PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING

Psychometric testing is a wonderful tool to assist your psychiatrist and psychotherapist in diagnosing and treating you as rapidly and appropriately as possible. You can take screening tests online but nothing is as effective as a test administered by a trained professional. 

Testing Confidentiality

At DCTC, we pride ourselves on maintaining your privacy. NO ONE sees your results except the clinician administering your test and your psychotherapist at DCTC. If you would like for us to send your results to your psychiatrist or release a copy of your results to you, we will gladly do that. Your results do not go into any sort of "database" and no one, including your employer, military personnel, family members, or licensing boards will ever have access to this information unless we are subpoenaed by a court of law or you sign a release of information form giving us direct permission to release your results to a specific entity or person.

16PF (Sixteen Personality factors test)

The 16PF is a test that looks at personality traits and the interaction between them. This test has been developed through years of research into the various traits that make up our personality. This test can be administered by computer through a secure connection, meaning that you can take the test at home at your convenience and have your responses securely transferred back to us. The 16PF is both an excellent adjunct to counseling addressing your presenting concerns and a great tool if you is more interested in the various facets and factors that make up their personality. As with any personality test, an interview with you is required so we can best interpret your results in light of your history.

The theory behind the 16PF suggests that our personality is defined by five global, overarching factors. Your scores in these five areas are thought to dictate how we behave and respond in a variety of settings, include work and in our relationships. These five global factors are comprised of 16 traits, such as perfectionism, shyness, and dominance, among others. The interaction of these five factors and 16 traits, then, creates a unique profile of personality characteristics that are individualized and nuanced. The 16PF also provides valuable insight into areas such as self-esteem, leadership potential, talents, and relationships. The 16PF can provide information that is beneficial for persons looking to:

  • Understand themselves more deeply and fully
  • Enhance their relationships
  • Improve their work performance
  • Identify interpersonal areas of strength
  • Highlight growth areas
  • Formulate new ideas regarding their career

The 16PF is primarily focused on long-standing personality traits rather than on a mental illness or other clinical issues. Notwithstanding, the 16PF can still provide extremely relevant and poignant information for these populations, as well. Combined with the aforementioned MMPI-2, these two measures can provide a comprehensive, in-depth look at personality and how it relations to relationships, work, mental illness, and other clinical issues.

16pf Cost

If you are interested in the 16PF, the cost is $200. This will include the interview with our testing clinician, administration of the test, and a review of the results. We also provide a report of the findings.


MMPI- ADULT VERSION

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is a test that assesses personality traits and psychopathology. It is the most widely used test of adult personality and psychopathology. The MMPI-2 is a protected psychological instrument, meaning it can only be administered by trained professionals so you cannot find the test online. While it is commonly administered by a computer nowadays, it still requires an interview with a clinician who is doing the testing. After the computer scores the test results, the psychologist writes up a report interpreting the test results in the context of the person's history and current psychological concerns.

The MMPI is primarily intended to test people who are suspected of having mental health or other clinical issues. The version of the MMPI that DCTC uses is the MMPI-2, which has 567 true/false questions. There is a shorter, revised version however, the MMPI-2 has a large research base that we feel more comfortable with. 

The MMPI-2 is designed with 10 clinical scales which assess major catagories of abnormal human behavior and four validity scales which assess the person's general test taking attitude and whether they answered the questions in a truthful accurate manner. Basically, the MMPI-2 has built in components to detect deception or manipulation.

The MMPI-2 can greatly assist your psychiatrist and psychotherapist with determining a definitive diagnosis for you as well as assist them in treatment planning. This test can provide your clinician with a great deal of information about you in a short period of time which in some cases, can speed up the therapy process. 

MMPI-A FOR ADOLESCENTS

The MMPI-A, a version of the test designed for adolescents between the ages 14 and 18, was released in 1992. The youth version was developed to improve measurement of personality, behavior difficulties, and psychopathology among adolescents. It addressed limitations of using the original MMPI among adolescent populations.

The MMPI-A has 478 items. Strengths of the MMPI-A include the use of adolescent norms, appropriate and relevant item content, and strong evidence of validity. The MMPI-A is one of the most commonly used instruments among adolescent populations.

COST

At this time, we are unable to accept insurance for testing.

If you are interested in the MMPI, the cost is $250. This includes a meeting with your testing clinician and the administration of the test. If you are seeing a DCTC therapist, that person will meet with you separately to review the results of the test. An additional fee is assessed for a test report to take with you to another mental health provider or psychiatrist.

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