Material presented in many testing textbooks is appropriately broad and comprehensive, but the effect for students new to testing is difficulty in then translating the extensive information into the practical skills of administering, scoring, and interpreting tests to help inform the treatment process. Few resources exist to help students and mental health clinicians with the daunting task of learning how to synthesize test data from numerous instruments into a meaningful treatment plan and strategy for a client. This book was written to address that need. It provides readers with clear and detailed step-by-step procedures for using the WAIS-III, MMPI 2, MMPI A, Kuder Occupational Interest Survey, and the Strong Interest Inventory. It features case examples and practice opportunities in test usage, detailed discussion of approaches to client feedback and report writing, and a review of ethical and legal considerations in using tests in clinical settings. It takes readers through a systematic explanation of how to understand and integrate data from multiple sources to maximize the information gleaned from the tests. It also emphasizes using test data to maximize helpfulness to the client and how to interpret test data to clients in language that is understandable. 

Effective MMPI Feedback Sessions and Written Reports

Effective MMPI feedback sessions and written reports

Providing clients with feedback about the results of psychological testing is not only an ethical responsibility of clinicians (American Counseling Association, 1995; American Psychological Association, 1992; Pope, 1992), but it is also a process with substantial diagnostic and therapeutic value. A competent feedback session can improve the accuracy of diagnosis, the quality of the final report of results, the strength of the therapeutic alliance, and the readiness of the client for change. This chapter presents a model for preparing and conducting that feedback session and for integrating the knowledge gained from the session into the final test report and the client's treatment plan.

Preparing for the Feedback Session

As discussed in Chapter 4, a ...

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