OPD-2 – a new edition of the multiaxial diagnostic system for psychodynamically oriented therapists and psychiatrists, now with practical tools and procedures for treatment planning and for measuring change.From the reviews
Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnosis (OPD) is a form of multiaxial diagnostic and classification system based on psychodynamic principles, analogous to those based on other principles such as DSM-IV and ICD-10. The OPD is based on five axes: I = experience of illness and prerequisites for treatment, II = interpersonal relations, III = conflict, IV = structure, and V = mental and psychosomatic disorders (in line with Chapter V (F) of the ICD-10). After an initial interview lasting 1–2 hours, the clinician (or researcher) can evaluate the patient’s psychodynamics according to these axes and enter them in the checklists and evaluation forms provided.
The new version, OPD-2, has been developed from a purely diagnostic system to include a set of tools and procedures for treatment planning and for measuring change, as well as for determining the appropriate main focuses of treatment and developing appropriate treatment strategies.
“The ‘OPD-2: Manual of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning’ offers a ‘sehr gut’, in fact, an excellent alternative to the DSM-IV, PDM, ICD-10, and other psychiatric classification systems... As an alternative, the OPD-2 gives a comprehensive view of psychodynamic thinking, while embracing findings from other psychological disciplines....The book is generally readable yet theoretically precise; it should be enriching even for those who do not plan to strictly follow the operationalization. Technically more of a manual than a ‘book’ with extensive narrative material, OPD-2 offers an excellent alternative to DSM-IV description [and] also offers extensive material on treatment... The system can also be used by mental health administrators in planning and in designing treatment programs and accountability tools. Further, the highly detailed presentation is excellent for teaching purposes to help beginning clinicians gain a fuller understanding of psychodynamic considerations in diagnosis and treatment. The interview and case study sections provide a clear approach to the process of diagnostic understanding. Both authors of this review believe the OPD-2 is a worthy alternative to DSM and ICD in presenting psychodynamic themes. The OPD-2 deserves careful consideration during this period of reevaluation of diagnostic systems.”
Dolores McCarthy & Franziska Hoffmann in PsycCRITIQUES, November 5, 2008
"A manual for standardising psychodynamic diagnoses for the different mental and psychosomatic disorders classified in ICD 10 and the DSM IV. [Such a book] has long been lacking and can be a valuable aid to our current practice... I find this book very informative, educational, and practical because it offers us ways to enhance our clinical work and research as therapists... I highly recommend this book to all psychodynamically oriented therapists and psychiatrists, and also to trainees who are interested in learning more comprehensive psychodynamic formulation to enhance their capacity and enable them to develop into competent psychotherapists."
TSF Chan, FHKCPsych, FHKAM (Psychiatry) in the Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 19, 2009
"The book is a major and fruitful effort to bridge the gap between descriptive clarity and precision on the one hand and clinical psychodynamic sophistication and individualized differentiation on the other. ... OPD has developed [...] from a diagnostic system into a structuring and planning tool for practical psychotherapeutic work. ... a highly valuable tool in various fields like quality assurance of psychodynamic psychotherapy, in- and outpatient psychodynamic treatment, as well as in psychotherapeutic training, continuing education, post-graduate studies, and other areas within the field of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychosomatic medicine."
Harald Gündel, Klinik für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 67, 2009