May 3 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (EDT)


Alessandro Crisi, PsyD | Istituto Italiano Wartegg
Jacob A. Palm, PhD |  Southern California Center for Collaborative Assessment and the Wright Institute

Workshop Information:

This workshop presents a practical introduction to Crisi Wartegg System (CWS), a methodology for the clinical use of the Wartegg Drawing Completion Test (WDCT). The WDCT is a performance-based drawing technique that can be completed in 5-10 minutes by the client and is appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults including individuals with mental disabilities. Once one becomes competent in its use, the test takes 40-45 minutes to administer, score and interpret. A recent meta-analysis attests to its validity in assessing personality and psychopathology, and reliability and validity data of the CWS is commensurate with both self-report (MMPI-2) and performance-based (Rorschach) personality measures. The CWS was also recently recognized as a valid performance-based personality method that can be used for certification in Therapeutic Assessment, given the measure's ease of use, resonance with clients, and non-threatening nature. Specific topics covered in this workshop include introduction to the history of the WDCT, as well as the development of the CWS. Reliability and validity data will be reviewed, as well as recommended clinical use and incremental validity of this measure. Participants will learn proper standardized administration procedures. Lastly, a variety of clinical cases examples and protocols will be provided to demonstrate both the utility of the measure and its discriminative power between clients with various presenting symptoms or challenges. Prior to exposure to the CWS, participants will have the opportunity to complete the test independently, with time provided for reflection on their experience and initial reactions. Following completion of this training, clinicians will be able to administer the test to clients, but will require consultation to score and clinically interpret collected protocols.

Goals and Objectives:

1. Describe clinical use of the CWS, including the clinical populations the measure is appropriate for, as well as the incremental validity/benefits of use in clinical practice;

2. Describe statistical foundations of the CWS, including interrater and test-retest reliability, and validity data;

3. List the steps required for proper administration of the WDCT according to the CWS;

4. Identify basic differences in clinical protocols based upon diagnostic categories.

Skill Level:

This is an introductory training on the CWS; no previous use of the test is required although thorough grounding in psychological assessment and theory is recommended.

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