1st Edition

Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI-2
A Positive Psychology Approach

ISBN 9780415884914
Published March 14, 2011 by Routledge
412 Pages

USD $61.95

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Book Description

Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI-2 provides the clinician with empirically-based, practical information about how to convey the abundance of information in the MMPI-2 profile in a way that is collaborative, empathic, hopeful, and facilitates a therapeutic alliance. Readers will find this book to be as useful and applicable as the MMPI-2 itself, which is used in psychiatric hospitals; correctional settings; in evaluations for job selection, general medicine, forensic and child custody cases; and even in screenings for television, game, and reality shows. The authors expand upon this already robust test by demonstrating how therapeutic assessment and feedback can be improved upon by considering three contributions from positive psychology:

  • that behavior can be viewed as potentially adaptive; traditional pathological and maladaptive behaviors can be reframed as understandable responses to stressors
  • that therapeutic feedback is empathic, nonjudgmental, and mostly jargon free; humans respond to overwhelming stress in understandable ways that the therapist can give coherence and meaning to
  • lastly, that therapeutic feedback stresses self-esteem and resilience building through self-awareness as a goal.

Discussion centers around ten scales and 27 common code types. Each section addresses the complaints, thoughts, emotions, traits and behaviors associated with the profile; therapists’ notes; lifestyle and family background; modifying scales; therapy and therapeutic pitfalls; feedback statements; and treatment and self-help suggestions. The larger page size reflects the size of the MMPI-2 interpretive reports and makes it easy for clinicians to copy pages of the book to share with their clients. Therapeutic Feedback with the MMPI-2 is the most detailed volume available on MMPI-2 feedback and is a valuable addition to the bookshelf of any clinician who uses this test.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Steps of Therapeutic Assessment and Feedback. Validity. Scale 1. Scale 2. Scale 3. Scale 4. Scale 5. Scale 6. Scale 7. Scale 8. Scale 9. Scale 0.

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Richard W. Levak, PhD, (also known as Richard Lewak) is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Del Mar, California. He specializes in personality assessment and feedback, and marital counseling. He is the coauthor of Psychological Assessment with the MMPI-2 and Therapist Guide to the MMPI & MMPI-2.

Liza Siegel, PhD, is a consulting psychologist specializing in assessment with the MMPI-2. She currently works as a consulting psychologist for television shows such as Survivor, and The Apprentice.

David S. Nichols, PhD, is a respected researcher and the author of numerous publications on the MMPI-2.

Ronald A. Stolberg, PhD, is an assistant professor at Alliant International University and a clinical psychologist. He specializes in children and adolescents at risk and psychological assessments.