113). To date, the counselor has not done that with the MMPI-2, but he is very well versed with the MMPI. The counselor in this case has not had as much experience with the MMPI-2 so they are justified in staying with the test that they know.
The National Association of School Psychologists (2000) the school counselor must be aware of the validity and the reliability of the tests they are using and they must have up-to-date standardization information about the test. (Section C, #2) Although the counselor has this information, they have not had time to read it and understand it, so it would not be in the best interest of the child (Section C, #2) to use the one that the counselor does not know.
The MMPI and the MMPI-2 are level C tests which means the counselor must have a PhD in psychology or other related field or they must have professional licensure/registration to practice psychology, or be under a qualified psychologist in a related field (Sigma Assessment Systems, 2007). The quandary does not say that this is the qualification of the individual but there is the assumption that they do have the qualifications for the first one so thy could administer the MMPI-2 when they are ready to use it.
In many situations, an old aspect of a test will be used because the organization or the school will not have the funds for the newest version. As long as the older version is similar to the newer one, it does not seem that there would be a problem with it being