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Instructional Level

Intermediate --- Builds upon the learner's foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Course Description and Target Audience

The presentation will outline research support for the Rorschach Inkblot Technique and describe it's strengths and weaknesses. I will review basic scoring principles, key data points for interpretation, and strategies for addressing diagnosis and treatment planning. I will provide students with an introduction to integrative report writing using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (RPAS). 

RPAS was based on a meta-analysis published in 2011. It only retained items from the Comprehensive System that demonstrated strong research support. The Rorschach is one of the most accurate and widely used instruments for diagnosing psychotic thought disorders and personality disorders. The test also provides valid data regarding emotional management, cognitive resources, self-image, and interpersonal functioning. 

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians, etc).

The risks associated with the Rorschach Inkblot Technique are minimal. It can promote regressive symptoms in severely disturbed clients. It is a performance based test, and if the client is not engaged in the process, data could be limited. However, even with difficult and resistant clients, the Rorschach Inkblot Techniques can provide a window into their psychological functioning that is otherwise is unavailable

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to analyze basic RPAS scoring categories and principles. 
  • Participants will be able to analyze response and protocol level data points for basic interpretative strategies.
  • Participants will be able to identify Rorschach findings associated with psychotic-spectrum mental disorders.
  • Participants will be able to analyze basic Rorschach findings associated with emotional modulation, depression, anxiety, narcissism, oral dependency, aggression, borderline phenomenon.

Presenter Information

Kent Franks, Ph.D. has been a clinical psychologist for 35 years. He has consistently used the Rorschach Inkblot technique in his forensic assessment practice involving criminal and civil forensic cases. He testified about Rorschach findings numerous times in open court. He presented Rorschach findings at the Society of Personality Assessment and published several scholarly articles.

Live CE Training Format

CE’s for this live training will be earned through completing the following tasks:

  • Attend the live training In-Person and review all provided documents in their entirety.
  • Fill out the program evaluation form.

Registration Cost

This cost includes video links, materials, and evaluation form required to obtain the CE’s. The CE certificate will be emailed to participants once it has been verified that you attended the training in full and completed the evaluation.