Personality Assessment   [Archived Catalog]
2011-2012 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum

PY 436 - Personality Assessment

Prerequisite(s): PY 425 . This course introduces models of objective and projective personality assessment. The goal is to leave this course with a foundational conceptual and practical knowledge of personality assessment techniques. Students learn the administration, scoring, and interpretation of major personality instruments in both objective and projective realms such as MMPI-2/A, Rorschach (Exner system and content analysis), and the Thematic Apperception Test. Throughout the "lecture" and "lab" portions of the course, students learn quantitative and qualitative methods of interpretation. Students learn to understand the construction and psychometric properties of the instruments, and the standardization process and the appropriateness of generalizing interpretively from that sample. Students will also be introduced to clinical and actuarial approaches to diagnosis and treatment planning. (3 credits)