Tag Archives: assessment

PTSD and Malingering: Practice Pointers

There appears to be a dramatic split among mental health professionals who write primarily from a treatment or plaintiff perspective and those who take a more skeptical approach. This article by Steve Rubenzer reviews recent developments in the assessment of malingering, including symptom validity measures, and applies them to the assessment of PTSD. Recommendations for current practice are provided.

Can Psychologists Predict Future Behavior?

I was always taught that psychology is about the description and prediction of behavior. Description? Easy. I can do that! Prediction? Well, er….not so fast. But isn’t description also prediction? If I say that John has an IQ of 100, it is clearly a description, subject of course to a whole bunch of caveats based […]

Court-Involved Therapists

I do a lot of child custody work as well as consultations and second opinions in ongoing child custody cases at Family Court. This provides the opportunity to engage therapists in managing cases as well as observe therapists in action on ongoing cases. (I will address the issue of psychological evaluations later). There is probably no […]

Why are people bad: Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS)

Working in criminal forensic psychology, a lot of attention is devoted to the role of psychosis in criminal offenses. In Hawaii law, based on the Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute, a person is not criminally responsible (insane) when their cognitive and/or volitional capacities were substantially impaired by a physical or mental disease, […]

More on Validity Scales

The issue of validity scales and their use in psychological assessments, especially in situations where “situational demands” are intense (e.g., child custody, child welfare, employee selection) has really gotten my attention. Here is a proposal we are submitting for a presentation next March in Boston. Symposium Proposal–Society for Personality Assessment Annual Meeting–Boston, MA March 2011 […]

Work in progress: Self-report Validity Indicators

Over the years, as my psychological assessment work transformed from primarily clinical to primarily forensic, we began to notice the impact on self-report validity scales (L, K, PIM, NIM, etc.); namely, they tended to elevate in evaluation  contexts where the outcome depended on a positive picture, in the under-reporting direction (so called “fake good”). Impression management has […]