Using the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Forensic Psychological Evaluations

Using the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Forensic Psychological Evaluations


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Use of the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Forensic Psychological Evaluations is presented by Dr. Martin Sellbom.

This is an introductory level course to the 241-item version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent (MMPI-A), the MMPI-A Restructured Form (MMPI-A-RF). Focusing on psychological work in juvenile forensic settings, this course discusses the rationale for, and methods used to develop the MMPI-A-RF, the various sources to score and interpret the test, psychometric functioning of its scales, and interpretive recommendations. Moreover, a substantial portion of time is devoted to applications of the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Court evaluations. Furthermore, some topics of particular importance in forensic evaluations (e.g., malingering) from a personality assessment perspective are discussed in detail. The course also discusses how to defend MMPI-A-RF interpretations in court for general purposes of use, with an emphasis on Daubert and Frye challenges. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to practice the recommended strategy for MMPI-A-RF interpretation with case examples.

The fee for this program is $250 and includes all materials and worksheets.

Intended Audience

This program is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding on the MMPI-A-RF 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 course, participants should be able to:


  • Describe the rationale for, and methods used in, the development of the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the 42 MMPI-A-RF Validity and Substantive scales
  • Describe when to administer the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the psychometric properties of MMPI-A-RF scale scores
  • Describe the various score reports available for the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the interpretation strategy for the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe the forensic-correctional comparison group for the MMPI-A-RF
  • Describe how to address challenges of admissibility in court hearings
  • Describe how to assess for over- and under-reporting with the MMPI-A-RF validity scales
  • Describe MMPI-A-RF findings to addressing questions raised in juvenile delinquency hearings
  • About Dr. Martin Sellbom


    Dr. Martin Sellbom is an Associate 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), and completed a two-year post-doctoral residency at Kent State University and Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic in Akron, Ohio.
    Dr. Sellbom’s research focuses on psychopathy and other personality disorders (with a current focus on DSM-5 developments), the broader integration of personality and psychopathology, and personality assessment with the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF (especially in forensic settings). His work has been featured in over 140 peer-reviewed publications and he has 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 serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Psychological Assessment, Journal of Personality Disorders, and International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. For his clinical practice, he specializes in court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations and pre-employment evaluations for public safety positions.

    This course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn about Personality Assessment in Forensic Evaluation using the MMPI-A-RF


    Participants learn about scoring and interpreting the MMPI-A-RF, psychometric functioning of its scales, and interpretive recommendations
    – Test
    – Score
    – Interpret


    Participants learn about applications of the MMPI-A-RF in Juvenile Court evaluations
    – Perspective
    – Challenges
    – Interpretation

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 10 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

    Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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