I found this book to be exactly what I needed. I am a psychotherapist and when I receive a new client who has undergone intake and comes with a diagnosis, I like to review exactly what all the possible symptoms of this diagnosis are and what is known about it. It helps me plan my treatment agenda. I work on several levels at the same time; in addition to the therapeutic alliance, empathy and being with the client emotionally, I like to know intellectually and professionally what is known about the disorder he/she suffers from.
Has more recent content than the 2008 second edition. There are some sections that could use more updates. For example, the chapter on substance use disorders cites use statistics from the 90s. Additionally, with the upcoming release of the DSM-5 in May of this year, it is likely that there will be a new edition written relatively soon to accommodate the changes. I would wait or buy a used version if you need it before the next edition comes out.
This text was written by many different authors. With the chapter having a unique point of view, it had the opportunity to give a broad range of theoretical approaches, but instead, some chapters were comprehensive while others were not. the text is not a great resource for the wide array of pathology present in the counseling field.