Practitioner’s bookshelf – Psychological assessment, part II

In this recurring feature, we bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients, along with the second installment of our focus on psychological assessment resources

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April 14, 2011— In this recurring feature, we’ll bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This month, part two of our focus on psychological assessment, with volumes on specific assessment instruments.

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Psychological Assessment Resources

Specific Assessment Instruments
By Carolyn L. Williams and James N. Butcher
A Beginner's Guide to the MMPI–A provides an introduction to an assessment standard that is solidly grounded in adolescent psychology. It can be used as a text in graduate classes, as a how-to for psychologists interpreting the MMPI–A, or as a reference book. It is written for a diverse audience to include physicians, social workers, counselors and attorneys, along with psychologists. Williams and Butcher explain, in jargon-free language, how the MMPI–A was developed and how it can be interpreted using the multiple scales added over its almost 70-year history.
By James N. Butcher
In clear, accessible language, this book introduces readers to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory–2 (MMPI–2), the most widely researched and broadly used personality assessment instrument. James N. Butcher, one of the authors of the MMPI–2, explains how the instrument was developed to describe and predict behavior in a range of applied settings. Guidance is provided for administering and interpreting the results, with case studies to illustrate major concepts. This user-friendly but comprehensive primer is essential reading for non-psychologist professionals who need a quick overview of the test, as well as for students of clinical and personality assessment who seek a reliable introductory text.
Edited by James N. Butcher
MMPI–2: A Practitioner's Guide is a compendium of original contributions that focus on new developments and applications for the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI–2), the most widely researched and broadly used personality assessment instrument. This handbook, which is specifically geared for clinicians and graduate students, addresses both research and clinical applications of the MMPI–2. The contributors to this volume are a distinguished team of psychologists with established expertise in both assessment research and practical contributions to test interpretation. The chapters cover theoretical issues that affect the interpretation of the MMPI–2 in a wide range of circumstances, such as the presence of neurological injury, PTSD, or substance abuse, as well as in particular settings and with diverse populations.
By John R. Graham
Completely updated and revised, this fourth edition provides a comprehensive insight into personality. It encompasses all that has been learned about the original MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and its revisions – the MMPI-2 for use with adults and the MMPI-A for use with adolescents. Ideal for graduate courses in psychological assessment, it is also useful as a reference guide for researchers and clinicians.
By Roger L. Greene
Written by a nationally-recognized authority in the field of assessment, this manual provides an introduction to basic issues in the development and administration of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF as well as a step-by-step procedure for interpreting the test. It discusses the use of the MMPI-2 with special groups and reviews the use and interpretation of critical items, special scales and short forms. Summaries of empirical research are included in each chapter to illustrate the bases for interpretations.
By John E. Exner
The Rorschach®: A Comprehensive System, Volume 1, Fourth Edition retains the thorough, authoritative coverage that has kept this book at the forefront of the field, while combining approaches to both evaluation and interpretation for the first time in a single volume. This new edition provides updated research and information on administering, scoring and interpreting the Rorschach® test, as well as new normative data, coverage of recent controversies and criticisms of the test and illustrative case studies. New to this edition is the latest normative data for interpreting the Rorschach®, more cases illustrating the techniques for administering, scoring and interpreting the test, new chapters on interpretation and a chapter on recent controversies surrounding the test.
By John E. Exner Jr. and Philip Erdberg
This Third Edition of Volume Two: Advanced Interpretation, with new and updated information and case studies, provides an essential companion to the basic foundations and principles outlined in Volume One: Basic Foundations and Principles of Interpretation. New to this edition: All-new case studies describing accurate use of the Rorschach in the assessment of children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of clinical and forensic settings, new research developments, new additions to Exner's Comprehensive System, expanded reference data, including non-patient data and expanded coverage of the cluster approach to organizing data for interpretation. The leading guide to the study and implementation of the Rorschach for more than three decades, this latest volume from John Exner and Philip Erdberg is must-read for any serious scholar or user of the Rorschach.
By Irving B. Weiner
This second edition of Irving Weiner's classic comprehensive, clinician-friendly guide to utilizing the Rorschach for personality description has been revised to reflect both recent modifications in the Rorschach Comprehensive System and new evidence concerning the soundness and utility of Rorschach assessment. It integrates the basic ingredients of structural, thematic, behavioral and sequence analysis strategies into systematic guidelines for describing personality functioning.
By Dan Jankowski
The MCMI-III is the foremost personality assessment instrument in use today and has quickly become the instrument of choice among clinicians evaluating psychiatric patients. A Beginner's Guide to the MCMI-III provides an excellent introduction to the instrument and teaches readers how to master the fundamentals of its use. This guide features a straightforward explanation of Millon's theory of personality; comprehensive coverage of MCMI-III's composition, including guidance on administering and scoring the inventory; detailed descriptions of clinical personality patterns and personality disorders; guidelines and tips for writing complete and accurate psychological profiles; and practice cases and review exercises to test your understanding.
By James P. Choca
Interpretive Guide to the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory is designed to help mental health graduate students and professionals understand and interpret the MCMI-III. By way of a thorough review of the available literature, the book discusses the design, development and operating characteristics of the inventory, along with the basics of personality theory. This now classic volume provides a step-by-step method to interpret the MCMI-III along with extensive case reports examples. As presented in previous editions, this method is unique in its emphasis of the examinee's personality style as opposed to relying on automated interpretations or interpretive systems. This book will continue to be a definitive source for using the MCMI in assessment, treatment, and psychotherapy and thereby assisting clinicians, researchers and students of psychology help their clients in the best possible way.
Edited by Lawrence G. Weiss, Donald H. Saklofske, Diane Coalson and Susan Engi Raiford
Published in August of 2008, WAIS-IV is the most widely used intelligence test for adults in the world. Substantive changes were made to the WAIS-IV from the WAIS-III leaving clinicians with questions as to how to use and interpret the measure effectively. Written by the creators of the new test, this book serves as the ultimate insider's guide to the new test, providing users with the kind of access to norms and data that would be unavailable to any subsequent book on clinical use of this measure. The book discusses the changes made between 3rd and 4th editions along with an FAQ and answers about use and interpretation.
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