Interpreting the MMPI-3

Overview on the book-based exam for Yossef Ben-Porath and Martin Sellbom's Interpreting the MMPI-3

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The material presented in the course is based on a broad literature that provides the foundations for empirically validated applications of the MMPI-3. The course provides the information necessary for a qualified user to interpret the MMPI-3 in the wide range of settings in which the test is used. 

The book content builds on the psychometric and assessment foundations provided by doctoral-level psychology training programs by providing instruction on how to apply this knowledge when using the MMPI-3. The book-based exam tests attendees’ acquired knowledge of the rationale for and methods used in developing the MMPI-3, the conceptual foundations for using the MMPI-3 to assess for various threats to protocol validity, key features of the MMPI-3 Validity and Substantive Scales, and the recommended approach for developing an integrated MMPI-3 interpretation.   


After taking this course you will be able to– 

  1. Describe the MMPI-3 background and development process.
  2. Describe the MMPI-3 normative samples.
  3. Describe the 52 MMPI-3 scales and the constructs assessed by the MMPI-3 scales.
  4. Identify basic sources available to guide MMPI-3 administration, scoring, and interpretation.
  5. Follow the standard procedures for MMPI-3 administration and scoring as described in the MMPI-3 manual.
  6. Use the MMPI-3 Validity Scales to assess for various threats to protocol validity.
  7. Interpret MMPI-3 substantive scale scores.
  8. Interpret MMPI-3 protocols following standard interpretation procedures for the test.

Author disclosure statement: Yossef Ben-Porath and Martin Sellbom are paid consultants to the MMPI publisher, the University of Minnesota, and distributor, Pearson. As coauthor of the MMPI-3, Yossef Ben-Porath receives royalties on sales of the test.

About the CE sponsor:

The University of Minnesota Press Test Division is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Minnesota Press Test Division maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The University of Minnesota Press Test Division provides continuing education programs focused on the MMPI and MPQ for psychologists and other mental health professionals, including in-person and virtual training, a research symposium, and book-based exams for titles published by the University of Minnesota Press.