Acacia Counseling Service

Telephone: (405) 546-5096 (ans. svc.*)

Testing -- Mental Health Evaluation

(See also: Cell-Friendly Testing Page)

I can provide mental health testing, including personality testing, IQ and substance abuse testing.

Personality testing includes the MMPI-2, MMPI-2 RH and some others, including the Beck Depression Inventory.

The IQ test is the Shipley-2

The substance abuse testing includes the SASSI and the ASI.

In addition, there is a psychosocial interview involved.

When you request testing, if you were referred by an authority, please specify exactly what kind of testing you want done.

Some referrers may be unclear as to what they want. If they say "psychiatric exam," please know that an actual psychiatrist (a medical doctor) does not have time to do all the above testing, and also is typically not trained to do that. He generally sees a new patient for 30 minutes, and then sees him/her once a month for 15 minutes, generally prescribing medications, for which time he receives a high price. Spending two or three hours with a patient would be cost prohibitive. Then, taking 8-12 hours to score the tests would also be very expensive.

However, he may ask "Who are you? Where are you? What day is this? Why are you here? What did you have for breakfast? Name three presidents. Remember 3 words I give you," and other such questions. I generally do not, because I already know you could make and keep an appointment and find the office on your own. But I could if requested.

Some employers or training schools require an MMPI without concern about where it came from. An MMPI should include a psycho-social interview. Without that, the MMPI doesn't tell as much. A court of law will expect a thorough work-up, but a security service may not.

Some MMPI's are given by people never trained on the MMPI, and who provide a sketchy result. Possibly they may not be licensed therapists, or even therapists at all. If they are, they should state their license and their license number and show you a wall certificate or a card.

This can be verified on the internet with the State Board of Behavioral Health.

Some are scored by a computer, which produces an even sketchier result. Of course, to the prospective employee, it's just paperwork, and he wants to get it behind him. If to the employer or training school it is just paperwork, then the quicker and the cheaper the better. One-size-fits-all is no problem to him.

If the employer cares about getting a thorough workup, then s/he should know that the work was done by a licensed therapist, and that the test was scored by the therapist and not a computer, and that a psycho-social interview was included in the workup and report.

My price for an MMPI-2 only, with no other data, is $150. If a psychosocial interview is required (such as for a court) it is an additional $100. If an MMPI-2 RF is required, such as for spinal surgery, the rate is $400.


There are several untruthfulness scales, including Fb for faking bad (malingering.) The L (lie) scale detects "faking good." The K scale detects defensiveness.  The S scale shows superlative self presentation.  Other scales also show forms of truthfulness or untruthfulness. If the test shows you were untruthful, the whole test will be invalidated. The best policy is to be perfectly truthful on all questions.

Most items on the test are "subtle." That means one can't tell by looking at it which is the good answer or the bad answer. Sometimes a single answer is good on one scale and bad on another scale. There is no answer to such questions that would be good on both scales.

One answer by itself means nothing. Only when a lot of answers stack up in the same direction do they mean something. An answer is not good or bad by how one would morally judge it when reading it. It is good or bad, depending on how it matches how most other people have answered it, and in particular, people with known disorders compared to those without them.

Scales from a particular test are good or bad depending on whether the total is above or below how most healthy people answer them. Being a little bit above or below does not mean as much. Being a very lot above or below means more.

The combination of more than one scale being high or low has a meaning, depending on which scales they are. It does no good to be concerned about this, because the test taker can not control that. In other words, honesty is the best policy.