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Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice

Third Edition

Jacqueline Corcoran and Joseph Walsh

Publication Date - August 2016

ISBN: 9780190211011

592 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $79.00

Surveys common mental disorders that individuals may demonstrate over their lifespan, and teaches social workers how to diagnose them according to the DSM-5


In Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis in Social Work Practice, seasoned practitioner-scholars Jacqueline Corcoran and Joseph Walsh provide an in-depth exploration of fourteen major mental disorders that social workers commonly see in practice, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. They skillfully integrate several perspectives in order to help practitioners meet the challenges they will face in client assessment, and present a risk and resilience framework that helps social workers understand environmental influences on the emergence of mental disorders and the strengths that clients already possess. The authors also catalog the latest evidence-based assessment instruments and treatments for each disorder so that social workers can intervene efficiently and effectively, using the best resources available. Students and practitioners alike will appreciate the wealth of case examples, evidence-based assessment instruments, treatment plans, and new social diversity sections that make this an essential guide to the assessment and diagnostic processes in social work practice.

New to this Edition

  • Updated material that brings text in line with the DSM-5.
  • Two new chapters focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder.


  • Balances the DSM and social work person-in-environment perspectives.
  • Uses biopsychosocial risk and resilience framework to explain how disorders develop and how persons may adjust or recover.
  • Employs in-depth cases to apply diagnosis and the social work perspective.
  • Covers evidence-based treatment.
  • Offers a critique of the DSM and the medical model is for each disorder.
  • Presents a case study for each disorder.

About the Author(s)

Jacqueline Corcoran, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and a licensed clinical social worker. She has written fourteen books for the field, as well as novels. Her website is http://www.jacquelinecorcoran.com/.

Joseph Walsh, PhD, is Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Social Work and the DSM: Person-in-Environment Versus the Medical Model

    I: Disorders With Onset in Childhood

    3. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Intellectual Disability
    4. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorder
    5. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    6. Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
    7. Anxiety Disorders

    II: Disorders With Onset in Adolescence

    8. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
    9. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ~ with Lisa Brown
    10. Gender Dysphoria
    11. Eating Disorders
    12. Depression
    13. Substance Use Disorders
    14. Paraphilic Disorders: Pedophilic Disorder

    III: Disorders With Onset in Adulthood

    15. Bipolar and Related Disorders
    16. Personality Disorders
    17. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

    IV: Disorders With Onset in the Elderly

    18. Neurocognitive Disorders