Rorschach Training Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 2, March-April 2010

[A slightly different version of this newsletter was published and distributed via e-mail on April 16, 2010.]

SOCIETY FOR PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT

The Society for Personality Assessment recently held its annual meeting in March at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. There were 430 SPA members at the meeting and many symposia, paper sessions, posters, and special events.

The big issue at the meeting was the future of the Rorschach. The new R-PAS system was introduced to the membership with a promise of a workbook and other guidelines to come. The studies and statistical analyses that have developed the system so far are impressive. We have two concerns: 1) much of the statistical manipulations use data from the international reference samples; as you know, we have several concerns about the integrity of these data-none of which, in our opinion, have been adequately addressed by the developers of the R-PAS (fondly referred to as the Gang of Five); 2) the statistical analyses, though elegant, are basically nomothetic and fail to cover the many complexities encountered with individual cases-so far, the R-PAS seems to eliminate a good number of Comprehensive System variables that we have used effectively for many years.

In regard to the future of the Comprehensive System, a number of us (fondly known as the Gang of Six) have formed the International Rorschach Organization for the Comprehensive System (I-ROCS). Those of us at the meeting were Anne Andronikoff from France, Carl-Erik Mattlar from Finland, Noriko Nokamura from Japan, and Tony Sciara and Barry Ritzler from the U.S. We are joined by Concepcion Sendin from Spain who was not at the meeting in San Jose. We plan to do and promote studies of the Comprehensive System to strengthen the System’s validity and improve its guidelines. The results of this work will be presented in this newsletter and appropriate publications such as Rorschachiana, the official publication of the International Rorschach Society. It is our intent to preserve the Comprehensive System as an effective method for the use of the Rorschach.

We also want to emphasize our efforts at RTP to continue the teaching of the Comprehensive System.

JUNE BEGINNING PROGRAM

There are still a few student slots available. If interested in registering go to the RTP Website. On May 10th textbooks and
materials will be mailed to all registrants.

AUGUST ADVANCED PROGRAM

On August 5-7, 2010 in Asheville, Tony Sciara and Roger Greene will present a three-day advanced workshop on the integration of MMPI-2 and the Comprehensive System.

REUNION PROGRAM
On September 23-26, 2010 we will have our annual Reunion Program open to anyone who has previously attended a Rorschach Workshop or Rorschach Training Program. At the Reunion Program, we will welcome back Irving Weiner who will present a child or adolescent case. Also, Christopher Fowler from Austin Riggs University will appear as a guest presenter. Chris will present a case illustrating his important work on suicide risk. Applications for either program can be made through the RTP Website.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU

Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Rorschach Comprehensive System and other Rorschach issues by using the “Contact Us” section of the RTP website.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR 2011
Information concerning future 2011 Programs should be available by September.

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