Welcome. If you are here to download resources, either click directly on one of the resource links to the left, or click on the 'Resource' button in the table of contents below. Thanks.
Table of Contents: The following links will jump you to a specific spot in the instructions.
To get an account set up and working, finish reading these instructions, then simply use the following steps:
The SCI (Shapiro Control Inventory) is a way for individuals to learn about their own unique Control Profile. It is a valid and reliable psychological tool designed to assess a person's current sense of control, mode of control, motivation for control, and agency of control.
As an account holder (clinician, researcher, or educator), you should read both the account holder instructions, as well as the test taker instructions. After creating and preparing your account, you should then instruct your test takers (clients, research subjects, and/or students) to take the test by selecting the Test Taker Instructions. If you wish to take the test yourself, you will also need to go back to the SCI Home page, and select the Test Taker option.
IMPORTANT: This website uses anonymous subject data. In order to be HIPAA compliant, please do not provide any information that could be used to uniquely identify an individual. Test Takers should be referenced by a Subject Number. At some point, you will be asked to create this Subject Number. This number should not be based on anything that can be used to identify the individual (like social security number, phone number, zip code, date, etc...). Simply choose an unrelated number, and record the number offline, so that you may identify the individual later. For a complete description of the requirements for de-identification, please go here: HIPAA De-Identification
An account is a private area, protected by a password, where owners can organize SCI tests (into folders), and create reports from any tests that are stored in the folders.
Step 1: Create an Account. To create an account, simply click here: New Account. You will now need to provide an account name and password (typed twice), valid email address, affiliation, and account type. When done, hit the submit button and we will verify that your account name is available. If so, congratulations! You have created your account.
In the future, you will not need to create a new account. You can now access your account through the Login menu selection on the left. Please make sure to remember your login and password (you might want to write them down someplace safe), as you will need them both to access your account.
Whenever you wish to access your account, you will first need to Login.
Step 2: Login to your account. To login to your account, select the Login menu selection on the left under Account Access. You will need to supply your account name and password, and hit the submit button. This will log you into your account and take you to the Account Info page.
You now have access to your account. You can create or view folders, as well as the tests contained in the folders.
Important: When you are done with your account, remember to logout using the Logout menu selection. This is especially important if you share a computer and don't want the next user to be able to access your account.
You can get to the Account Info page either by logging in from the Login menu selection, or by selecting the Account Info menu selection (if you have previously logged in).
The Account Info page is where you see information about your account. This includes: The account name, email, affiliation, and account type. The email, affiliation, and account type can be changed if necessary by retyping over your old values, and hitting the Change button. You also have access to your folders. A folder is a place to store tests. You can create new folders, or open existing ones.
The Recent Activity button can be used to get a quick update on all tests that exist in the account, and when they were last accessed.
Step 3: Create a folder. To create a new folder, select the New Folder button. You will need to supply a folder name, and a permission type (described below). You may optionally type a more detailed description of what types of tests are to be stored in the folder. When done, hit the Submit button. You have now created your folder and are ready to submit tests to it.
Example folder names: The folder name can be any name you like that helps to organize your tests. A researcher might wish to organize folders based on depression, anxiety, and control. He could call the corresponding folders: "d1-2007", "a1-2007", and "c1-2007", with descriptions like "Depression Group #1, 2007", etc...
An Educator might use a folder name based on a class name such as psy301-2007, then all students from that class could place their tests in that folder.
A clinician could organize by client name, such as JaneDoe, and then all tests by that person, E.G. Pre test, Progress Test, Post Test, Follow up; could be placed in that folder.
Important: These are just examples, and you are free to organize your tests any way you wish. Be aware, however, that when you wish to have a client/research subject/student take a test, you will need to provide them with the name of the folder where you wish the test to be stored, and they will have to type the exact name of this folder.
A note on permission type: The permission type controls who has access to view or generate reports from the test. The comprehensive clinical report results (and even the summary research report) of the SCI were not designed to be read or seen by a client or research subject directly, without the supervision and guidance of an appropriate health care professional. Therefore, we have placed the default permission type of created folders to be "account holder only". It is the responsibility of the clinician and researcher to present the results in as clear and helpful a way as possible. This is discussed in detail in the Control Therapy Research Manual, found under CT Manual to the left. Researchers, based on the ethical guidelines of their human subjects review board, and the nature of the research project would need to decide how to best present the material to the subjects (E.G., group norms, etc...).
Educators, as discussed in the Control Therapy Training Manual, we believe using the SCI as part of an educational training program, control therapy class, clinical seminar, or continuing education workshop is essential and beneficial. However, in sensitivity to student's privacy we believe that students should be the only ones who have access to the results of the test and are allowed to share at their pace and comfort of self-disclosure within the framework of the class. Therefore we have set the default permission type of created folders for educators to "subject only".
Of course, these are suggestions, and you should consider for yourself which option to use based on who you think should have access to tests and reports generated from them.
Step 4: Tell your client, research subject, or student everything they need to know to take the test. You will need to provide anyone that you wish to take a test with:
You should give the test taker these three pieces of information before they go to the web site and then tell them once they get to the website, to then just click on the Test Taking Instructions. Remember, all names are case sensitive, so please be sure to tell your test takers to type in the exact names. You can always find the status of test taking activity by clicking the Recent Activity button.
You can get to the Folder Info page either by opening a folder from the Account Info page, or by selecting the Folder Info menu selection (if you have previously opened a folder from the Account Info page).
The Folder Info page is where you see information about a particular folder. This includes: The folder name, permission type and description. The description can be changed at any time if desired. Simply make any modification in the description box, and hit the Change button.
The Folder Info page is also where you open SCI tests contained in the folder.
The Recent Activity button can be used to get a quick update on all tests that exist in the folder, and when they were last accessed.
If you no longer need a folder, you can delete it from your account by hitting the Delete button. To prevent an accidental mistake, a confirmation box will ask if you are sure you wish to delete the folder. If you do delete the folder, all tests contained in the folder will also be deleted, so please make sure this is what you want.
Step 5: Generate a report from a test. If you (or a client, research subject, or student) have already submitted a test to this folder, you may open a test by selecting the desired test name, and hitting the Open Test button. This will take you to the Test Info page. Follow the instructions below in the Test Info section to generate a report.
You can get to the Test Info page either by opening a test from the Folder Info page, or by selecting the Test Info menu selection (if you have previously opened a test from the Folder Info page).
The Test Info page is where you see information about a particular test. This includes the test name and permission type. Some options may be available (depending upon permission type). These are: View/Edit Answers, Generate Comprehensive Report, Generate Research Report, and Delete Test.
Step 5 (Continued): Generate a report from the tests. You can generate a report by clicking on either the 'Generate Comprehensive Report', or the 'Generate Research Report' buttons. In order to generate a report, all questions must be answered. Please be sure to let any clients, students or research subjects know that they need to complete the entire test. Also, if you wish to print a hard copy of the report, be sure to read the instructions on printing.
If you no longer wish to keep a test, you can also delete it from the folder by hitting the Delete button. To prevent an accidental mistake, a confirmation box will ask if you are sure you wish to delete the test.
Step 6: Logout. If you are done accessing your account, now is the time to logout. Just hit the Logout menu selection on the left under Account Access
The reports generated on this website feature colored graphs. Most browsers will not display the background colors on these graphs by default. If you wish to display these colors, you can enable the browser to display them by changing the browser settings. On Internet Explorer, this would be found by selecting the 'Tools' menu at the top of the browser. From here go to 'Internet Options'. Next select 'Advanced'. Scroll down to 'Printing', and check the 'Print background colors and images' checkbox.
Also, this website uses 'frames' to separate the main page from the top header and the menu selections on the left. When printing, you may need to check the printing options, and select 'Only the Selected Frame' instead of 'As laid out on screen'.
Extensive resources are available on the ControlResearch.net informational site. There you will find information pertaining to the SCI, Control Therapy and Grants and Funding options for research and training.
Clinicians: Resources for Control Therapy are the Control Therapy Training Manual and the book, 'Control Therapy', which can be downloaded from this site, or a printed copy can be obtained at www.wiley.com. Also, the SCI can be given to clients at no charge.
Researchers: Additional documentation, background, reliability and validity studies about the SCI (Shapiro Control Inventory) can be found by downloading the SCI Manual. In addition, for researchers doing a Control Therapy research project, the Control Therapy Training Manual offers 'standardized' procedures necessary for the treatment research to be replicated. To download, select the Control Therapy Training Manual link and go to appendix 1 and appendix 6.
Research Seed Grants: There is seed grant money available to help graduate students and junior faculty doing research on Control Therapy. For more information, please refer to the Funding - Research Grants link.
Educators: Please see the Control Therapy Training Manual for a guide for training instructions in the use of Control Therapy. Additional documentation, background, reliability and validity studies about the SCI can be found by downloading the SCI Manual. Also, a model for a Control Therapy seminar/class workshop can be found by downloading the Control Therapy Syllabus Template; and the Control Therapy Last Lecture.
Curricular and Teaching Grants are available for educators, please see the workshop and course development grants;
To all researchers, clinicians, educators: grants for release time to write about Control Therapy are also available, Please see the writing, release funding.
Control Research Foundation Fund Seed Grants: For information, please visit the Grants & Funding link.
Contact: If you wish to contact someone regarding this site, please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be HIPAA compliant, this website relies on anonymous test data, that can not be traced back to the individual test taker. For this reason, when creating subject numbers, and/or folder names, please avoid the following:
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