20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Personality Assessment in Forensic Evaluation using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, 2nd Edition, Restructured Form is presented by Martin Sellbom, PhD.

This introductory level course discusses the role of personality assessment in forensic psychological assessment, including the strengths as well as challenges in its use. In particular, this course introduces the 338-item version of the MMPI-2, the MMPI-2-RF to psychologists working in forensic settings. The MMPI-2-RF is used as the primary personality assessment instrument throughout (though others are referenced as well).

The rationale for and methods used to develop the MMPI-2-RF, the various materials available to score and interpret the test, psychometric functioning of its scales, and interpretive recommendations are covered. Moreover, a substantial portion of time is devoted to applications of personality assessment instruments in both criminal (e.g., competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, risk assessment) and civil (e.g., parental capacity, child custody) forensic evaluations. Furthermore, some topics of particular importance in forensic evaluations (e.g., malingering, assessment of psychopathy) from a personality assessment perspective are discussed in detail. The course also emphasizes discussion on how to defend MMPI-2-RF opinions in court for general purposes of use, with an emphasis on Daubert and Frye challenges. Finally, participants have an opportunity to practice the recommended strategy for MMPI-2-RF interpretation with forensic case examples. Case illustrations are derived from a variety of criminal and civil settings with ample opportunity for discussion.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of the PCL instruments in forensic and correctional practice

  • Describe various theoretical perspectives of psychopathy

  • Describe the Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Revised

  • Describe the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality

  • Describe how the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how the Personality Assessment Inventory measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how the NEO Personality Inventory-3 measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how the Millon Multiaxial Clinical Inventory – IV measures psychopathy and its associated research base

  • Describe how to use clinical assessment instruments in context of other information in the assessment of psychopathy

Presented By

Martin Sellbom, PhD

Martin Sellbom is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University. His research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders, the integration of personality and psychopathology, and personality assessment with the MMPI instruments. Professor Sellbom's work has been featured in approximately 250 publications and he has co-authored a book on the forensic applications of the MMPI-2-RF (published by the University of Minnesota Press). He has won several awards, including the American Psychological Foundation’s Theodore Millon mid-career award for advancing personality science, American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award for early career achievement. Professor Sellbom serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality Assessment. For his clinical practice, he specializes in forensic psychological evaluations.

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  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Personal Assessment and MMPI-2-RF Development

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    MMPI-2-RF Scales

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Adminsitering and Scoring

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6


    • Lesson 5 Video

    • MMPI-2-RF Interpretation Worksheet

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Forensic Applications

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    MMPI-2-RF Criticisms

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Assessment of Malingering

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Interpretative Guidelines

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Detailed Case Examples

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Case Example #1

    • Case Example #2

    • Case Example #3

    • Case Example #4

    • Case Example #5

    • Sample Score Report

    • Annotated Sample Report

  • 12

    Criminal Responsibility

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Case Example #6

    • Case Example #7

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Competency To Stand Trial

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Case Example #8a

    • Case Example #8b

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Violence Risk Assessment

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Case Example #9

    • Case Example #10

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Sex Offender Risk Assessment

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Case Example #11

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Sentence Mitigation

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Case Example #12

    • Case Example #13

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Family Law Assessment

    • Lesson 16 Video

    • Case Example #14a

    • Case Example #14b

    • Case Example #15

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18

    Personal Injury and Disability

    • Lesson 17 Video

    • Case Example #16

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 19


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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