March 31 and April 1 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)


Gregory J. Meyer, PhD | University of Toledo
Giselle Pianowski, PhD | Universidade São Francisco, Brazil

Workshop Information:

This workshop is for people with prior experience using the Rorschach and it introduces the second edition of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS). R-PAS grounds Rorschach use both on strong empirical support and on an appreciation of the task as providing an in vivo sample of perceptual and verbal problem-solving behavior obtained in a standardized context. The latter allows for personality inferences to be based on observed performance rather than self-description, which in turn allows valid scores to provide relevant information that complements and increments over self-report. R-PAS emphasizes scores where there is a clear link between the psychological processes associated with the perceptions and behaviors coded in the microcosm of the task and inferences about parallel psychological processes associated with the perceptions and behaviors that make up personality characteristics expressed in everyday behavior. We start the workshop by briefly describing the scientific rationale and procedures for R-PAS. We then address administration, the scoring and calculation of variables, normative referencing, a standardized format to present the results, and interpretive inferences. As time allows, we also briefly describe the large array of free training resources that are available to R-PAS account holders. We illustrate the practical features of R-PAS by applying the system to a clinical case. Although, the workshop is largely didactic, we provide time for questions, comments, and discussion with those in attendance. This workshop is focused on using R-PAS and should be helpful for practitioners, instructors, and researchers. Attendees should have some familiarity with Rorschach-based assessment and should read the first three chapters of the first or second edition of the R-PAS manual before attending the training (Meyer, Viglione, Mihura, Erard, & Erdberg, 2011, 2020).

Goals and Objectives:

1. Summarize the value of "performance assessment" as a foundation for clinical interpretation.

2. Explain basic steps in calculating normed scores from raw scores.

3. Implement standardized administration to optimize the length of Rorschach protocols

4. Describe how to score R-PAS variables

5. Recognize potentially problematic psychological characteristics when scanning the R-PAS Profile Pages

Skill Level:

Intermediate; we assume familiarity with Rorschach-based assessment and the first three chapters of the R-PAS manual.

Dr. MeyerDr. Gregory J. Meyer

Gregory J. Meyer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toledo, where he has been since 2003. Before this, he was at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was the director of the inpatient and outpatient Psychological Assessment Service. He was the Editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment from 2002 to 2013. His research focuses on psychological assessment, with an emphasis on the integration of personality assessment methods. Much of his work has addressed performance-based measures of psychological processes, most notably with the Rorschach. With more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, he has made many contributions to the published literature in this area, as well as in psychometrics and assessment more generally. He regularly provides invited lectures and trainings internationally. On four occasions, the Society for Personality Assessment recognized him with Distinguished Contribution Awards for articles in the published literature. He also received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology by the Assessment Section of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association, Section IX, Division 12). He is a Fellow of Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics) of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Personality Assessment. In addition to co-authoring the manual for the Rorschach Performance Assessment System, he co-edited a casebook entitled Using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS).

Dr. Pianowski Dr. Giselle Pianowski

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