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Mastering the DSM-5®: Integrating New & Essential Measures Into Your Practice

The DSM-5® is full of useful tools to take our clients “vitals” … but how do you use this new resource to shift from “getting information” to “using the results?”

Mastering the DSM-5® provides a guide for each of the assessment measures, examples of how they can be implemented for various populations and settings, and suggestions for using evaluation tools with clients.

Easy to use with case studies and examples. Also includes implementation checklists, templates to chart and measure results, and links to formatted excel spreadsheets.


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Mary L. Flett
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May 31, 2014
PESI Publishing & Media
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Mary Flett, Ph.D., has been a sought-after teacher and trainer for over 30 years. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who focuses her practice on aging issues and behavioral rehabilitation, partnering with medical professionals, integrative medicine practitioners, and complementary healing providers. Dr. Flett has worked in private practice, community-based agencies, and has provided services in both state and county government behavioral health systems.

In addition to her clinical work across the developmental spectrum, Dr. Flett has conducted evaluation and outcomes analyses and quality improvement studies for county and state government. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and was formerly affiliated with the Master’s in Counseling Program at Sonoma State University in California. Dr. Flett is the author of Mastering the DSM-5®: Integrating New & Essential Measures Into Your Practice (PESI, 2014).

Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Flett spent 10 years working as a legal assistant in the areas of family law, criminal law, probate and tax law, and public law. Dr. Flett studied improvisation at the famed Second City in Chicago and performed stand-up comedy. She has a remarkable wit and ability to present information in a lively and engaging way.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary Flett is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Mary Flett has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


“This is the only work I’ve seen that addresses the complexity of Section Three in the DSM-5® with clarity, details and examples for its application. Dr. Flett has given us a valuable adjunct to the DSM which will enhance diagnostics and clarify levels of distress and disability. This book should be considered a must in understanding the DSM-5®.”

- Jack Klott, MSSA, LISW, CSW & national DSM-5® speaker & expert

"Mary Flett has created an excellent guide to the DSM-5® that is succinct, as well as easy to follow and implement into clinical practice. This must have guide lays out the critical changes in DSM-5® allowing the practitioner to organize, assess and translate the changes with clarity and authority."

- Sharon M. Freeman Clevenger, MSN, MA, PMHCNS-BC , and co-investigator for the DSM-5® field trials

"As a DSM-5® trainer and consultant I'm always on the lookout for resources to share with fellow professionals. This book sets itself apart from the pack by taking a different approach to diagnosis and assessment. Rather than just spouting opinions about the merits (or lack thereof) of the new DSM-5®, it offers practical, research-supported, detailed guidance on how to actually use the DSM-5® effectively.

Dr. Flett dives into the nuts and bolts of how to make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. She gives detailed instructions in severity indicators, cultural formulation, personality disorder assessment, cross-cutting measures, and other features of the manual. This book is chock-full of graphics which clearly support her points. This book will be a great help for clinicians who want to sharpen their skills and diagnose people with clarity and care."

- Martha Teater, MS, LMFT, LPC, LCAS

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