Manual for Using the MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention

Manual for Using the MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention

by Stephen E. Finn
     
 

This manual provides a step-by-step procedure, tested in controlled research and illustrated with case examples, for using the MMPI-2 as a therapeutic intervention. Finn covers all stages of the MMPI-2 assessment, from the initial interview, through the scoring and interpretation of the test, and culminating in the feedback session. The goal of this approach is to

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This manual provides a step-by-step procedure, tested in controlled research and illustrated with case examples, for using the MMPI-2 as a therapeutic intervention. Finn covers all stages of the MMPI-2 assessment, from the initial interview, through the scoring and interpretation of the test, and culminating in the feedback session. The goal of this approach is to gather accurate information about clients with the MMPI-2 and then to use this information to help clients understand themselves and make positive changes in their lives.Finn's appraoch advocates the dynamic involvement of client and assessor both before and after testing. This appraoch to assessment is very timely given the demands that managed care is making for demonstration of treatment efficacy.Stephen Finn is Director of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816628858
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,133,568
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

The MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention3
General Principles Underlying the Intervention5
Step 1The Initial Interview6
Purpose6
Building Rapport7
Framing the Client's Questions8
Collecting Background Information13
Dealing with Clients' Reservations about Assessment15
Hurts from Past Assessments16
Restating the Assessment Questions21
Encouraging the Client to Ask Questions21
Completing the Assessment Contract22
Introducing the MMPI-223
Step 2Preparing for the Feedback Session29
Interpreting and Organizing the Test Findings29
Tailoring the MMPI-2 Feedback to the Client34
Using Test Results to Facilitate Empathy36
Getting Emotional Support before the Feedback Session41
Step 3The Feedback Session44
Goals44
The Interpersonal Quality of the Session45
Setting the Client at Ease45
Re-establishing the Collaborative Relationship47
Orienting the Client to the MMPI-2 Profile48
Answering the Client's Assessment Questions50
Enlisting the Client in Elaborating Test Findings52
When the Client Relects a Finding54
The Most Common Mistake: Underreporting58
Pause and Support the Client's Affective Reactions59
Closing the Feedback Session59
Post-Session Check-In61
Special Issues Concerning Feedback Sessions64
Excerpts from Ms. C's Feedback Session67
Written MMPI-2 Reports for Clients79
Concluding Remarks83
References85

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