MMPI - 2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory)
Before the beginning of the Practicum experience , students must obtain a personality evaluation which includes the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) and a minimum of two visits with a qualified clinician to discuss the results. Students have reported average costs of the MMPI-2 and two appointments with the chosen clinician to be $140-350.
Although the College will not receive a detailed report of the results of the MMPI-2 due to confidentiality issues, the clinician will be asked to verify that the student took the MMPI-2 and followed up with a minimum of 2 visits with the clinician to discuss the results. The student should print the MMPI Verification Form and take it to his/her visit with the clinician so he/she is able to ask the clinician to complete the verification form and forward it to the graduate counseling program office.
The intent of Messiah's Master of Arts in Counseling Program in requiring students to obtain this personality evaluation is to allow students to reflect on their fit with the counseling career path. Students should recognize that the results of the personality evaluation might confirm the student's career decision to become a counselor, or it might indicate a need for further consultation regarding his or her results, or it might suggest that the student consider a different career direction.
The program has a list of individuals qualified to offer the MMPI-2 and sessions. If you would like this list, please contact Emily Warari. Students who live outside the local area are encouraged to contact their advisor or use an online locator tool, such as APA's Psychologist Locator (http://locator.apa.org), to aid in their search for a qualified individual in their area to administer and interpret the MMPI-2.
Self-Disclosure and Counseling Sessions
As may be expected in any counseling program, students in our counseling program may be required to self-disclose in various courses by way of reflection papers, mock counseling exercises, projects and assignments and/or other appropriate modes. In addition, all students are required to attend at least two visits with a clinician who is qualified to interpret and discuss the student’s results of the MMPI-2. The College will not receive a detailed report of the results of the MMIP-2 due to confidentiality issues, but the clinician will be asked to verify that the student took the MMPI-2 and followed up with at least 2 visits with the clinician to discuss the results.