The Hazelton Clinic provides assessments for prospective clients using The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). This personality testing kit which has been described as “The Gold-Star of all assessment tools” (Irish Medical Times, 2010) is utilized to assess, identify and diagnose disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression and schizophrenia.
The use of the test, over the years, has been greatly expanded. It is now applied as a screening instrument for high-risk public safety positions such as nuclear power plant workers, police officers, airline pilots, medical and psychology students, firefighters and seminary students. In addition it is used to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs, including substance abuse programs.
We at the Hazelton Clinic acquired the test with a view to enabling prospective adoptive couples in their adoption process. It had come to our attention that whilst countries such as Vietnam have shut their doors to inter-country adoption other countries had opened theirs. Most notable are the Philippines. However, they have added a stipulation that the couples obtain the above-named assessment before they qualify for consideration as adoptive parents. This stipulation was introduced into inter-country adoption policy in November 2009. It came to the attention of The Irish Adoption Board on the 10th February 2010.
A licensed clinical psychologist is the only mental health professional who can carry out the test. We have two Resident Clinical Psychologists on our panel of professional practitioners and both are fully trained in the use of the MMPI.
For more information or to make your appointment, please contact our office on 021-4936006.