This course on Personality Assessment in Forensic Evaluation using the MMPI-2-RF is presented by Dr Martin Sellbom. This introductory level course will discuss the role of personality assessment in forensic psychological assessment, including the strengths as well as challenges in its use. In particular, this course introduces the 338-item version of the MMPI-2, the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) to psychologists working in forensic settings. The MMPI-2-RF will be used as the primary personality assessment instrument throughout (though others will be referenced as well).
The rationale for and methods used to develop the MMPI-2-RF, the various materials available to score and interpret the test, psychometric functioning of its scales, and interpretive recommendations will be covered. Moreover, a substantial portion of time will be devoted to applications of personality assessment instruments in both criminal (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessment) and civil (e.g., parental capacity, child custody) forensic evaluations. Furthermore, some topics of particular importance in forensic evaluations (e.g., malingering, assessment of psychopathy) from a personality assessment perspective will be discussed in detail. The course will also emphasize discussion on how to defend MMPI-2-RF opinions in court for general purposes of use, with an emphasis on Daubert and Frye challenges. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to practice the recommended strategy for MMPI-2-RF interpretation with forensic case examples. Case illustrations will be derived from a variety of criminal and civil settings with ample opportunity for discussion.
The fee for this training program is $500.00 and participants should expect to commit approximately 20 CE hours to completing this training program. At the end of the training program there will be a quiz that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This course is relevant for mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This course is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this training program the participants will be able to:
– Describe the role of personality assessment in forensic psychological assessment
– Describe the strengths in the use of multi-scale personality inventories in forensic psychological evaluations
– Describe the challenges in the use of multi-scale personality inventories in forensic psychological evaluations
– Describe the 338-item MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF)
– Describe the rationale used to develop the MMPI-2-RF
– Describe the methods used to develop the MMPI-2-RF
– Describe how to administer the MMPI-2-RF
– Describe how to score the MMPI-2-RF
– Describe how to interpret the MMPI-2-RF
– Describe the psychometric functioning of MMPI-2-RF scales in forensic settings
– Describe interpretive recommendations
– Describe applications of the MMPI-2-RF in criminal forensic evaluations (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessment)
– Describe applications of MMPI-2-RF in civil forensic evaluations (e.g., parental capacity, child custody, personal injury)
– Describe topics of importance in forensic evaluations from an MMPI-2-RF perspective, including assessment of malingering, defensiveness, and psychopathy
– Describe the admissibility of MMPI-2-RF-based opinions in court
About Dr. Martin Sellbom
Dr. Sellbom is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio), and completed a two-year post-doctoral residency at Kent State University and Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic in Akron, Ohio.
Dr. Sellbom’s research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders (with a current focus on DSM-5 developments), the broader integration of personality and psychopathology, and personality assessment with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF (especially in forensic settings). His work has been featured in over 140 peer-reviewed publications and he has won several awards, including the American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award – both for early career achievement. Dr. Sellbom serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Psychological Assessment, Journal of Personality Disorders, and International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. For his clinical practice, he specializes in court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment evaluations for public safety positions.
This course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn about Personality Assessment in Forensic Evaluation using the MMPI-2-RF
Participants will learn about scoring and interpreting the MMPI-2-RF, psychometric functioning of its scales, and interpretive recommendations
– Defend MMPI-2-RF
– Practice Strategies
– Case Illustrations
Participants will learn about applications of personality assessment instruments in criminal and civil forensic evaluations.
– Competency to Stand Trial
– Criminal Responsibility
– Risk Assessment
– Parent Capacity
– Child Custody
“This is a fantastic course and I enjoyed the opportunity to practice and score current case examples.”
“Dr. Sellbom is a terrific instructor! One of the best courses I have ever taken.”
“Dr. Sellbom is good at addressing forensic use of the instrument, forensic topics and primer on each.”
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 20 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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