Advantages for Counselors

Counselors will find assessment results that provide an easily understood framework for shedding light on behaviors that can be either helpful or disruptive. A student's type has impact on their interests, activities, interaction with others, response to authority, and career choices.


The theory of psychological type is based on a lifelong developmental model, proposing that we are born with preferred ways of being, and insights gained from understanding these individual preferences are relevant for people of all ages.

Results from the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children® (MMTIC®) assessment give educators, administrators, counselors, parents, teenagers, and children valuable insights into differences in how they learn and engage in healthy social interactions.

Using personality type in a student counseling setting adds a practical tool to help young people be successful academically and in their personal, social, and career development.


Individual counseling and advisement

  • Learning about personality type gives students a way to accept and manage their own behaviors, as well as the actions of their peers and teachers.
  • Working with personality type gives counselors a fresh way of examining disciplinary problems and conflicts. The activities and exercises included with the MMTIC assessment provide a way to resolve student conflicts attributable to personality clashes or misunderstandings.
  • Feedback sessions are valuable catalysts for helping students establish personal goals and develop future plans.

Student appraisal

  • The MMTIC instrument is backed by years of research and is the only psychological type assessment validated for children and young people from grades 2 through 12.
  • MMTIC results help provide accurate diagnoses. Understanding differences in learning styles may confirm, clarify, or render unnecessary diagnoses of conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Researchers have suggested that some psychological types are more likely to be misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD than others.
  • Understanding personality type can reveal alternate solutions to specific student concerns and may prevent potentially unnecessary treatments, satisfying the requirements of Response to Intervention (RTI), designed to help students succeed before a referral for learning disabilities is initiated.

Classroom support

  • Knowledge of psychological type can give counselors a new lens for their classroom observations on behaviors and relationships.
  • Providing feedback to teachers, students, parents, and staff can become more meaningful when everyone knows their personality type and appreciates each other’s unique gifts.
  • Counselors who use type can be more proactive in engaging the school staff to deliver development programs and services that help students achieve success in school.

Career development

  • The MMTIC® Career Report helps students narrow their career interests and provides activities and information related to specific opportunities for them to explore, while keeping their personality type, skills, interests, and values in mind.
  • MMTIC support materials include information on the process of choosing a career, including Looking at Type® : Your Career, a comprehensive workbook that allows students to relate their potential occupational choices to their type preferences.
  • Knowledge of psychological type can help with developing and implementing career awareness as part of the school counseling curriculum.