There has been significant controversy about the upcoming DSM V, the psychiatric diagnostic and statistical manual for mental illness and disorders.

For this reason, Australia Counselling spoke with the world-renowned expert Dr. Joel Paris about the upcoming changes and his thoughts about whether we should be concerned about the changes and what are some of the more important changes we need to know about.

Dr. Paris has a reasoned and broad perspective on the latest changes, considering he remembers the release of the DSM I-IV over the last few decades and has been closely monitoring the developments of the latest revision.

He is also the author of 15 books, including his latest book calle‘The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide to the DSM 5’ where he writes about the history of the DSM and the changes we need to be aware of in this latest version.

You can now order the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of  Mental Disorders (DSM-5).



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About the presenter

Dr Joel Paris, DSM 5 expertDr. Joel Paris is a research associate at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Since 1994 he has been a full professor at McGill University and served as chair of its Department of Psychiatry from 1997 to 2007. He has supervised psychiatric evaluation with residents for over 30 years and has won many awards for his teaching. Dr. Paris is a past president of the Association for Research on Personality Disorders.

Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research on the biological and psychological causes and the long-term outcome of borderline personality disorder. Dr. Paris is the author of 183 peer reviewed articles, 40 book chapters and15 books. He’s also editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Most recently, he’s the author of the book, ‘Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice’  and his latest book is called ‘The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide to the DSM 5


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