Applications in Personality Testing

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 8 and 9 in the textbook and carefully review Section 4 of Chapter 7 in the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (2006) guide, Testing and Assessment: A Guide to Good Practices for Workforce Investment Professionals. In addition, review all the required articles for this week, as well as the Case Description: Mr. I—Psychiatric Inpatient Interpretive Report and the PSY640 Week Four Psychological Assessment Report.

For this discussion, you will take on the role of a psychologist who was recently assigned two new clients. You will examine psychological assessment information presented in two different formats: a computer generated interpretative report of personality test results for the patient Mr. I and a psychological report written by a licensed psychologist for the patient Ms. S. In your initial post, you will examine the personality assessment instruments used in each report. 

Carefully review the Case Description: Mr. I—Psychiatric Inpatient Interpretive Report; this patient was referred to you after being admitted into a psychiatric inpatient facility. Write a one-paragraph summary of the computer generated MMPI-2-RF results for Mr. I based on the information in the interpretive report. 

In your role as the psychologist who evaluated Ms. S., examine the personality and ability testing results in the PSY640 Week Four Psychological Assessment Report. In your next meeting with Ms. S, you will be required to give her a copy of the psychological assessment report and discuss the results with her by explaining the psychological concepts effectively observing appropriate professional standards. In order to share this discussion with your colleagues, you will create a screencast of a three- to five-minute assessment feedback session, which must walk the client through the report and summarize the most pertinent information from the psychological assessment report in language your client can understand. You may use any screen-casting software you choose. Quick-Start Guides are available for Screencast-O-Matic for your convenience. Once you have created your screencast, include the link in your initial post. 

In your initial post, provide an evaluation of the contents of both psychological evaluations in terms of ethical standards and the professionalism of the interpretation of the testing and assessment data presented. Write an analysis of the psychometric methodologies employed in the development and validation of the MMPI-2-RF personality test used with both clients. Develop a list of at least two additional tests of personality or emotional functioning to administer to the two clients that demonstrate acceptable validity. Justify your inclusion of each additional assessment measure in terms of the validity of the assessment measure and your clients’ presenting concerns, diagnosis, and prognosis. 

Guided Response: Review several of your colleagues’ posts, and respond to at least two of your peers by 11:59 p.m. on Day 7 of the week. You are encouraged to post your required replies earlier in the week to promote more meaningful interactive discourse in this discussion. Assess the additional instruments suggested by your colleague. How would these suggested measures provide reliable, valid, and culturally appropriate results for each of the given scenarios? Use scholarly and/or peer-reviewed resources to support your assertions. What other measure(s) would you suggest your colleague use in this situation? Continue to monitor the discussion forum until 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) on Day 7 of the week and respond to anyone who replies to your initial post. 

Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.

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