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The Art of Strengths-Based DSM-IV Diagnosis In Child and Family Centered Practice

Modern practice has generated a great deal of interest in strengths-based approaches to working with emotionally turbulent adolescents and their families. Yet, traditional diagnostic training requires a DSM-IV diagnosis as do requirements for most funding sources. Does the practice of categorizing a client with a DSM-IV diagnosis interfere with a strengths-based attitude? Is it possible for a clinician to incorporate two approaches that on the surface are diametrically opposite?

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