AUGUST/SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER NUMBER 7/8

NEW CODING BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!
CODING STRATEGIES FOR THE RORSCHACH COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM
by Anthony D. Sciara, PhD, Irving B. Weiner, PhD, and Barry A.
Ritzler, PhD is now available.

This is the first book on coding for the Comprehensive System in
many years. It presents a new approach to understanding how to
code Rorschach Comprehensive System variables. The variables are
presented in the order they appear on a Sequence of Scores outline.

Each chapter begins with a definition of the variable, then
outlines the interpretive significance of the variable, and finally
presents guidelines on how to code each variable. It is a great
resource for students, educators, and clinicians who wish to master
coding the Rorschach.

To purchase your copy of Coding Strategies for the Rorschach
Comprehensive System go to www.rorschachtraining.com. From the top
menu select “Materials for Purchase.” The Coding Strategies book
will be the third item.

PROGRAMS FOR 2015
We are now beginning to plan for 2015 Programs. Suggestions for
content, dates, and sites are welcomed. A new schedule will be out
by the end of October or first of November.

INTERNATIONAL RORSCHACH AND PROJECTIVE TECHNIQUES CONGRESS Dr.
Ritzler participated in the International Rorschach and Projective
Techniques Congress in July at the Istanbul University in Istanbul,
Turkey. Excellent opening speeches were given by Bruce Smith, the
President of the International Congress, and Jim Kleiger who
speculated on what Hermann Rorschach would think of the current
state of his ‘experiment.’

Dr. Ritzler presented two papers. The first was an introduction to
the Picture Projection Test (PPT) with emphasis on research and
development. The presentation was well-attended. In the audience
was Jim Kleiger who recommended the development of a thought
disorder coding for apperception tests-a task Dr. Ritzler will
undertake as part of an invited paper in the Journal of Personality
Assessment honoring Dr. Sidney Blatt who died recently.

The second paper, presented by Dr. Ritzler was of research
comparing the Rorschach Comprehensive System and measures taken
from the Tree Drawing Test. Results showed that there were a few
modest correlations. The solidness of lines in the drawings was
correlated with the number of human movement responses (M); the
presence of leaves in the drawings was correlated with WSumC and
XA%; the overall quality of the drawings was correlated with v, FD,
Vista,WSum6, and blends; and the height of the trees was correlated
with PHR. No other correlations were significant.

Many papers were presented with a psychoanalytic approach to the
Rorschach (mostly from France) based primarily on content analysis.

There was no use of formal scoring systems so it demanded a
cognitive shift for those of us with a bias toward data based
systems. The programs were nonetheless interesting and added a
different facet to understanding the Rorschach.

The meeting demonstrated that projective methods other than the
Rorschach are being studied by psychologists around the world.
There have been some significant advancements in figure drawings
and apperception tests in particular. The next meeting of the
International Congress will be in three years in Paris, France.

All in all, the Istanbul meeting was a major event for personality
assessment throughout the world. You have not lived until you have
had a taxicab ride in Istanbul, seen the beautiful Bosphorus and
the whirling dervishes….and of course, the food was great!

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
In September, Drs. Sciara and Ritzler, will be joined by Dr. Irving
Weiner to present a four-day program on Personality Development and
the Rorschach Comprehensive System in Buenos Aries, Argentina. The
program will review the development of the Comprehensive System
with Dr. Weiner and Dr. Exner and then will look at cases over the
developmental spectrum. These will include: child, adolescent,
early adult, middle-age adult, and senior adult cases. Discussions
will focus on differential interventions based on the developmental
stage of the individual.

ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Dr. Sciara and Dr. Anita Boss recently completed an advanced
program on the Forensic Use of the Comprehensive System in
Asheville. The program covered criminal, civil and other legal
cases. The program was well received and the participants
requested another program next year to continue learning about
using the Rorschach Comprehensive System in the legal system.

SPA IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
The next Society for Personality Assessment meeting will be held in
Brooklyn in March, 2015. The deadline for submitting presentations
is September 26, 2014. Go to the SPA website – www.personality.org
to obtain information regarding paper submissions, registrations,
etc.