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Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel with the MMPI-3

Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel with the MMPI-3

A Practical Guide

Yossef S. Ben-Porath and David M. Corey

A hands-on guide for using the MMPI-3 when assessing suitability and fitness for duty of public safety personnel

496 Pages, 7 x 10 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9781517912635
  • Published: September 10, 2024
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Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel with the MMPI-3

A Practical Guide

Yossef S. Ben-Porath and David M. Corey

ISBN: 9781517912635

Publication date: September 10th, 2024

496 Pages

23 black and white illustrations and 24 tables

10 x 7

"David M. Corey and Yossef S. Ben-Porath’s volume lives up to its promise of being a practical guide. The book provides a comprehensive discussion of the various upgrades embodied in the MMPI-3. The model the authors propose for integrating the MMPI-3 as part of a multimodal assessment of suitability or fitness-for-duty for public safety applicants and incumbents is applicable to using any standardized test for these purposes. The chapters on case studies are a bonus. Corey and Ben-Porath include thought-provoking hypothetical cases of real issues and conundrums that psychologists and psychiatrists commonly encounter when conducting these evaluations. This volume has become an indispensable reference on my bookshelf." —Mark Zelig, PhD, ABPP

 

"Assessing Police and Other Public Safety Personnel With the MMPI-3 is a clearly written and well-organized work that explains the usefulness of the MMPI-3 Public Safety Candidate Interpretive Reports (PSCIRs) as well as how to use the MMPI-3 effectively in fitness-for-duty evaluations. The book addresses relevant state and federal laws, regulations, and mandates for evaluations; ethical and testing standards; and pertinent guidelines for public safety evaluations. Key points include discussions of threats to validity, static vs. dynamic risk markers, and understanding VA compensation ratings. Clarifying the evaluator’s role in determining suitability through the integration of multiple data sources is well done. Case examples showcase this point throughout, describing how to apply the data in reports. ‘Risk mitigation does not equal risk elimination,’ is the mantra here, one useful for both the evaluator as well as the hiring authority being served." —Jocelyn E. Roland, PhD, ABPP

 


A hands-on guide for using the MMPI-3 when assessing suitability and fitness for duty of public safety personnel
 

Factors unique to police and public safety candidate selection require adjustments to standard guidelines when interpreting MMPI-3 scores. David M. Corey and Yossef S. Ben-Porath’s latest work broadly focuses on use of the MMPI-3 in both prehire suitability evaluations and posthire fitness-for-duty evaluations of individuals in public safety occupations.

 

This practical guide was written for clinicians who conduct evaluations of incumbent public safety personnel as well as candidates for law enforcement, correctional, firefighter/medic, or emergency dispatcher positions. The chapters are devoted to foundational and practical knowledge required for conducting these evaluations, including a concise primer on the MMPI-3, common procedural and legal requirements, and contextual factors affecting evaluations. The book also provides case illustrations that demonstrate use of integrative models in preemployment and fitness-for-duty evaluations and includes expanded coverage of the updated MMPI-3 Police Candidate Interpretive Report as well as the newly released Correctional Candidate Interpretive Report, Dispatcher Candidate Interpretive Report, and Firefighter Candidate Interpretive Report.

David M. Corey, PhD, is a practicing psychologist in Portland, Oregon, with more than 40 years of experience conducting suitability and fitness evaluations for police and other public safety positions. He is coauthor of the MMPI-3 Public Safety Candidate Interpretive Reports, as well as other peer-reviewed books, chapters, and journal articles on assessing public safety personnel.

 

Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD, is professor emeritus of psychological sciences at Kent State University and a board-certified clinical psychologist. He has been involved extensively in MMPI research for more than 38 years, codeveloping the MMPI-3 and coauthoring many test manuals, books, book chapters, and articles on the MMPI instruments.