This webinar focuses on the MMPI-2-RF (Restructured Form) in Forensic Psychological Evaluations. This introductory level webinar discusses the role of the 338-item version of the MMPI-2, the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) to psychologists working in forensic settings. The rationale for and methods used to develop the MMPI-2-RF, the various materials available to score and interpret the test, and psychometric functioning of its scales are covered. The majority of the time is devoted to applications of the MMPI-2-RF in both criminal (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessment) and civil (e.g., parental capacity) forensic evaluations, with case illustrations for each psycho-legal question being emphasized. This section also includes a brief discussion on how to defend MMPI-2-RF opinions in court for general purposes of use, with an emphasis on Daubert and Frye challenges.
The MMPI-2-RF is the latest version of the time honored inventory, MMPI.
1. It takes about half the time to administer (usually 30 to 50 minutes), because this latest version has fewer items, 338 vs. 567 items.
2. Although many differences exist between it and the MMPI2, the two most important are the isolation of items throughout the inventory concerning demoralization and moving them into a separate scale and the addition of the revised PSY5 scales, which are related to the personality disorder clusters noted in the DSM classification.
3. Many of the psycho-legal questions asked by courts or lawyers to address require consideration of response bias and mental health functioning. The MMPI-2-RF likely offers the best combination of any psychological test instrument to get a good sense of an individual’s approach to the evaluation (via the Validity Scales) and current mental health and personality functioning.
Advantages the MMPI-2-RF offers over other tests?
There is no other test out there with the same wide range of Validity Scales, which makes the test so useful in forensic and clinical contexts. The MMPI-2-RF also measures a plethora of important clinical constructs in a very efficient manner, and these constructs are clearly aligned with contemporary and emerging models of psychopathology and personality. Finally, MMPI-2-RF scales have appeared in almost 300 peer-reviewed articles, which is quite impressive given how long these scales have actually been available.
The MMPI-2-RF provides unique information not available from any other test, namely, whether a test taker is reporting psychiatric, cognitive, and physical symptoms in a credible manner. I like to use the analogy that if a test taker obtains high elevations on MMPI-2-RF over-report validity scales, it is like a “buzzer going off,” signaling that the person’s self-report of symptoms is not likely valid or reliable. There is no other instrument that provides the range of over-report data available in the MMPI-2-RF.
Given that: 1) there are nearly 300 peer-reviewed publications on the MMPI-2-RF, 2) research shows that it is a psychometrically superior instrument to the MMPI-2, and 3) it has additional validity scales and well-validated substantive scales as compared to the MMPI-2, I take the position that it is actually opposing experts who need to justify why they continue to use the MMPI-2.
– The role of MMPI-2 and MMPI-2 RF in forensic settings
– Applications of the MMPI-2-RF in criminal and civil forensic evaluations
– Defending the MMPI-2-RF opinions in court
This webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding of the MMPI-2-RF including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.