Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read the Cohen, et al. (2013) and Wu, et al. (2007) articles and review the Evaluating Mental Health Patients  and HumanMetrics Jung Typology Test  websites.

For this discussion, you will be taking on the role of the intake counselor at a mental health facility. In this role, you will facilitate the evaluation of a client based on clinical personality assessments, mental status exam, and observations of the client to make recommendations to the treatment team consisting of the clinical psychologist, counselors, and case manager for the client. Carefully review the PSY615: Week Two Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario .

In your initial post, examine the personality assessment instrument used in the scenario and research a peer-reviewed article in the Ashford University Library on this personality assessment. Using the required articles and websites as well as your researched article to support your statements, describe the standard use of this personality assessment. Based on the scenario, evaluate the reliability, validity, and cultural considerations inherent to the personality assessment used and comment on the relevance of these elements within the scenario. Analyze and describe some of the potential ethical issues which might arise from the use of this personality assessment in the given scenario.  Provide information from your research regarding the use of the personality measure, and assess the value of other possible instruments that could be added to create a more complete assessment of the client in the scenario.

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PSY615: Week Two Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario


(Williamsburg Mental Health Center)

Jane Smith Date of Evaluation: 10/12/2013

Case No.: 12783A

Admission Date: 10/8/2013


This is the second admission of a 32-year-old female to the Center. The client has 14 years of formal

education and is employed as an administrative assistant at a local community college. She was admitted

due to signs of major depression with possible psychotic features.


The purpose of this clinical evaluation is to assess the client’s current mental well-being and the extent of

her need for clinical intervention.



The clinical psychiatrist on duty recommended the following assessments:


• Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2)

• Mental Status Examination

• Review of Prior Psychological Assessment

• Review of Prior Medical Records

• Clinical Interview



Note: Typically, this section reports test results of all the recommended assessments. Here you are

provided with the abbreviated results from the MMPI-2, the Mental Status Examination, Review of Prior

Medical Records, and Clinical Interview.


Adjustment Level

Jane’s elevated scores on Depression (T = 94) and Psychasthenia (T = 92) scales indicate her

dissatisfaction with her life situation and feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.


Jane appears to suffer from major depression, which is evident in her elevated Harris-Lingoes

subscales on depression (D1, T = 101; D2, T = 89; D3, T = 80; D4, T = 99; and D5, T = 80).

These scores and a high score on the Social Introversion scale (T = 79) indicate chance of suicidal



PSY615: Week Two Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario

tendencies. She may withdraw from personal relationships and struggle with separation, which

links to her depression.

Perceptions of Environment and People

Jane’s elevated scores on Fears (T = 77) and Anxiety (T = 80) indicates that she does not feel safe

or comfortable in most environments.

Reaction to Stress

Jane’s elevated D1 subscale and low ego strength indicate that she is not able to cope well with

stress, even under normal circumstances. Jane likely reacts to stress by withdrawing and isolating

herself from the stressors.


Jane’s score on Low Self-Esteem (T = 89) is evidence of low ego strength and a poor self-


Emotional Control

Jane seems to have a lack of emotional control with her depression. She appears to be struggling

with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Elevations in level of depression should be monitored,

particularly if the elevations extend over a long period of time.

Interpersonal Relationships

In addition to her depression, Jane’s score on Social Introversion (t = 79) indicates she is aloof,

ruminative, and withdrawn. Other indicators include elevated scores on Familial Discord (T =

72) and Family Problems (T = 83), which supports the evidence that she may have turmoil in the


Psychological Resources

Jane has attended college and appears intelligent. She has some satisfaction with work, so she

knows that she is successful on some level. Her high score on Negative Treatment Indicators

(TRT, T = 85) coupled with depression may indicate a negative attitude toward therapy.

Social Dynamics

Jane’s parents are divorced and her home life was likely filled with conflict and dissention. Her

parents were highly critical, which may be the source of her isolated introversion, anxiety, and


Diagnostic Impressions

Jane’s MMPI profile indicates that she suffers from major depressive disorder and she is at risk

for suicidal tendencies. Jane may also have a bipolar personality and problems with mental

processes, but she does not appear a danger to others at this time.




PSY615: Week Two Counseling-Based Personality Assessment Scenario


The client is a 32-year-old, single white female who was previously admitted one year ago for possible

suicidal ideation and major depression. She has an associate’s degree and is currently working for a local

community college as the administrative assistant for the dean of the business school. She does not have

a record of suicide attempts or long-term hospitalization in a mental health facility. She is a single female

with no family history of mental illness.



Observational conclusions of the patient’s attitude were as follows:


Open and cooperative, and her mood was euthymic. Her affect was appropriate to verbal content and

showed broad range. Her memory functions seemed grossly intact and she was able to recall events and

factual information. Her thought process was intact, goal oriented, and well organized. The client

indicated no evidence of delusions, paranoia, or suicidal/homicidal ideation. Her level of personal insight

appeared to be good, as evidenced by ability to state her current diagnosis and by ability to identify

specific stressors that precipitated the current exacerbation. Social judgment appeared good, as evidenced

by appropriate interactions with staff and other patients in the center and by cooperative efforts to achieve

treatment goals required for discharge.