“The Indispensable Flame”: Hope as Healing in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment (1.25 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Diane H. Engelman Session Abstract: SPA's 2021 convention theme is Advancing Standards in Personality Assessment. Advancements evolve from ideas and experiences, both old and new. In the 1950s, psychiatrist Karl Menninger rallied colleagues to the "indispensable flame" of Hope in dealing with patients. In 2018, Rorschachiana (Vol 39, Issue 1) published an … Continue reading “The Indispensable Flame”: Hope as Healing in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment (1.25 CE Credits)

A Window into Hikikomori, an Increasingly Global Syndrome of Shutting Out Society (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Tomoko Miwa Session Abstract: This case discussion presents a classic case of hikikomori in a male adolescent in Japan. The first presenter will describe hikikomori, a phenomenon and syndrome once unique to Japan, but increasingly found worldwide. It is a condition whereby an individual becomes an extreme recluse. Individuals with hikikomori often … Continue reading A Window into Hikikomori, an Increasingly Global Syndrome of Shutting Out Society (1.5 CE Credits)

Advancements in Measuring Criterion A of the Alternative Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD) – Symposium (1.5 CE Credits)

MARCH 20TH | 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM (ET) Sessions Abstract: The Alternative Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD; APA, 2013) Criterion A describes the severity of personality impairment, meant to represent what all personality disorders share in common. Recently there have been several new measures developed to capture this core of personality dysfunction. This symposium brings … Continue reading Advancements in Measuring Criterion A of the Alternative Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD) – Symposium (1.5 CE Credits)

An Examination of Test Bias on the MMPI-A-RF Higher-Order Scales

Corresponding Author Information: Catherine Hanigan Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Research on potential test bias has been conducted on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) instruments since the publication of the original MMPI. While assessment profiles are known to be influenced by a range of demographic variables, bias is indicated when an instrument measures a … Continue reading An Examination of Test Bias on the MMPI-A-RF Higher-Order Scales

Curious About Being a “Mindhunter”? Pathways to Forensic Psychology (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Elizabeth Wheeler Session Abstract: Do you love assessment? Curious about the range of professional options in the forensic realm? If yes, this presentation is for you! This discussion is geared towards early career professionals and students who will soon be entering the workforce. Perhaps you have questions about how to build up … Continue reading Curious About Being a “Mindhunter”? Pathways to Forensic Psychology (1.5 CE Credits)

Differentiating between Suicide Attempters and Ideators: Evidence from MMPI-3 Scores

Corresponding Author Information: Megan Whitman Session Abstract: Many constructs that are generally predictive of suicidal ideation and behavior do not significantly discriminate between individuals who experience suicidal ideation without engaging in suicidal behavior (“ideators-only”) and suicide attempters (“attempters”). The goal of the current study was to identify constructs measured by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-3 … Continue reading Differentiating between Suicide Attempters and Ideators: Evidence from MMPI-3 Scores

Do Stressful Life Events Moderate the Relationship between Borderline Personality Traits and Depressive Symptoms?

Session Abstract: Previous research offers mixed support for the hypothesis that stressful life events moderate the relationship between borderline personality and other mental health outcomes. The current study seeks to extend this literature by examining multiple different types of stressful life events (unemployment, the end of a romantic relationship, and combat-related trauma) and conceptualizing borderline personality … Continue reading Do Stressful Life Events Moderate the Relationship between Borderline Personality Traits and Depressive Symptoms?

Exploring Adolescent Personality Traits Through the MMPI-A-RF Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales

Corresponding Author Information: Mary Alexandra Norris Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Adolescence is a uniquely critical time in development that consists of several changes including the ongoing development of personality traits. Specifically, adolescents experience an increase in internalizing and externalizing symptoms in comparison to early developmental stages. Therefore, it is critical to assess personality in … Continue reading Exploring Adolescent Personality Traits Through the MMPI-A-RF Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) Scales

Introducing the MMPI-3 – Symposium (1.5 CE Credits)

MARCH 17TH | 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM (ET) Session Abstract: This symposium introduces the MMPI-3 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-3; Ben-Porath & Tellegen 2020), a 335-item version of the MMPI instruments designed to provide a comprehensive and efficient assessment of clinically relevant variables with updated items, scales, and norms. In the first presentation, MMPI-3 co-authors Yossef … Continue reading Introducing the MMPI-3 – Symposium (1.5 CE Credits)

Malingering Research: A Multi-Method Perspective – Symposium (1.5. CE Credits)

MARCH 18TH | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (ET) Session Abstract: During the past two decades over 1,200 papers on malingering research were published. To offer an overview and an update on the status of the art, this symposium adopts a multi-method perspective and reports on a series of studies conducted using different instruments. Mike Bagby … Continue reading Malingering Research: A Multi-Method Perspective – Symposium (1.5. CE Credits)