Countering Defense Arguments: Understanding the MMPI - On Demand

Dorothy Clay Sims

Format: On Demand Program
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Psychologists, neuropsychologists, and psychiatrists are often used in a variety of legal cases to determine the personality characteristics of a party. The most common of these personality tests is the Minnesota

Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI).

Defense experts often use MMPI scale scores as a basis for refuting causation by claiming the plaintiff has a personality disorder. The MMPI is also commonly used in family law (divorce and child custody) and criminal cases. Despite the importance of this information, opposing experts refuse to provide lawyers with the testing questions and answers of their clients under a purported ethics rule prohibiting them from disclosing “raw data” to nonpsychologists. If left unchallenged, this prohibits lawyers, the judge, and jurors from understanding the basis for the expert’s opinion. It also prevents the party’s lawyer from being able to explain why their client's answer might indicate something other than a personality disorder (such as the injury itself in a personal injury case).

To combat improper conclusions drawn from the MMPI (or the testing conditions in which the MMPI is provided to the party) lawyers must understand the fundamental issues of the MMPI and whether the answers provided are truly abnormal or simply a result of demographics, injuries, or other factors. This live webinar will help you better understand the test, the results, and how to get to the questions and answers.

With a new version of the MMPI now being used, called the MMPI-3, it is important for lawyers to understand any changes from prior versions of the MMPI-2 or MMPI-2RF.

This on demand video will include the following topics:

  • Weaknesses in the MMPI, and other personality inventories, when used in litigation
  • The MMPI and its present variants used in litigation (the MMPI-2, MMPI-2-RF, MMPI-3) and the importance of their differences
  • Changes between the MMPI-2, the MMRI-2RF, and the new MMPI-3;
  • Scientific disputes about the MMPI-2RF and MMPI-3 that raise questions about their validity and admissibility
  • A brief overview of changes in the scales and how to learn more about why these scales may be elevated in your client

In addition, attendees will be provided the following documents:

  • Motions to Compel videotaping of the exam
  • Motions in Limine on malingering along with orders on same
  • Motions to Compel raw data to go to the attorney along with multiple orders compelling such production

Join us for this important presentation on the use of the MMPI in legal cases.

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On Demand Program: 48 Minutes
Original Air Date: 12/07/2023
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