Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 5:45 PM EDT

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Washington Psychology Associates 
1313 L Street, NW (NAEYC building—6th floor)
Washington, DC 20005

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Mark Lafferty 
Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) 

2-Day Introduction to R-PAS: Rationale, Administration, Coding, and Interpretation  

This two-day workshop provides a clinically focused understanding of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS). R-PAS is a relatively new, empirically-grounded system that uses the task as a verbal and perceptual behavior sample obtained under standardized conditions such that personality inferences are based on observed performance rather than self-description. Test scores are compared to internationally-based reference norms and graphically displayed using standard scores. 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. After describing the rationale for using R-PAS and the problems that it corrects for relative to previous systems, we focus on its distinctive features related to administration, coding, normative reference data, and interpretation, and apply the system to two cases. Participants may be just learning to use the Rorschach, though the presentation is oriented towards those who have some previous Rorschach-based assessment experience.

This workshop should be useful for practitioners and for people who teach or supervise psychological assessment. It should appeal to practitioners and teachers interested in learning how to more fully and accurately understand clients through multimethod clinical assessments that incorporate making careful inferences from valid, performance-based R-PAS scales. Although the workshop may be of use and interest to students with no knowledge of the Rorschach, those who are familiar with Rorschach-based assessment will benefit the most. The workshop largely will be didactic on most of the first day, though interactive around the case conceptualizations. 

  • Participants should read Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of the R-PAS Manual before attending. [For those with no prior Rorschach experience who wish to attend, you will benefit from also scoring at least 20 responses in Table 7.1 (1-9 and 25-35 will provide experience with a range of codes)].



Day 1 – Thursday

8:30     Registration
9:00     Orientation and overview of the Rorschach and issues leading up to R-PAS
10:15    Break
10:30    Overview of R-PAS and rationale for its development; Administration and coding
12:00    Lunch
1:15     Normative data, complexity adjustments, and overview of the scoring program
2:45     Break
3:00     Interpretive principles and procedures and introduction to Case 1
5:30     Closing of Day 1

Day 2 – Friday

9:00     Review of yesterday’s material, Q & A; Continue Case 1
10:30    Break
10:45    Finish up Case 1 and begin Case 2
12:15    Lunch
1:30     Continue with Case 2 
3:00     Break
3:15     Complete Case 2, Q & A
5:30     Evaluations and Closing

Fees: The cost for the two-day training is either $340 (early registration, before May 20th) or $400 (regular, May 21st or after). Students (40% off), university instructors (20% off), and clinical supervisors (10% off) may request a discount code by contacting us at info@r-pas.org prior to registering for the workshopstudents should submit proof of academic enrollment or an unofficial transcript, while instructors and supervisors should submit some documentation attesting to their role. 

Cancellations can be made with a full refund minus a $25 processing fee up to seven days before the event. 

Continuing Education Credit:  Participants in this program are eligible for 14 hours of continuing education credit. The program must be completed in its entirety to qualify for this credit (i.e., partial hours cannot be accommodated). CEs are an additional $15 and can be obtained by entering a value of 1 in the "CE Credits" section of the registration page. 

This program is co-sponsored by the Society of Personality Assessment (SPA) and R-PAS. SPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. SPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.