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Procedures

It has been required of applicants to the Midwest Pastoral Counseling Program of

Ashland Theological Seminary to take the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R for assessment

and interview purposes since 2001. Therefore, the archival data consisting of the MMPI-

2 and NEO PI-R scores from those who have been accepted into the Midwest Pastoral

Counseling is held at the office of the Counseling Department of the seminary. The

process of admittance to the seminary counseling programs requires several steps. First,

a person who makes an initial contact with the seminary regarding attendance to one of

the counseling training programs is referred to the admissions office for guidance on the

application process. If the person is accepted as a student at the seminary, the person is

referred to the director of the counseling program for which application has been made

and an appointment is set up for the person to take the MMPI-2 and NEO PI-R

assessments and have a follow-up interview with one of the faculty members of the

Counseling Department. When the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R assessments are

administered, brief written instructions are given by the administrative assistant regarding

the purposes of the assessments and the importance of completing them factually in their

entirety. After the assessments are completed, they are hand-scored and the results are

given to a faculty member conducting the interview. The faculty member interprets the

results and discusses with the applicant some of the possible ramifications that

personality characteristics may have on graduate school training and involvement in the

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