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The Counseling Center at WKU offers a variety of testing and assessment with the focus on improving the quality and efficacy of the clinical services we offer.

It is important to note that WKU also has a psychological training clinic that provides reasonably priced, timely assessments to WKU students and community members. The clinic can be contacted at Gary A Ransdell Hall 3012, 745-2695.

Below is a listing of some of the tests and assessments used by the Counseling Center at Potter Hall 409. We would be happy to discuss any of these tests with prospective students, staff, or faculty. We often come into psychology/social work class to talk about the use of testing.


Cognitive/Symptom Measures

Beck Depression Inventory II

The Beck Depression Inventory, created by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, is a 21-question multiple choice self-report inventory that is one of the most widely used instruments for measuring the severity of depression. The questionnaire is designed for adults age 17-80 and is composed of items relating to depression symptoms such as hopelessness and irritability, cognitions such as guilt or feelings of being punished, as well as physical symptoms such as fatigue, weight loss, and lack of interest in sex. There are three versions of the BDI -- the original BDI, first published in 1961 and later revised in 1971 as the BDI-1A, and the BDI-II, published in 1996.

Beck Anxiety Inventory

This test screens for anxiety with the Beck Anxiety Inventory® (BAI®). Patients respond to 21 items rated on a scale from 0 to 3. Each item is descriptive of subjective, somatic, or panic-related symptoms of anxiety. The test is helpful identifying patients who are diagnosed as having panic disorder with agoraphobia, panic disorder without agoraphobia, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety.

Beck Hopelessness Index

The Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS) is a 20-item scale for measuring negative attitudes about the future. Beck originally developed this scale in order to predict who would commit suicide and who would not. We find this test helpful to identify hopelessness in students in addition to assessing their depression and suicidal ideations. All four measures help us assess the risk a student may be at in terms of suicide.


Substance Abuse Inventories


The SASSI is a brief and easily administered psychological screening measure that helps identify individuals who have a high probability of having a substance use disorder. Interpretations of SASSI profiles also produce hypotheses that clinicians may find useful in understanding clients and planning their treatment. The SASSI is often used with students who come to the center looking for an assessment of their drinking or substance use. This quick, easy to complete assessment is useful for students to obtain an accurate picture of their substance use.

Alcohol Use Inventory (AUI)

The Alcohol Use Inventory (AUI), an assessment from Pearson Assessments, provides a basis for describing different ways in which individuals use alcohol, the benefits they derive from such use, the negative consequences associated with its use, and the degree of concern individuals express about the use of alcohol and its consequences. This test is used at the NEC counseling center with students who are looking for an in-depth breakdown of their drinking habits and styles.


Personality Measures

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2)

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is the most frequently used personality test in the mental health fields. This assessment, or test, was designed to help identify personal, social, and behavioral problems in psychiatric patients. The test helps provide relevant information to aid in problem identification, diagnosis, and treatment planning for the patient. The test is often used to help clarify diagnosises and gain a better understanding of a student’s symptom.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (Kersey and MBTI)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test designed to assist a person in identifying some significant personal preferences. Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers developed the Indicator during World War II, and its criteria follow from Carl Jung's theories in his work Psychological Types. We use the MBTI and Kersey personality test to give students and groups information about the way they approach the world and interact with others. A quick test to administer (5-10) minutes, it often is useful in understanding how an individuals way of interacting with the world may be seen by others.

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