The Reiss School Motivation Profile® in Risk Assessments of Students
I am pleased to share with you a new application for the Reiss School
Motivation Profile® (RSMP) developed by Dr. Jody Simpson, a highly
experienced Reiss Profile® Master who is licensed to provide RMP
certification training. In her role as a school psychologist
consultant for 25 school districts serving approximately 20,000 students
in Oklahoma, Dr. Simpson began using the RSMP to conduct risk
assessments with potentially violent adolescents. This
approach gained the attention of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma
School Administration, which asked Dr. Simpson to conduct trainings for
school psychologists and other school personnel involved in risk
assessments of students.
The first training event, held in August, was attended by 44 school
psychologists, school counselors, and special education
administrators. A second training event with 50 registered
participants is scheduled for October.
During the two-day training Dr. Simpson focused on the RSMP scales that are considered to be instigators for violent behavior:
Vengeance – a high score indicates a student who is angry, easily offended, and confrontational.
Acceptance – a high score indicates a student who is unusually sensitive to rejection.
Status – a high score indicates a student who is looking for attention.
Tranquility – a low score indicates a student who is fearless.
Further, she reviewed the RSMP scales that are considered to be inhibitors of aggression:
Honor – a high score indicates a student who is concerned with morality.
Idealism – a high score indicates a student who is concerned with fairness.
According to Dr. Simpson, the Reiss School Motivation Profile® is a
critical component in risk assessments for two
reasons: First, it assesses the motivational factors that
serve to instigate or inhibit aggression, thus allowing for a
determination of the likelihood that a student represents a danger to
himself and/or others. Secondly, unlike other tools, the RSMP
provides data important for developing an effective intervention plan
based on the student’s unique motivational profile. Other
tests purport to answer the first question - “Is the student a risk for
violent behavior?” - but only the RSMP is designed to help answer
the follow-up question, “What interventions are needed to help the
While Dr. Simpson views the RSMP as a vital component in a risk
assessment, it is important to note that she considers other data when
drawing a conclusion about the student’s overall level of
risk. That is, she also gathers data from other tests, the
student’s school history, information provided by the parents, and
statements made by the student during an interview.
Click here to read two case studies.
Based on the number of inquiries received from the August attendees, I
can attest that Dr. Simpson’s training was well received. As one
participant stated, “The training has changed how we will proceed with
risk assessments in my district, and the RMP has completely changed the
way I think about behavior.”
For more information about the use of the Reiss School Motivation
Profile® in risk assessments of students, please contact Dr. Simpson
directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maggi M. Reiss, President
IDS Publishing Corporation