By Barry Ritzler, Ph.D.
UPCOMING RTP PROGRAMS
After February there are two remaining 2012 Programs.
There will be the Three Day Advanced Program focusing on Integrating the Rorschach with the MMPI-2, held in Dallas March 30- April 1, 2012. Roger Greene and I will be teaching this Program.
Dr. Greene is a Professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto University. He is an expert in the MMPI-2 and an outstanding instructor. The newest edition of his MMPI-2 manual, The MMPI-2/MMPI-2-RF: An Interpretive Manual (3rd Ed.) was published in 2010. His books on the MMPI-2 have been among the standard references for over two decades. The Advanced Program offers a rare opportunity to spend three days working with Dr. Greene.
The second remaining 2012 Program will be the Five Day Beginning Program at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, June 11-15, 2012. This is an essential Program for those wanting to learn how to administer, code, and interpret the Rorschach Ink Blot Test. Dr. Sciara and I will be teaching this Five Day Program. All Programs are open for registration on the RTP Website.
PICTURE PROJECTION TEST
In this newsletter, we are introducing the Picture Projection Test (PPT). I have been working on it for several years and we have prepared it for personality assessment psychologists.
The Picture Projection Test is designed as an alternative to the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT). The pictures are up to date (no one is smoking a pipe) and actual smiles are apparent. There are only nine pictures-surveys have indicated that psychologists use many fewer than the twenty pictures indicated by the TAT manual. The pictures are oil paintings in color (painted by Dr. Anat Ben-Zvi, a psychology colleague and artist from Brooklyn)-research has indicated that color results in longer stories and more emotion. Each picture pulls for relationships typical of everyday human interaction.
The PPT can be used like the TAT. The method of administration is the same-clients are asked to tell stories to the pictures. While the norms and scoring system aid in interpretation, the PPT can be used with adults and adolescents for the same purposes as the TAT. Other or additional scoring systems can be applied. We hope that the availability of the test will enable others to do research and establish other norms as well as using it for clinical purposes. The clinical utility of apperception tests has been established for many years.
The PPT was devised to improve on the assessment done with the TAT. Research has indicated that the PPT pictures are better at separating depressed from non-depressed patients and psychotic from non-psychotic patients. The stories are longer and show greater variability (also indicated in previous research). There is a scoring system with several categories and norms from 300 non-patient individuals somewhat heavily weighted for white, middle-class subjects.
The scoring system covers word length (complexity), form quality (reality testing), affect (degree and looseness of modulation), emotional stress (similar to the Rorschach Comprehensive System), benevolence-malevolence (the extent that these characteristics are presented in the story), aggression (on a 3-point scale of intensity), relationships (based on the inclusion of intimate relationships in the stories), and emotional tone (the overall positive or negative quality of the story). The scoring can be accomplished in 10-30 minutes and is an aid to interpretation.
I will present the PPT in March at the Society for Personality Assessment Convention in Chicago. The test kit has been published by Omnipress for sale at the meeting. It can also be purchased from the website www.pictureprojectiontest.com. Also, there is a link on the RTP website that will direct you to the PPT website. The PPT comes in an attractive folio containing nine picture cards-laminated and in full color, a pad of scoring sheets, and a manual for scoring and interpretation. (Norms are included in the manual.) The PPT Test will sell for $100 at the SPA Convention and $119 on the website.
The next Newsletter (March/April) will contain a summary of the SPA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 15-17, 2012. The RTP will have an exhibit table and we look forward to visiting with many of you.
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