The new Interpretive Workbook for the Rorschach Comprehensive System is available for purchase on the RTP website.


The Society for Personality Assessment had a very successful meeting in Boston, March 9 to March 14. There were 520 attendees which was the highest recorded attendance in the 72 year history of the organization.

The Journal of Personality Assessment is doing well, but again, there will be so many special issues in the coming year that the space for regular personality assessment manuscripts will be limited.

More scientific sessions were available this year at SPA, and thanks to the large attendance, the sessions were well attended. The almost exclusive reliance on PowerPoint again caused numerous “dead periods” that limited the time available to individual presenters, but the presentations I was able to witness were presented with uniform competence. There was little time available for questions and no real discussion at any of the sessions I attended.

Rorschach Training Programs staffed a table in the registration area and sold copies of the new interpretation workbook and the “Little Book” on administration with the accompanying DVD. I also had available the stimulus pictures for the Picture Projection Test (an alternative to the TAT) and first drafts of coding and interpretation manuals. I hope to formally introduce this assessment tool next year at the SPA meeting in Chicago.

Boston was, once again, an excellent convention site – great food, especially the clam chowder, interesting sightseeing, and lots of sunshine (even for the Boston winter). The Royal Sonesta served as a good meeting hotel with plenty of meeting rooms, good service, and reasonable guest room rates. Next year, SPA will be at the Chicago Westin Hotel on the Miracle Mile, near the Water Tower.

I was especially impressed by the numerous posters presented at the meeting. It is good to see so many young people taking an interest in personality assessment.

The MMPI-2 (especially its recent variations) and the Rorschach were frequent topics of the scientific sessions. The Comprehensive System is alive and well and the R-PAS is off to a good start with its developers acknowledging that there is much work ahead.

At the Plenary Session Bob Erard, the current president, gave an excellent speech including a song parody he delivered. Steve Finn, in accepting the Bruno Klopfer Award, presented a very thought provoking speech on the role of emotion in personality assessment and psychotherapy. Check the SPA website – – for a complete list of other award winners.

This month the RTP held a successful advanced training program on the child and adolescent April 1-3 in Dallas, Texas. Approximately 30 psychologists from many parts of the United States and Canada – Maine, South Carolina, Minnesota, Vermont, Massachusetts, Alabama, New Mexico, Texas, California, etc. Special thanks to Dr. Irving Weiner who provided excellent protocol presentations.

The next RTP Program will be the Beginning Program to be held in New York in June. It has a full registration. Those of you registered for this Program will be receiving your pre-course materials by mail the first part of June.


The International Rorschach Congress will meet in Tokyo, Japan on July 17-20, 2011. The Congress Chairperson, Noriko Nakamura, has put much work into preparing an excellent meeting. The troubles in Japan should have abated by summer and we are looking forward to a fine experience.


The RTP will continue presenting Rorschach Comprehensive System training programs next year. By fall, we should have a complete list of offerings for 2012 posted on the RTP website. There will be at least one Beginning Program and an Advanced Program scheduled for 2012.

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