Forensic Assessment with the Millon Inventories

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This volume outlines the various forensic applications of the Millon inventories, including the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) and the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI). Integrating empirical research, forensic case studies, case law, and theoretical applications, the book addresses legal and ethical considerations, guides professionals in the effective application of the Millon inventories in both civil and criminal cases, and offers guidelines for the ...
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Overview

This volume outlines the various forensic applications of the Millon inventories, including the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) and the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI). Integrating empirical research, forensic case studies, case law, and theoretical applications, the book addresses legal and ethical considerations, guides professionals in the effective application of the Millon inventories in both civil and criminal cases, and offers guidelines for the preparation of courtroom testimony.

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Reviewer: Eric J. Van Denburg, PhD (Lakeside Veterans Administration Medical Center)
Description: This book describes the rationale and usage of the Millon Clinical Inventories in forensic practice. The book includes nine chapters and provides an excellent overview of the psychometric, structural, and theoretical properties of the Millon Inventories. Forensic issues are amply discussed, and many case examples provide clear descriptions of the many ways forensic psychologists might use the Millon Inventories.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to "outline specific methods for using these tests in forensic contexts;" because "in our forensic work, the Millon Inventories have shown themselves to be of great practical utility." These are worthy objectives because the use of the Millon Inventories and the practice of forensic psychological work have grown greatly over the past several years. The authors admirably succeed in their objectives; their clear and thorough work provides sophisticated coverage of legal and psychological domains.
Audience: The book appears to have been designed for practitioners in clinical psychology with some degree of experience in both psychological testing and forensic work. Attorneys who consult or deal with forensic psychologists would appreciate this book, especially in the process of cross-examination. It is also possible that the book could be used in an advanced graduate class in forensic psychology. Given its clarity and pithiness, its descriptions of the Millon Inventories would be a useful source in any clinical psychology graduate objective assessment sequence.
Features: Several of the chapters offer concluding comments that are useful. Numerous tables and practical case examples are offered. The individual chapters are well organized with clear headings. They provided useful information on validity cutting scores of the Millon Inventories that would be beneficial to students learning the inventories. The table of contents, reference list, and index seemed adequate.
Assessment: This is a clear and dense volume that is likely to be used by forensic psychologists interested in the Millon Inventories for several years to come. Those who have had some prior experience with the clinical applications of Millon's tests will probably find the book the most useful. The book would be challenging but satisfying to advanced students in clinical psychology. The authors' clarity of thought, empirical interests, legal savvy, and strong ethical base are to be commended. The book is a model text for an advanced, complex integration of forensic work and psychology.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Eric J. Van Denburg, PhD (Lakeside Veterans Administration Medical Center)
Description: This book describes the rationale and usage of the Millon Clinical Inventories in forensic practice. The book includes nine chapters and provides an excellent overview of the psychometric, structural, and theoretical properties of the Millon Inventories. Forensic issues are amply discussed, and many case examples provide clear descriptions of the many ways forensic psychologists might use the Millon Inventories.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to "outline specific methods for using these tests in forensic contexts;" because "in our forensic work, the Millon Inventories have shown themselves to be of great practical utility." These are worthy objectives because the use of the Millon Inventories and the practice of forensic psychological work have grown greatly over the past several years. The authors admirably succeed in their objectives; their clear and thorough work provides sophisticated coverage of legal and psychological domains.
Audience: The book appears to have been designed for practitioners in clinical psychology with some degree of experience in both psychological testing and forensic work. Attorneys who consult or deal with forensic psychologists would appreciate this book, especially in the process of cross-examination. It is also possible that the book could be used in an advanced graduate class in forensic psychology. Given its clarity and pithiness, its descriptions of the Millon Inventories would be a useful source in any clinical psychology graduate objective assessment sequence.
Features: Several of the chapters offer concluding comments that are useful. Numerous tables and practical case examples are offered. The individual chapters are well organized with clear headings. They provided useful information on validity cutting scores of the Millon Inventories that would be beneficial to students learning the inventories. The table of contents, reference list, and index seemed adequate.
Assessment: This is a clear and dense volume that is likely to be used by forensic psychologists interested in the Millon Inventories for several years to come. Those who have had some prior experience with the clinical applications of Millon's tests will probably find the book the most useful. The book would be challenging but satisfying to advanced students in clinical psychology. The authors' clarity of thought, empirical interests, legal savvy, and strong ethical base are to be commended. The book is a model text for an advanced, complex integration of forensic work and psychology.
From the Publisher

"McCann and Dyer have written a lively and comprehensive volume that will be of significant value to all forensic psychologists who use or who may consider using the Millon Inventories. Their arguments are buttressed with superb clinical illustrations from actual forensic cases that demonstrate their approach to the Millon instruments in vivid detail. Their discussion of statistical, methodological, and research issues related to the Millon Inventories is very helpful. I highly recommend this volume as a companion text to any psychologist who uses the Millon Inventories in a forensic context." --James S. Wulach, Ph.D., JD, Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

"Forensic Assessment with the Millon Inventories offers a comprehensive and detailed description of the many ways the MCMI and MACI can be useful in forensic practice. A thorough and well-researched, yet highly readable and practical volume, this book will help make the Millon Inventories a part of every forensic clinician's battery of psychological tests. In short, this is a book that every forensic mental health expert should read." --Charles Patrick Ewing, J.D., Ph.D., Diplomate in Forensic Psychology, American Board of Forensic Psychology, Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo

Eric J. Van Denburg
This book describes the rationale and usage of the Millon Clinical Inventories in forensic practice. The book includes nine chapters and provides an excellent overview of the psychometric, structural, and theoretical properties of the Millon Inventories. Forensic issues are amply discussed, and many case examples provide clear descriptions of the many ways forensic psychologists might use the Millon Inventories. The authors' purpose is to "outline specific methods for using these tests in forensic contexts;" because "in our forensic work, the Millon Inventories have shown themselves to be of great practical utility." These are worthy objectives because the use of the Millon Inventories and the practice of forensic psychological work have grown greatly over the past several years. The authors admirably succeed in their objectives; their clear and thorough work provides sophisticated coverage of legal and psychological domains. The book appears to have been designed for practitioners in clinical psychology with some degree of experience in both psychological testing and forensic work. Attorneys who consult or deal with forensic psychologists would appreciate this book, especially in the process of cross-examination. It is also possible that the book could be used in an advanced graduate class in forensic psychology. Given its clarity and pithiness, its descriptions of the Millon Inventories would be a useful source in any clinical psychology graduate objective assessment sequence. Several of the chapters offer concluding comments that are useful. Numerous tables and practical case examples are offered. The individual chapters are well organized with clear headings. They provideduseful information on validity cutting scores of the Millon Inventories that would be beneficial to students learning the inventories. The table of contents, reference list, and index seemed adequate. This is a clear and dense volume that is likely to be used by forensic psychologists interested in the Millon Inventories for several years to come. Those who have had some prior experience with the clinical applications of Millon's tests will probably find the book the most useful. The book would be challenging but satisfying to advanced students in clinical psychology. The authors' clarity of thought, empirical interests, legal savvy, and strong ethical base are to be commended. The book is a model text for an advanced, complex integration of forensic work and psychology.
Booknews
A primer in the use of the Millon Inventories for students and professionals in forensics, and for those in law who want to learn more about forensic psychology. After an overview of the Millon Inventories, chapters detail the role of psychological testing in forensic assessment, using case studies, case law, empirical research, and theoretical applications. Coverage includes legal and ethical aspects, preparing testimony, and using computerized reports. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572300552
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 241
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author


Joseph T. McCann, Psy.D., J.D., is a psychologist and attorney in Binghamton, New York whose clinical and forensic practice encompasses a range of criminal, civil, and family court matters. His numerous publications are in the area of personality assessment and forensic psychology. A Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners, Dr. McCann is frequently called upon as an expert witness. He also serves as a consultant examiner for the New York State Office of Professional Discipline and is on the staff of the Binghamton Psychiatric Center's Children and Youth Mobile Mental Health Team.

Frank J. Dyer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a former member of the New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners and served as Chair of the Board's committee to develop guidelines for psychological evaluation in divorce/custody cases. He is currently in private practice in Montclair, New Jersey and serves as a consultant to a number of state agencies and professional boards.

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Table of Contents


Foreword
Preface
1. An Overview of the Millon Inventories
2. The Role of Psychological Testing in Forensic Assessment
3. Case Law and the Millon Inventories
4. Criminal Applications and Issues
5. Civil Applications and Issues
6. Psychometric Issues in Court
7. Preparation of Testimony
8. Use of Computerized Reports in Court
9. An Interpretive Strategy for the Millon Inventories in Forensic Cases
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