You are working for the client
What is the psychopathology/diagnosis
The audience is usually the client and other
Who are you working for?
Different assessment questions
Report goes to
Watch your language
â€œhe is likely a rather sad man
who experiences a pervasive
dysthymia with recurring periods
of anxiety. His thinking may
frequently be overcontrolled,
although occasionally distracted
by an upsurge of disruptive
Who Gets to challenge It
â€¢Write it like a good attorney is going to
â€¢Look, in detail, for weaknesses and flaws
You may have to defend the
report in court
The focus/writing should be to
the data, not the case
Avoid basing it only on a
Use more than one
Back it up with research
Clarify with client referral source, purpose, and informed consent
Lamb Warning: Be clear about how this ties in with their legal situation
â€œA notification given to an individual by a clinician, prior to an
evaluation, that the individualâ€™s participation is voluntary and may
be terminated at any time, and that any communications made
during the course of the evaluation will not be privileged and may
be disclosed in court proceedings. A Lamb Warning is only valid if
the individual knowingly and voluntarily agrees to waive the
privilege upon receiving such notification. Commonwealth v. Lamb,
365 Mass. 265 (1974).â€
What would you
Instruments must fit the
Know strengths and
limitations of instruments
Types of Instruments
Objective vs. Projective
IQ/Cognitive functioning (WAIS, KAIT)
Self-report (MMPI, MCMI)
Semi-structured interview (PCL)
Structured interview (SCID)
Why the MMPI as a Model
The most widely used psychopathology/personality psychological test
Extensively used in forensic assessment
Most legally â€œdefensibleâ€ test
Examines multidimensional (as opposed to unidimentional)
Strong research base
Most current version is MMPI-3 which built on the MMPI-2RF
Both MMPI-3 and MMPI-2RF have a different set of scales
Language and interpreters
Cultural impacts on tests
Cultural impact on diagnosing
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