SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

BARRY RITZLER, PHD, ABPP and ANTHONY SCIARA, PHD, ABPP

COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM CLARIFICATION

For some time it has been reported that the Exner family has stated that the Comprehensive System should not change. We recently spoke to Andrea Metts, the daughter of John Exner and the director of Rorschach Workshops in Asheville, North Carolina, to clarify their position. She indicated the Exner family never intended that the Comprehensive System could not change. She believes that another member of the family who was previously active in Rorschach workshops may have voiced that position to other people; however, that is not the official position of Rorschach Workshops.

Andrea also indicated that the family never agreed with certain proposals set forth by the R-PAS group. She characterized those proposals as including a surrender of the Comprehensive System to R-PAS to manage. The family feels strongly that it is important to protect the work of John Exner and for the copyrighted materials to stay as it is. That is not to exclude research suggesting changes to the System. Those who knew Dr. Exner can recall that he said that the Comprehensive System was a “work in progress”.
Andrea also stated that Rorschach Training Programs (RTP) has long been given permission to use Rorschach workshop protocols in their programs. However, no such permission has been given to any other group, including R-PAS. Dr. Exner’s wife, Doris, and Ms. Metts requested RTP clarify their position in this newsletter in an effort to encourage ongoing research and publication on the use of the Comprehensive System.

COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (CSIRA) MEETING

Dr. Ritzler recently attended a conference on the Comprehensive System held by the Comprehensive System International Rorschach Association (CSIRA) in Milan, Italy. The association president is Anne Andronikoff from France and the vice president is Noriko Nakamura from Japan.

The conference ran for three days and contained many interesting papers and posters. Two workshops were conducted at the end: One on the forensic use of the Comprehensive System and another on CHESSS – a computer program based on the Comprehensive System developed by Patrick Fontan from France.

The conference was an indication that the Comprehensive System is practiced extensively throughout the world and that much research is being conducted on additions to, and changes in, the Comprehensive System. In 2017, CSIIRA will co-sponsor the International Rorschach Congress in Paris.

CSIRA also is developing a data base for the Comprehensive System. Protocols, coding, and background information can be sent to Patrick Fontan at fontan.patrick@gmail.com or by snail-mail at 36 rue de Chinon, 94110 Arcueil, France.

CODING STRATEGIES BOOK ERRATA

We have very much appreciated the great responses to our Coding book. Among the many responses were a couple of individuals who noted an inaccurate example on Page 9. To correct the inaccuracy please go to our website www.rorschachtraining.com – “Materials to Purchase” and there you will find a replacement for Page 9 that can be downloaded and printed.

As always, we welcome your comments about our publications and strive to keep them as accurate as possible.

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