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Counseling professor authors book on personality assessments

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHD    |    October 04, 2017

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Dr. Jerry Juhnke, professor in the Department of Counseling, co-authored a book on personality assessments that was recently published by Amazon’s CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. This is the eleventh book he has published.


“The MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF: An Essential Primer for Non-Psychologist Mental Health Professionals,” is structured as a guide for non-psychologists who are interested in learning about two of the most frequently used mental health personality assessments, the Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2-Restructred Form (MMPI-2-RF).


Through the book, Juhnke and co-author, Dr. Richard Balkin from The University of Mississippi, explain how the assessment instruments are used and what certain profile scores may suggest about test takers.


“Counselors and other mental health professionals typically do not receive significant training in these instruments,” said Juhnke. “The goal for this book was to provide readers with a practical, nuts-and-bolts, inexpensive, “what it means” book. We desire our readers to gain increased understanding of how MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF profile scores can be used to better understand client needs and enhance clinical efficacy.”


These assessments, Juhnke said, cannot be administered without required graduate work and supervision, and hopes that this book can provide these professionals with the knowledge and information they need.


“Most mental health professionals who have not taken these courses will not know how to utilize their clients’ MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF scores to best facilitate the counseling process,” he said. “Feedback from piloted readers indicated that they found the clinical case vignettes with corresponding profile scores in the book helpful in understanding how to address and aid clients based on provided clinical profiles.”


Juhnke joined the counseling faculty in 2004. He received his Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Western Michigan University. His research interests include life-threatening behaviors, assessments, and intervention strategies.


Learn more about “The MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF: An Essential Primer for Non-Psychologist Mental Health Professionals.”



Book cover courtesy of Amazon.


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