Assessing Adult Psychopathology: Using the Personality Assessment Inventory

This workshop provides an opportunity for practitioner psychologists to learn how to use the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). The PAI is an internationally recognised and well researched self-report inventory of adult psychopathology that provides information about clinical diagnosis, personality and treatment planning.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


Much briefer than the main alternative scale (MMPI-2) to administer, score, and analyse, this combined measure of personality and psychopathology can be an essential part of many forensic, clinical, counselling, neuropsychological, and other assessments. This workshop will provide participants with both theoretical and applied knowledge about the PAI. Participants will have the opportunity to examine PAI materials, and learn how to administer and interpret PAI results. Particularly there will be practical experience in interpreting PAI scores into descriptive profiles that facilitate diagnosis and understanding of a wide range of mental health problems, and assist treatment planning and prognosis. The PAI has the ability to save clinician time through its accurate and effective screening and ability to suggest particular treatment approaches. The PAI has validity scales that enable the detection of attempts to distort clinical profiles either consciously or subconsciously to exaggerate or underestimate symptoms.

Overall, the PAI is an effective and accurate assessment tool that can assist applied psychologists to understand quickly and efficiently the clinical needs and problems of their clients.

This workshop is intended for applied psychologists with a knowledge of psychometrics and eligible to order and use psychological tests to the standard required for the PAI.

Delegates may wish to undertake some recommended reading prior to attending the workshop: Essentials of PAI Assessment, by Leslie C. Morey. John Wiley and Sons, 2003

Facilitators: Dr Andrew R. Arthur CPsychol AFBPsS & David Carter CPsychol AFBPsS

Andrew Arthur is an HCPC Registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with over 30 years experience in providing NHS and other services at Consultant level to a wide range of client groups including adult mental health, learning disabilities, children and adolescents, and chronic pain.  He is interested in the use of psychological assessment techniques to facilitate diagnosis and treatment and provide a better understanding of client problems. He currently provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of individual client groups and reports to the court. In his work he employs a range of psychological tests and routinely administers and analyses PAI profiles.

David Carter is an HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist and a UKCP Registered Group Analyst with over 30 years experience in the NHS providing clinical services to individuals with highly complex and long standing psychological difficulties. In addition he has over 20 years experience in senior managerial positions in the NHS which involved responsibility for the strategic planning and operational delivery of Psychological Services. He has a particular interest and expertise in issues of change management in large and complex systems and organisations. He now works in private practice where he uses a wide range of psychological tests including the PAI to inform his clinical decision making.

Booking information


  • Non-Society Member: £90 (£75 + VAT)
  • Society Member: £60 (£50 + VAT)
  • DFP Member: £30 (£25 +VAT)

From 1 January 2013:

  • Non-Society Member: £93 (£77.50 + VAT)
  • Society Member: £62 (£51.67 + VAT)
  • DFP Member: £31 (£25.83 +VAT)

How to book

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

Thu, 31/01/2013 -
09:30 to 16:30
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Forensic Psychology & BPS Learning Centre