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Manual for using the MMPI-2 as a therapeutic intervention
Finn, Stephen Edward.
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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [1996]

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86 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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This manual provides a step-by-step procedure, tested in controlled research and illustrated with case examples, for using the MMPI-2 as a therapeutic intervention. Finn covers all stages of the MMPI-2 assessment, from the initial interview, through the scoring and interpretation of the test, and culminating in the feedback session. The goal of this approach is to gather accurate information about clients with the MMPI-2 and then to use this information to help clients understand themselves and make positive changes in their lives.Finn's appraoch advocates the dynamic involvement of client and assessor both before and after testing. This appraoch to assessment is very timely given the demands that managed care is making for demonstration of treatment efficacy.Stephen Finn is Director of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas.

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Stephen Finn is Director of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas

Table of Contents

The MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Interventionp. 3
General Principles Underlying the Interventionp. 5
Step 1. The Initial Interviewp. 6
Purposep. 6
Building Rapportp. 7
Framing the Client's Questionsp. 8
Collecting Background Informationp. 13
Dealing with Clients' Reservations about Assessmentp. 15
Hurts from Past Assessmentsp. 16
Restating the Assessment Questionsp. 21
Encouraging the Client to Ask Questionsp. 21
Completing the Assessment Contractp. 22
Introducing the MMPI-2p. 23
Step 2. Preparing for the Feedback Sessionp. 29
Interpreting and Organizing the Test Findingsp. 29
Tailoring the MMPI-2 Feedback to the Clientp. 34
Using Test Results to Facilitate Empathyp. 36
Getting Emotional Support before the Feedback Sessionp. 41
Step 3. The Feedback Sessionp. 44
Goalsp. 44
The Interpersonal Quality of the Sessionp. 45
Setting the Client at Easep. 45
Re-establishing the Collaborative Relationshipp. 47
Orienting the Client to the MMPI-2 Profilep. 48
Answering the Client's Assessment Questionsp. 50
Enlisting the Client in Elaborating Test Findingsp. 52
When the Client Rejects a Findingp. 54
The Most Common Mistake: Underreportingp. 58
Pause and Support the Client's Affective Reactionsp. 59
Closing the Feedback Sessionp. 59
Post-Session Check-Inp. 61
Special Issues Concerning Feedback Sessionsp. 64
Excerpts from Ms. C's Feedback Sessionp. 67
Written MMPI-2 Reports for Clientsp. 79
Concluding Remarksp. 83
Referencesp. 85
Tables & Figures
Table 1. The Initial Interviewp. 24
Table 2. Organizing the Content of an MMPI-2 Interpretationp. 30
Table 3. Ms. C - MMPI-2 Resultsp. 32
Table 4. Implications of MMPI-2 Scale Elevations for Test Feedbackp. 38
Table 5. Using MMPI-2 Basic Scales to Anticipate Client Reactionsp. 40
Table 6. Preparatory Notes for Ms. C's MMPI-2 Feedback Sessionp. 42
Table 7. The Feedback Sessionp. 63
Table 8. Post-Assessment Reflections on Ms. Cp. 77
Table 9. Written Report Given to Ms. C and Her Responsep. 80
Figure 1. The MMPI-2 Interventionp. 4
Figure 2. Ms. C - Basic MMPI-2 Profilep. 31
Figure 3. Ms. C's Comments on the MMPI-2 Reportp. 81