In working with clients, we use a variety of different assessment instruments. These tools can be a valuable aid in providing important information to guide the counseling process. Among the assessment instruments we use are the following:
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment is the best-known and most trusted personality assessment tool available today. As many as 2 million assessments are administered annually to individuals, including to employees of most Fortune 500 companies. The Myers-Briggs® assessment has its roots in Carl Jung’s theory of psychological type. Katharine Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, developed Jung’s theory and the first forms of the instrument, sharing a vision “to enable individuals to grow through an understanding and appreciation of individual differences in healthy personality and to enhance harmony and productivity among diverse groups.”
In developing their assessment, Briggs and Myers sought to sort personality preferences using the three dichotomies explicitly described in Jung’s writing, along with a fourth dichotomy made explicit by Briggs and Myers. These four dichotomies are
- Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I): differentiating people who direct their energy primarily outward toward other people and events from people who direct their energy primarily inward toward their inner environment, thoughts, and experiences
- Sensing (S) and Intuition (N): differentiating people who take in information primarily through the five senses and immediate experience from people who take in information primarily through hunches and impressions and are more interested in future possibilities
- Thinking (T) and Feeling (F): differentiating people who make decisions primarily based on logic and objectivity from people who make decisions primarily based on personal values and the effects their decisions will have on others
- Judging (J) and Perceiving (P): differentiating people who prefer structure, plans, and achieving closure quickly from those who prefer flexibility, spontaneity, and keeping their options open
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) assessment measures career and leisure interests. It is based on the work of E. K. Strong Jr., who originally published his inventory on the measurement of interests in 1927. The assessment is often used to aid people in making educational and career decisions.
The Strong assessment measures interests in four main categories of scales:
- General Occupational Themes measure basic categories of occupational interests—Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC)—based on John Holland’s theory (Holland, 1959).
- Basic Interest Scales measure clusters of interest related to the General Occupational Themes in areas such as Athletics, Science, Performing Arts, and Sales.
- Personal Style Scales measure preferences for and comfort levels with styles of living and working.
- Occupational Scales measure the extent to which a person’s interests are similar to the interests of people of the same gender working in 122 diverse occupations.
PREPARE/ENRICH is a customized couple assessment that identifies a couple's strength and growth areas. Based on a couple's assessment results, we provide a series of feedback sessions designed to help the couple discuss and understand their results as they are taught proven relationship skills.
Over 2.5 million couples have taken the PREPARE/ENRICH Program (5 million people) since it began in 1980.
There are several goals of the PREPARE/ENRICH Program. In order to achieve these goals there are exercises designed to help couples improve their relationship skills. The program helps couples:
- Explore strength and growth areas
- Strengthen communication skills
- Identify and manage major stressors
- Resolve conflict
- Develop a more balanced relationship
- Explore family of origin issues
- Discuss financial planning and budgeting
- Establish personal, couple and family goals
- Understand and appreciate personality differences