Psychodiagnostic Chart

Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual-2's

Psychodiagnostic Chart-2 (PDC-2)

A Practical Tool to Integrate and Operationalize the PDM-2 with the ICD or DSM

Copyright 2012, 2015, Robert M. Gordon and Robert F. Bornstein

Use: The Psychodiagnostic Chart-2 (PDC-2) is a quick practitioner rating form that integrates the PDM-2 with the ICD or DSM. The PDC-2 may be used for diagnoses, treatment formulations, progress reports, and outcome assessment, as well as for empirical research on personality, psychopathology, and treatment. Our overarching aim is to make psychodiagnoses more useful to the practitioner by combining the symptom-focused ICD or DSM with the full range and depth of human mental functioning addressed by the PDM. The PDC-2 is free use.

How to use: The clinician must perform (or have access to) diagnostic interview data and psychological assessment data to derive optimal ratings. We recognize that this is not always feasible, and in many instances the clinician will code an initial impression, then re-assess as additional information accrues. It may also be used when the person is not available and based on documents, records, collateral interviews, or other sources of information. If this is used for progress notes, there will be opportunities to re-assess and revise the person’s diagnosis as well. The validity of this chart can be enhanced with the integration of relevant psychological tests. Research by Gordon and Stoffey (2014) and Gordon and Bornstein (2018) shows excellent construct validity and reliability of the PDC and PDC-2. Additionally, several other studies support the clinical untility and validity of the PDC-2 (see below references).

The PDC-2 fillable form tallies the M axis scores and can export all the data to Excel for research analysis. Use the reset button to clear the data for a diagnostic assessment of another individual or the same individual over time.