Personality Assessment Inventory Workshop by Leslie C. Morey, PhD

This two-day workshop focuses on the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), an instrument designed for use in a wide range of clinical settings. The PAI consists of four sets of scales: four validity scales, eleven clinical scales covering major categories of pathology corresponding to current nosology, five treatment scales measuring constructs related to treatment and case management, and two interpersonal scales. This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the use of this instrument. The workshop will describe the strategies employed in the development and validation of the PAI, drawing from data from the original samples as well as extensive subsequent research. Specifically, the presentation will provide: 1) an overview of the development of the PAI, with a focus on validation strategies as they apply to scale selection and interpretation; 2) an examination of the individual PAI scales and subscales and their interpretation in isolation and in combination with other scales; 3) a detailed discussion of profile validity issues, including supplemental indices and functions designed to address profile distortion, 4) a discussion of supplemental indicators addressing targeted clinical issues such as suicidality, dangerousness, substance abuse, and treatment decision-making; 5) an introduction to configural scale constellations in exploring diagnostic hypotheses.

The workshop will assume that the participants have a solid working knowledge of standard psychological concepts such as diagnosis, assessment, psychometrics, and psychopathology. However, no particular expertise or background in use of the PAI is necessary. The training will be worth 13 Continuing Education (CE) credits.


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Dr. Leslie Morey is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University, and is a recognized expert in psychodiagnostic assessment and psychiatric classification. He has served on the faculty at Texas A&M University since 1999, including a term as Department Head of Psychology from 2006-2010, and he has previously served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Harvard Medical School, and the Yale University School of Medicine. He has published over 250 articles, books, and chapters on the assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders, and his work has been cited in the scientific literature more than 15,000 times, putting him in the top 1% of all researchers in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. His research has included the development of assessments that have been translated into dozens of languages and are among the most widely used psychodiagnostic measures in the world. His longitudinal studies of personality disorder and its classification and diagnosis culminated in his appointment by the American Psychiatric Association to the DSM-5 Work Group for Personality and Personality Disorders, which proposed a radical reformulation of the official definition of personality disorder that had been in use for 35 years. His recognitions include the 2016 Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Presidential Award for Contribution to Methods from the Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law, the 2013  Psychoanalytic Research Exceptional Contribution Award from the International Psychoanalytic Association, and the 2017 Bruno Klopfer Award for lifetime contributions from the Society for Personality Assessment.

Dr. Morey is the author of the Personality Assessment Inventory (1991), which is one of the most widely used diagnostic screening measures in mental health, military/security, and forensic settings in the world. In addition, he is the author of Personality Assessment Screener (1997), the Personality Assessment Inventory-Adolescent (2007), the Interpretive Guide to the Personality Assessment Inventory (1996), and Essentials of PAI Assessment (2003).

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