Trends in Training and Trainee Competence in Personality Assessment in Health Service Psychology doctoral students: A pilot study

Paul Ingram, Matthew Cribett, Adam Schmidt

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Abstract

This investigation surveyed students (n = 91) from 16 American Psychological Association accredited doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology about knowledge and training in personality assessment. We report self-perceived competency on specific instruments as well as training trends in coursework and instrument exposure in clinical settings. We also evaluate skill at interpretation on a popular personality instrument using two tasks, a narrative interpretation where trainees estimate an originating score profile using a standardized interpretive report and a symptom probability task where trainees predict the likelihood of symptoms based on a score profile. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) were the most frequently trained and utilized and had the highest self-perceived competence. When given interpretation tasks to evaluate assessment skills using the MMPI-2-RF, trainee performance was variable
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-263
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
StatePublished - Nov 2019

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