“The Indispensable Flame”: Hope as Healing in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment (1.25 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Diane H. Engelman Session Abstract: SPA's 2021 convention theme is Advancing Standards in Personality Assessment. Advancements evolve from ideas and experiences, both old and new. In the 1950s, psychiatrist Karl Menninger rallied colleagues to the "indispensable flame" of Hope in dealing with patients. In 2018, Rorschachiana (Vol 39, Issue 1) published an … Continue reading “The Indispensable Flame”: Hope as Healing in Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment (1.25 CE Credits)

A Window into Hikikomori, an Increasingly Global Syndrome of Shutting Out Society (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Tomoko Miwa Session Abstract: This case discussion presents a classic case of hikikomori in a male adolescent in Japan. The first presenter will describe hikikomori, a phenomenon and syndrome once unique to Japan, but increasingly found worldwide. It is a condition whereby an individual becomes an extreme recluse. Individuals with hikikomori often … Continue reading A Window into Hikikomori, an Increasingly Global Syndrome of Shutting Out Society (1.5 CE Credits)

An Exploratory Study of Intellectualization in the Rorschach Inkblot Test

Corresponding Author Information: Karary X. Gonzalez Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The defense mechanism of intellectualization has long been written about within the psychoanalytic literature (A. Freud, 1936/1946; Howe, 1934). However, the empirical examination of this defense has been limited. Exner described intellectualization as a “naïve form of denial… it is a pseudo-intellectual process that … Continue reading An Exploratory Study of Intellectualization in the Rorschach Inkblot Test

An Exploratory Study of Rorschach Administration Behaviors and Their Empirical Correlates

Corresponding Author Information: Adam W Anderson Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rorschach Inkblot Test research has validated many individual variables used in interpretation. The development of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) (Meyer, Viglione, Mihura, Erard, & Erdberg, 2011) involved administrative procedures to “optimize” the number of responses subjects provided so as to limit the impact of protocol … Continue reading An Exploratory Study of Rorschach Administration Behaviors and Their Empirical Correlates

Conceptualizing and Assessing Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: James Kleiger Session Abstract: The concept of Bipolarity has changed and now includes a broader range of mood disturbances, which challenge conventional diagnostic assumptions. Panel members present multiple methods for assessing mood and bipolar spectrum conditions beginning with history-gathering and clinical interview techniques, and using selected rating scales, and projective, performance-based methods. … Continue reading Conceptualizing and Assessing Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (1.5 CE Credits)

Deconstructing Psychosis and its Assessment with Relevant R-PAS Measures (1.5 CE Credits)

MARCH 19TH | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (ET) Session Abstract:In the past decade, the psychopathology research literature, including that on psychosis, has emphasized deconstructing disorders into dimensional components. The first presentation by Mihura provides an overview of the key psychosis components and how R-PAS scores map onto those components, summarizing the literature to date. … Continue reading Deconstructing Psychosis and its Assessment with Relevant R-PAS Measures (1.5 CE Credits)

Ego Impairment Index (EII-2) as a Predictor of Psychotherapy Outcome During a Five-Year Follow-Up

Corresponding Author Information: Jaakko Stenius Session Abstract: BACKROUND AND PURPOSE: Interview-based pre-treatment evaluation of patient characteristics may help selecting optimal type or length of psychotherapeutic treatment. The Rorschach-based Ego Impairment Index (EII-2) provides a yet uninvestigated performance-based approach for evaluating these kinds of qualities that are not gauged by the interview methodology. We hypothesized lower … Continue reading Ego Impairment Index (EII-2) as a Predictor of Psychotherapy Outcome During a Five-Year Follow-Up

Emerging Research with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (1.25 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Donald J. Viglione Session Abstract: These five, diverse, international studies demonstrate the growth of the research base to R-PAS. Complexity as a Moderator of the Relationship of Rorschach Measures with Psychosis and Severity of Disturbance: Research has demonstrated that the R-PAS Perception and Thinking problems variables are valid measures of psychotic phenomena … Continue reading Emerging Research with the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (1.25 CE Credits)

Experimental and Neurophysiological Rorschach Research (1.5 CE Credits)

Corresponding Author Information: Benjamin A. Berry Session Abstract: This session focuses on recent research using an experimental and/or neurophysiological approach to advance our understanding of the Rorschach response process. First, Berry and Meyer report on an experimental manipulation of visual processes on the Rorschach task through the use of specially-designed goggles. In two experiments, they … Continue reading Experimental and Neurophysiological Rorschach Research (1.5 CE Credits)

Exploring the Neurological Underpinnings of Personality Using Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG): A Case Study

Corresponding Author Information: Aubrey Flanigan Session Abstract: This presentation will explore ways to conceptualize the neurological underpinnings of personality. The case of a 14-year-old adolescent male diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominately Inattentive Presentation (ADHD) will be examined to demonstrate the integration of an electrophysiological measure into a psychoeducational evaluation battery. Results from a … Continue reading Exploring the Neurological Underpinnings of Personality Using Quantitative Electroencephalogram (QEEG): A Case Study