Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Personnel Evaluations

Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Personnel Evaluations


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced professional training program on Using the MMPI-2-RF in Public Safety Personnel Evaluations is presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom.

This course will introduce the 338-item version of the MMPI-2, the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) to psychologists working with public safety personnel. The rationale for and methods used to develop the MMPI-2-RF, the various materials available to score and interpret the test, and interpretive recommendations will be covered. Moreover, a substantial portion of time will be devoted to applications of the MMPI-2-RF in various public safety evaluations, including for pre-employment screening and fitness for duty evaluation purposes. A recommended screening strategy will be covered with a discussion of empirically validated evaluation dimensions (based on California POST guidelines) for screening purposes. A variety of workplace concerns will be discussed and empirical support for various recommendations will be reviewed. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to practice the recommended strategy for MMPI-2-RF interpretation with case examples.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding on the MMPI-2-RF in public safety personnel evaluations including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:


  • Describe the rationale for and methods used to develop the MMPI-2-RF
  • Describe the 51 MMPI-2-RF scales
  • Describe the interpretative framework for the MMPI-2-RF
  • Describe recommended procedure for evaluating public safety personnel
  • Describe a rational strategy for interpreting MMPI-2-RF under reporting scales in pre-employment contexts
  • Describe typical responding to the MMPI-2-RF in pre-employment contexts
  • Describe the research literature supporting recommendations for MMPI-2-RF application in pre-employment evaluations
  • Describe procedures and best practices in pre-employment psychological evaluations using the MMPI-2-RF

About Dr. Martin Sellbom

Dr Martin Sellbom is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA). Dr Sellbom’s research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders, the broader integration of personality and psychopathology, and applied personality assessment with the MMPI-2-RF. His work has been featured in about 200 peer-reviewed publications, and he has co-authored a book titled Forensic Applications of the MMPI-2-RF: A Case Book. He has also won several awards, including the American Psychology-Law Society’s Saleem Shah Award and Society for Personality Assessment’s Samuel and Anne Beck Award – both for early career achievement. Dr Sellbom is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality Assessment. For his clinical practice, he specializes in court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment evaluations for public safety positions.

MMPI-2 (Restructured Form)
– Rationale
– Methods
– Development

Applications of the MMPI-2-RF:
– Pre-employment screening
– Fitness for duty

Recommended Screening Strategy and recommendations:
– Workplace concerns
– Empirical support
– Interpretation
– Case Examples

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 10 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.

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