MARCH/APRIL NEWSLETTER

GUEST WRITER IRVING WEINER, PHD

RORSCHACH ASSESSMENT OF ADOLESCENTS

A new resource for Rorschach clinicians and researcher is a book on Rorschach Assessment of Adolescents authored by Shira Tibon-Czopp and Irving Weiner. The book begins with reviewing the development and continuing evolution of the Rorschach Comprehensive System, with attention to newly developed variables and interpretive strategies that have produced an RCS-based system useful for assessing adolescents in the 21st century. A second chapter discusses in general terms the assessment of adolescents, with particular attention to differentiating patterns of psychopathology from normal developmental variations. A third introductory chapter presents general considerations in utilizing performance-based assessment instruments in the assessment of personality functioning in adolescence, including the importance of integrating the structural, thematic, and behavioral data in Rorschach interpretation.

Following these introductory chapters, the text continues with three chapters that discuss the current status of the Rorschach with respect to theoretical formulations, research findings, and practice guidelines. Attention is paid to how and why Rorschach assessment provides indications of what people are like and how they are likely to behave; to psychodynamic perspectives on Rorschach interpretation; to research evidence that the Rorschach is a reliable and valid assessment instrument; and to when and with whom Rorschach assessment can facilitate diagnostic and treatment planning decisions.

The next three chapters present eight varied case illustrations showing how Rorschach data can help identify the presence, nature, and severity of internalizing and externalizing psychological disorders. Special attention is paid to determining whether problem behavior in young people reflects a transient developmental crisis, is symptomatic of some underlying condition, or indicates the emergence of a maladaptive personality disorder. Also illustrated is the utility of Rorschach assessment in resolving psycho-legal issues, with particular respect to sentencing decisions in cases of juvenile misconduct.

A notable feature of the book is new adolescent reference data based on the responses of an international sample of 581 non patients age 11-18. These Rorschach reference data, not yet published elsewhere, will be helpful in identifying adolescent deviations from normative expectation. The book is available from Springer publishers (www.springer.com) and from www.amazon.com.

2016 PROGRAMS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

FIVE DAY BEGINNING PROGRAM- JUNE 27-JULY 1
The last 2016 Five Day Beginning Program for the Rorschach Comprehensive System is being offered at the University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut Monday through Friday, July 27-July 1, 2016. This Program offers 35 contact hours of training in administration, coding and interpretation of the Rorschach. It is the equivalent of a semester’s training. There is no better way to learn the foundational structure of the Rorschach. The Program takes participants through a series of case protocols that increase in complexity. Practice in administration and inquiry are included because these facets of the Rorschach are vital to standardized administration. Full details can be found on the RTP website.

TWO DAY ADVANCED PROGRAM- AUGUST 11 & 12
Thursday August 11 and Friday August 12, 2016, a two Day Advanced Program, Enhancing Your Rorschach Skills, is being planned for psychologists who are already familiar with the Rorschach. Drs. Barry Ritzler and David Shmerler will be presenting challenging case protocols and discussing coding and interpretation. This is an opportunity to improve your Rorschach skills and enjoy the offerings of the “Big Apple”. The Program will be held at the NYC Health+Hospitals|Kings County, 451 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11203, and will be providing 12 CE credits for this Program. Full details and registration will be available on the RTP website in a few weeks. Also watch for details in the next newsletter.

NEW MATERIAL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

“The Forensic Client History and Checklist (FCHC) – Anthony D. Sciara, PhD
The Forensic Client History and Checklist (FCHC) provide a structured history questionnaire and a checklist for collecting information regarding criminal competency. It was designed out of 35 years of practice. Frequently there are times when the interview ends; the client is gone, and essential information is found lacking. This Checklist and Manual offers guidance for taking a history and recording background information that will provide the most thorough foundation for a personality assessment report.

The FCHC comes as a packet of the manual and 10 checklists. It can be ordered from the RTP website – www.rorschachtraining.com

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