Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM PDT
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM PDT

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6555 E. Speedway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85710

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Tucson Radisson Hotel

6555 E. Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85710

  • King or Double Non-Smoking room $114/night double
  • Breakfast is included for up to 2 people per room
  • $10/person additional for 3rd and 4th person per room 
  • (state and local taxesapply)

 Rates honored: 3 days prior and 3 dayspost,
based on availability

Free self-parking 

Friday October 6

9:15  Lena Rivkin           "Behind the Brush"
9:35  Sheila Lowe          "Printing"
11:00 Graziella Pettinati  "Umbrella Test"        
2:00  Rachel Blomstrom "Millinials, Why Care?"
2:20  Jane Yank             "Stages of Graphic Maturity"

Saturday October 7

9:05  Gayna Scott          "Campaign for Cursive"
9:25  Cynthia Crosson   "Effects of Trauma" 
10:55 Macjob Oladipupo "Medication Effects on HW"
2:00  Roberto Espinosa  "Profession Recognition"
3:10  Donna Whipple     "Dialecting Behavior/Coping" 

Sunday October 8

9:05 Theresa Ortega     "Cursive Camp and Travels"
9:35  Ruth Holmes        "Closing the Gender Gap"
11:30  AWARDS 

Additional events

Don't forget: All Speakers are listed above, but there are additional evening "events" (like roundtable discussions, and more, not listed here) that are strictly part of the in-person conference, and cannot be made available by ZOOM!

Pre-Conference Workshop
with Linda Larson
"Combining Gestalt & Trait Stroke"

Graphology and trait stroke analysis are not the same thing, but they enhance each other analytically.  If you are an analyst that first sees the PPI, sensitive 
d's and the unfinished lower zone loops, but are not quite certain where the spacing and movement of the writing fits in, you will want to attend this special pre-conference lecture. 
You will learn you already know more about in depth analysis than you thought, but just may not understand how to utilize what you know.  If you would like 
to learn how to bring both the macro and micro aspects of analysis together for a more comprehensive understanding of a writing, you will not want to miss 
this pre conference talk seminar.

This Workshop is not part of the conference.  It is an additional option.  Fee for this 3-hour event, Thursday from 1-4PM is $45.00.

Post Conference Workshop 
with Graziella Pettinati:
"The Wartegg Test"

A Post-Conference Workshop on the "Wartegg Test" will be held by Graziella Pettinati.  The Wartegg Test is a system of incomplete drawings that the client must complete.  These are very revelaing, and their interpretations are used in many fields such as counseling, schools, social workers, etc.  They may be used on kids and adults.

Graziella brings so much experience, and some marvelous examples, you will find the Wartegg Test as an excellent skill to have in your toolbelt!  

The workshop will be held immedialy following the close of the Conference after the Awards Luncheon on Sunday Oct 8th, approximately 2-5 PM.

This Wartegg Test Workshop is not part of the Conference.  It is an additional option at $45 for this 3- hour course and materials 

Awards Brunch 

Included with your Full Conference or Sunday registration, is the Awards Brunch, which will be presented with the following categories:

  • Heart of the Chapter (the person who the chapter cannot do without)
  • Platinum Pen (members who have made an effort to expand graphology awareness)
  • Silver Script (honors a graphologist for their positive impact on graphology in the media)
  • High Form Level Award (a graphologist who has made a contribution through empirical research that positively affects the field.)
  • Flandrin-Michon - This award, the most prestigious presented by AHAF, is given only when it is warranted (for distinguished service over a period of time, and for oustanding contributions to graphology through writing, study, leadership, and as an inspiritation to colleagues.)

Joan Kramer is in charge of collecting nominations. Contact her for details or your submissions: joanekramer@mac.com


Valerie Weil 

Write the Next Chapter:  


AHAF 2017 50th Anniversary Conference 

Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of great people, community, and handwriting analysis. We have some amazing events planned.  Our theme for this event is "Write the Next Chapter"

While we prefer you join us at the conference live and in person, we also will be making this event available Live by Zoom Cloud Conferencing.  If you can't make it to Tucson, please Zoom with us for this wonderful event!   Join us!

Full Conference is $350.00 for non-members, $295.00 for members, and $265.00 Early Bird thru 3/31/17.  You may select individual days if you cannot attend the full conference.  Pre and Post-Conference Workshops are $45.00 each.

Rachel Blomstrom, BA, MFA      "Appealing to the Younger Crowd"

An artist, musician, performer and writer, Rachel came to graphology fairly recently. She brings a unique perspective to the question of how to interest young people in handwriting in the digital age and how to attract future Handwriting Analysts.

Cynthia Crosson, Ph.D.          "Trauma's Invisible Wound"


Cynthia is certified by AHAF and IGAS. She has served as president and vice president for the New England Society for Handwriting Analysis. In her other lives, she taught for many years in the behavioral sciences, has maintained a private counseling practice specializing in trauma. She is pastor of the Whately Congregational Church.

Cynthia’s talk centers on Post-traumatic Stress through the Lens of Handwriting Analysis. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is a much-used diagnosis in today’s society. But what is PTSD and what are its origins? How might PTSD be identified through handwriting? Can handwriting analysis be used to identify changes as an individual heals from PTSD? 

Ruth Holmes, CG:                 "Closing the Gender Gap:  

                                            Women Leaders Around the Globe." 

Ruth is court-qualified as an expert witness in Federal, State and local courts. She has appeared on CBS News, Discovery, CNBC, BBC, Canada AM, Court TV and Dateline/NBC. 

Her presentation takes a look at the fears, obstacles, progress, successes and future for women as seen in their handwritings. What trait does it take to achieve equality? Leadership styles are different, but what does it take to rise to the top? 


Sheila Lowe, CG, MS:     "Printing: Its Implications for the handwriting analyst"

Sheila has a master of science degree in psychology and was certified by AHAF in 1981. She is a published writer and lecturer, she is court-qualified as a forensic handwriting expert.

Are there differences in the analysis of printed writing versus cursive? This talk will examine how the two types of graphic expression are similar and dissimilar. 

Macjob Oladipupo, O.E. B-Pharm.:       "Effects of Medication on Handwriting"


Macjob is a pharmacist by training at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He was a brand manager of Cardiometabolic Medicine, Novartis Pharmaceuticals English West Africa CEO, Macdiptoy Consulting Limited, a company that teaches skills in Non-Verbal Intelligence.  He has facilitated in many corporate organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Axa Mansard Insurance as well as government agencies.

Writing impulses are generated from the brain before traveling down the nerves to the muscles of the fingers.  Any substance capable of influencing the brain, that affects writing, should be considered closely. As graphologists, our assessments regarding personality of clients have to be top notch. Certain medications do affect the handwriting of individuals.  It is imperative  for us to be aware of some medications that can affect how the client writes, and what we write about the client. 

Theresa Ortega:                            "AHAF Around the World"


Theresa grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and moved back to Indiana at the age of 13. Fluent in Spanish, she spent 20 years as an on-call Spanish Court Interpreter for City, County, Circuit, Superior, Federal and Juvenile courts. 

Theresa has been a great connection to our Spanish-speaking colleagues, involving them in our annual National/International Handwriting Week events via social media. She was invited in 2016 to represent AHAF in Mexico City at the 3rd Annual World Congress of Graphology and Psychology, where she presented 2 lectures in Spanish about our Campaign for Cursive and AHAF's white paper. Theresa will share with us what she has learned from her travels and communications with graphologists across the globe. 

Lena Rivkin, MFA:                               "Behind the Brush"


Lena Rivkin is vice president of the Southern California chapter of AHAF. Lena provides graphology analyses for Fortune 500 companies and international business clientele to screen applicants and employees. 

Artist and graphologist Lena Rivkin analyzes the handwriting of influential painters from Edgar Degas to Frida Kahlo. Behind the Brush explores several artists’ handwriting for clues to the psychological underpinnings that drove singular, iconoclastic minds to express themselves with paint and canvas. The presentation will include handwriting samples as well as slides of each artist’s work. 

Graziella Pettinati "The Umbrella Test"


Join us as Graziella Pettinati walks us throught the process of the the interesting "Umbrella Test" that works well for with Graphology! First developed to test children, by Belgian graphologist Tatiana DeBarelli in 1990's, the Umbrella test is very useful addition to handwriting analysis for teens and adults, too.  She will demonstrate on you, and then walk you through the process of detecting perception of difficulties and defense mechanisms.  Graziella is a delightful French Canadian graphologist from Quebec, and has years of experience with working with art interpretation and children.

Gayna Scott:                           "Campaign for Cursive"


Gayna puts her 30 years of corporate Sales, Marketing and Business Development skills to work with Campaign for CursiveŽ. She continues to search out opportunities with companies and people to help expand its scope. Gayna hails from Boston and spent most of her business life in San Francisco. Now she lives in Tucson with her husband, Doug and little bichon, Chillie. 

Roberto Espinosa Villagran:  "The Official Mexican Certification of Graphology"

Graphology was recognized nationally by the Mexican government on Dec. 4, 2012, through an agreement with the Technical Committee of the National Council for Standardization and Certification of Labor Competencies.

Roberto will discuss the success in engaging with National Security Agencies based on Scientific Graphology. His talk will demonstate how this Standard has served as a model for some South American Countries, that also seek recognition from their government for Scientific Graphology, and how these reciprocal agreements could benefit graphologists in the United States.

(SOMEGRAF — Sociedad Mexicana de Grafologia Cientifica/Mexican Society of Scientific Graphology). 

Dr. Donna Whipple, Psy.D.      "Improving Our Client's Lives"  
                                  (Contributions from DBT Psychology and Graphology)


Donna is a clinical psychologist with almost 30 years of treatment and assessment experience. She is the director of a large mental health practice in the Boston area and a consultant to a health insurance company. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an innovative treatment approach that was developed in 1993 by Marsha Linehan. It is a broad based cognitive behavioral treatment which was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal borderline patients. It is now used broadly in psychotherapy. Dr. Whipple has been practicing DBT since its inception in 1993. In this unique presentation, she will provide an overview of DBT as well as explore how this framework can be useful for graphologists in their efforts to understand their clients. She will demonstrate techniques and present cases with corresponding handwriting samples.

Dr. Jane Yank, Ph.D      "Stages in Graphic Maturity:  
                                        Comparison of 2nd and 6th grade writing skills"


Jane is a crisis clinician for emergency departments at St John’s and Woodwinds Hospitals. She teaches clinical social work at Walden University.  Jane serves on the AHAF board as  Research Chair.

Jane’s presentation will describe the changes in speed and accuracy during continuous tracing and drawing skills occurring between the second grade (7 and 8-year-old students) and 6th grade (11 and 12-year old students). The exercise used in this original research is a series of connected e’s to simulate cursive writing without the additional cognitive load of spelling or meaningful expression and to maintain consistency across samples. Changes in pressure, speed, and accuracy will exhibit the development of underlying perceptual and motor skills for connected (cursive) handwriting.

The presentation will be of interest to those interested in handwriting skill development in children (and perhaps in forgers as well!)

Heidi Harralson & Tricia Clapp:   "Enneagram Round Table Workshop"

Heidi is a past president of AHAF and president of the Tucson Chapter. The managing partner of Spectrum Forensic International, LLC, she is a court-qualified and board-certified forensic document examiner. 

Tricia is co-owner of Mostly Books in Tucson and has served on the AHAF board in various positions. She hosts the monthly Tucson Chapter meetings and has studied graphology and the Enneagram extensively.

The Enneagram workshop is a reprise of a similar highly successful workshop hosted by the Chapter at a previous AHAF conference. Attendees will determine their own Enneagram type and split up into groups for each type. This is an enlightening and entertaining program that will be of great benefit to all.