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PP 7372

Projective Assessment
Spring, 2008
Andrew Suth, Ph.D.






Title The Rorschach: A Comprehensive System. Volume

1: The Rorschach, basic foundations and principles of

Author(s) Exner, John

Copyright 2003
Publisher Wiley and Sons
ISBN 0-471-38672-3

Title A Rorschach workbook for the comprehensive

system (5th Edition)

Author(s) Exner, John.

Publisher Rorschach Workshops.

Title Handbook

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Author(s) Levy, Ascher
Publisher Self-published- there will be instructions on how to
purchases this text on the first day of class

Title The Rorschach: A Comprehensive System. Volume
2: Advanced Interpretation

Author(s) Exner, John

Copyright 2003
Publisher Wiley and Sons

Title Handbook of Psychological Assessment (4th Edition).

Author(s) Groth-Marnat, Gary..

Copyright 2003
Publisher Wiley and Sons: New Jersey.
ISBN 0-471-41979-6
Edition 4th

Title Whats Wrong with the Rorschach? Science

Confronts the Controversial Inkblot Test.

Author(s) Wood, J.M., Nezworski, M.T., Lilienfeld, S.O, Garb, H.N

Copyright 2003
Publisher Wiley and Sons: New York.
ISBN 0-7879-6056-X

Additional readings TBA

This Course Requires the Purchase of a Course Packet: NO

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Argosy University
PP 7372
Projective Personality Assessment
Spring 2010; Tuesday Section

Faculty Information
Faculty Name: Andy Suth, Ph.D.
Campus: Chicago
Contact Information: 312-777-7697; Asuth@argosy.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9-10, 3:15-5
Wednesday 9-10, 11-12
Thursday 3-4

Teaching Assistant: Michael McClendon

T.A. Session: Tuesday:3:30-4:30 pm
Phone: 773-203-1300
Email: mmsmc22@yahoo.com

Course Description:
This course will cover the Exner Comprehensive System for the Rorschach as well as selected
projective tests. In addition to understanding theoretical underpinnings, the student will be
expected to develop some competence in the administration, scoring and interpretation of these
instruments. The class will include a laboratory in which skills in administration and
interpretation can be practiced.

Course Objectives:
Course Objective Program Goal Method of Assessment
Demonstrate working Goal 1-Assessment Assignments 1,3 and Final
knowledge of the
interpretation of
apperception tests
Demonstrate working Goal 1-Assessment Assignments 2, 4 and
knowledge of the Final
interpretation of the
Rorschach Inkblot Test and
the Exner System
Demonstrate working Goal 1-Assessment Final Assignment
knowledge of the
interpretation of other
Projective Techniques
Compare empirical support Goal 1-Assessment Classroom discussion

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for and against the use of Goal 4- Historical Context Psychometric Quiz
projective techniques
Examine issues of diversity Goal 3- Diversity All assignments
in regards to response and
interpretation of projective
Demonstrate knowledge of Goal 1-Assessment All written assignments
scoring and interpretation of
test materials
Evaluate the use of Goal 1-Assessment Psychometric Quiz
quantitative versus Goal 5- Scholarship
qualitative test data
Demonstrate use of direct Goal 1-Assessment Psychometric Quiz
vs. indirect data in
psychological testing
Develop more advanced Goal 1-Assessment Assignments 3, 4 and Final
proficiency in
conceptualization of case
Synthesize projective Goal 1-Assessment Final Assignment
material into conceptual

To understand the concepts underlying the use of projectives in an assessment

To Gain a working knowledge of the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), The Childrens
Apperception Test (CAT), Projective Drawings, Sentence Completion and other
projective techniques.

To gain knowledge of administration and scoring of the Rorschach Inkblot test

To gain proficiency at scoring the Rorschach using the Exner Comprehensive system

To appreciate issues of diversity in regards to response and interpretation of projective


To appreciate the strategies used to interpret the results of projective personality tests
and thereby gain a deeper understanding of personality functioning as well as symptom
development and maintenance. These strategies include analysis of theme, intrapsychic
and interpersonal needs, and preoccupations and defensive styles.



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(E1) Exner, John. A Rorschach workbook for the comprehensive system (5th Edition)

(E2) Exner, John (2003). The Rorschach: A Comprehensive System. Volume 1: The
Rorschach, basic foundations and principles of interpretation. Wiley and Sons: New
ISBN 0-471-38672-3

(GM) Groth-Marnat, Gary. (2003) Handbook of Psychological Assessment (4th

Edition).Wiley and Sons: New Jersey. 0-471-41979-6

Highly Recommended

Wood, J.M., Nezworski, M.T., Lilienfeld, S.O, Garb, H.N (2003). Whats Wrong with
the Rorschach? Science Confronts the Controversial Inkblot Test. Wiley and Sons: New
York. 0-7879-6056-X

Suggested: (and Reserve)

Allison, Blatt and Zimet (1988). The Interpretation of Psychological Tests.

(BA) Bellak, L. and Abrams, D.M. (1997) . The TAT, CAT and SAT in clinical use (6th
Edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon

Buck, J. (1987) The House-Tree-Person Technique

Dana, R (2005) Multicultural Assessment: Principles, Applications and Examples.

Lawrence Erlbaum

Exner, J (2005) The Rorschach: A comprehensive System, Vol 2. Advanced

Interpretation. New York: Wiley and Sons.

Henry, W. (1973) The analysis of fantasy: The Thematic apperception technique in the
study of personality. (on reserve under Dr. Kramer)

Paul, A.M. (2004) The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to
Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage Our Companies, and Misunderstand Ourselves.

Rapaport D., Gill, M and Schafer, R. (1968) Diagnostic Psychological Testing.

Selected Readings (from journal articles)

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There will be several different types of assignments-pass/remediation/fail and graded. The
general assignment types are as follows:

I. From T.A. sessions

1. practice homework problems assigned during T.A. sessions. These are to be

completed but not graded.
2. practice protocol- assigned in the t.a. session- optional-feedback provided
3. graded homework assigned at by the t.a.
4. administration - you will be asked to administer tests in a group session with the
T.A. You will receive feedback from your ta
II. In class
1. 2 projective assignments- graded
2. 2 Rorschach interpretations-graded
3. 1 Rorschach Scoring Competency-Pass/Remediate/Fail
4. 2 Integrative Projective Assignments and administrations

Assignment Due Date Percent of grade

Projective 1 2/17/08 15%
Rorschach 1 2/24/08 15%
Projective 2 (partial 3/10/08 20%
Rorschach 2 3/24/08 20%
Rorschach Scoring 3/3/09, 3/17/09, 3/31/09 Pass/Fail
Final-integrative 4/7/09 30%
T.A. Session Performance Pass/Fail
Psychometric quiz Pass/Fail

Grading Scale
1. Pass/Fail for Rorschach Scoring: You will have to
A 100 93
satisfactorily score a protocol to pass the class. You
A- 92 90 may remediate this by attempting it up to three
B+ 89 88 times ( in total).
B 87 83 2. Pass/Fail for T.A. session- it is expected that you
B- 82 80 attend all t.a. sessions or notify the t.a. of your
C+ 79 78 absence- you may attend a different t.a. session if
C 77 - 73 you need to miss that week. It is expected that you
actively participate with homework and reading to
C- 72 70
be prepared for both class and the t.a. session. You
D+ 69 68 will be notified if you are in danger of not passing
D 67 63 the t.a. portion of class and given a chance to
D- 62 60 remediate your performance.
F 59 and below

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Required T.A. Sessions

Everyone in Projective Assessment is required to attend a weekly T.A. session which will be
primarily concerned with Rorschach administration and scoring. There will be several
options but we ask that you commit to one regular session. If for some reason you cant
make that weeks hour, you may attend one of the other times. Further, if you are
confused, you are free to attend a second hour to clarify your ideas or ask questions.

Projective Assessment

Assignment 1: (15% of grade)

Administer a complete TAT or CAT protocol (10 cards) to a child, adolescent or adult volunteer.
** Include relevant background information and relevant behavioral observation. Following this
1-2 page description, provide an analysis and interpretation of six (6) of the ten stories elicited.
In this section you will list the TAT card number and provide a brief description of the card
stimulus, followed by the story the subject offered (indent as you would a quotation). At the end
of the six interpretations, a summary should be provided that highlights the most prominent
themes. Provide also an analysis of any contextual factors (i.e. interactive influences between
self and other) and a self-critique of your administration.

Assignment 2 (20% of Grade)

A protocol with test responses will be provided using projective tests we have covered to this
point. Select the information you find most pertinent and
1) Write interpretations for each of the provided tests.
2) Write a 2-3 page integrated conceptual assessment of the individual based on the data
available from all tests administered. This assessment should include comments on a broad
range of factors and characteristics that effectively describe this clients psychological
functioning( e.g. perception of self, relationship with authority figures, interpersonal relations,
style of adaptation including a description of issues that elicit defensive responses and a
description of the observed defense adaptations, etc.)


Assignment 1 (15% of Grade)

Administer a Rorschach protocol to an adolescent or adult volunteer. Transcribe the protocol and
provide self-critique of your administration. Also, you will be given a structural summary to
interpret. This first interpretation will be qualitative.

Assignment 2 (20% of Grade)

Provide a structural summary and interpret a Rorschach protocol. The protocol will be provided
to you. Please put the criteria used for interpretation in parentheses after each interpretation.

Final Integrative (30% of grade)

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Interpret a battery of projective tests and integrate it into a cohesive conceptualization.
Also provide a transcribed protocol of a battery of projective tests on a volunteer
(drawings, sentence completion, TAT/CAT/RAT, Rorschach)

**Selection of Volunteers:
In order to ensure ethical practice, anyone you select as a volunteer to be tested must be someone
with whom you do not have a prior relationship. It is Important to take precautions against
testing someone whom you may have casual contact through a mutual acquaintance. Feedback
may include clinical observations of the person tested. It is not appropriate for me to comment
on the psychological adjustment of someone with whom you have an indirect relationship. Also,
under no circumstances should you provide any feedback to your volunteer. This should be
clearly stated before testing and the subject or the subjects parent should provide informed
consent for participation. If you do have questions about the suitability of any given volunteer,
please feel free to speak with me. Also, please take necessary precautions to disguised the
identity and protect the confidentiality of your volunteer.

Other Expectations:
1) We are covering a great deal of material in one semester and therefore attendance at all classes
is expected. Any student who misses more than two classes will not receive a passing grade for
the course or will be given permission to withdraw from the course. All absences or partial
absences must be discussed with the instructor at the earliest possible time.

2) Students are expected to participate actively and consistently in their learning through
thoughtful questions and commentary.

3) All assignments must be submitted to the instructor by the beginning of class time on the date
the projects are due. Unless previously arranged or due to emergent circumstances, failure to
submit a project by the beginning of class will receive a half a grade deduction. Any project not
submitted by the end of the day on Thursday (4:30 p.m.) will receive no credit.

4) All assignments are to be done independently and without consultation with other class
members. If you have questions about an assignment, research the matter carefully and then
consul with either the instructor or the T.A.

5) Weekly T.A. sessions are a required part of the course. As part of the course, you must pass a
competency in Rorschach scoring and administration. This competency will largely be
determined by the T.A. with oversight from the instructor.

6) There will be two syllabi: this one and one created by the T.A.s for the T.A. sections. You
are responsible for assignments on both syllabi. The assignments will not be cross listed.

7) There is a considerable amount of work in this course. It is my experience and the experience
of the other projective instructors that students are capable of tremendous growth during the 15

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weeks in this course. We respect your intellect and wish to rise to your level of competence by
challenging you to become highly proficient by the end of the term.


Week Topic Reading Assignment

1 - 1/13/09 Intro to Projective Testing and None You will need to read
Rorschach. the Exner book: The
What you gain with Rorschach: A
projectives. comprehensive
Dynamics and Administration system during the
of Testing/ Intro to the Tests term. Do not read it
Projective Testing and to memorize content
Psychodynamic Theory but to get the idea of
Sources of information-what how one goes about
do different psychological interpreting. You
tests provide may want to skim
interpretation sections
prior to the last part
of the course and then
read them more in
depth at that time.

2 - 1/20/09 Rorschach Scoring E1- Part 1 Administration and

scoring sections 1-8 (PAGES 1-

3 - 1/27/09 Conceptualization and Schafer, R. (1982) Thematic

psychological assessment- Analysis. In Psychoanalytic
why do we need personality interpretation in Rorschach
assessment (treatment, testing. (pp. 114-139). Boston:
recommendations Allyn & Bacon.
Overview of TAT, CAT
Case Conceptualization- GM- chapter 1 Introduction (1-
overview 36)

4 - 2/3/09 Overview of Rorschach BA- chapter 1. Theoretical

TAT/CAT Interpretation Foundations for Projective
Overview of Defenses in Testing
Projective Testing. BA chapter 2. The Clinical Use
Continue with case of the TAT
GM- chapter 10 (Rorschach)

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Hibbard, S., Tang, C.Y.P., Bolz,
S., & Somerville, A. (2000).
Differential validity of the
Defense mechanism manual for
the TAT between Asian
Americans and Whites. Journal
of Personality Assessment, 75(3),

Recommended: Article-
psychodynamic case formulation

McWilliams, N- Psychoanalytic
Case Conceptualization

Shapiro, D. Neurotic Styles

5 - 2/10/09 TAT (cont.) Interpretation. BA-Chapter 4 Interpretation of

Meaning in TAT. Story the TAT
Practice Interpretation. GM-Chapter 11 (pp. 477-516)
Core Concepts in Rorschach The Thematic Apperception Test.
Intepretation and
administration-movement, Cramer, P. (1999). Future
color, shading directions for the Thematic
Apperception Test. Journal
of Personality Assessment, 72(1),


Recommended: R-Rappaport,
Gill and Schafer, chap. 10. The
Thematic Apperception Test

6 - 2/17/09 Core Concepts in Rorschach Lerner, P.M. (1991). Major

Interpretation (continued) scores: The dimensions of the
( reality testing, defenses, Rorschach. In
Literature on Rorschach Psychoanalytic Theory and the
interpretation Rorschach (pp.67-93). Hillsdale,
Core section (EB, ea, eb, es, NJ: Analytic Press.
D, Adj. D,
Garb, H., Lilienfield, S., Wood,

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J., & Nezworski, M.T. (2002).
Effective use of projective
techniques in clinical practice: let
the data help with selection and
interpretation. Professional
Psychology, Research and
Practice, 33(5), 454-463.

7 - 2/24/08 Diagnostic Issues, Cultural Dana TBA

issues. TEMAS, CAT
Interpretation of Rorschach Haworth, M. R. (1986).
Protocols (cookbook) Childrens Apperception Test. In
A. I. Rabin (Ed.), Projective
techniques for adolescents and
children (pp. 37-72). New York:

Dana, R. H. (1993). Assessment I:

An emic perspective. In
Multicultural assessment
perspectives for professional
psychology (pp. 141-166).
Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Dana, R.H. (1998). Projective

assessment of Latinos in the
United States: current
realities, problems and prospects.
Cultural Diversity and Mental
Health, 4(3),165-184.

Barbopoulos, A., Fisharah, F.,

Clark, J., & Khatib, A. (2002).
Comparison of Egyptian and
Canadian children on a picture
apperception test. Cultural
Diversity and Ethnic Minority
Psychology, 8(4), 395-403.

Reserve- Costantino, G. and
Malgady, R (2000). Multicultural
and Cross-Cultural Utility of the
TEMAS Test. In I. Weiner (Ed).
Handbook of Cross-Cultural and
Multicultural Personality

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Assessment. pp.481-513

Chapter 10 . Borderline and

Narcissistic Disorders in the TAT,

8 - 3/3/09 Rorschach- Structural GM- Chapter 10 (407-476)

Summary-technique and E2-TBA
Constellations Weiner, I, B. (2001). Advancing
the science of psychological
assessment: the Rorschach
Inkblot Method as exemplar.
Psychological Assessment, 13(4),

9 - 3/10/08 Projective Drawings Online- Handler, L. and

Review Rorschach to this Hebenicht, D. (1994). The Kinetic
point Family Drawing Technique: A
review of the literature. Journal of
Personality Assessment, 440-464

Reserve-Buck, J. Chapter 6 in H-
T-P Technique Handouts

Recommended: Smith, D. &

Dumont, F. (1995). A cautionary
study: Unwarranted
interpretations of the Draw-A-
Person test. Professional
Psychology: Research and
Practice, 26, 298-303.

Paul, TBA

10 - Continuation of Projective Groth-Marnatt, G. (1990). The

3/17/08 Drawings, Bender-Visual Motor Gestalt Test.
Bender-Gestalt, WAIS as a In Handbook of Psychological
projective (?), Assessment. pp. 155-178
Integrating Projective Data-
cases R- Buck, Chapter 7. Illustrative

Smith, D. & Dumont, F. (1995). A

cautionary study: Unwarranted

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interpretations of the Draw A
Person test. Professional
Psychology, Research and
Practice, 26, 298-303.

Vass, Z. (1998). The inner formal

structure of the H-T-P drawings:
An exploratory study. Journal of
Clinical Psychology, 54(5), 611-

Holaday, M., Smith, D.A., &

Sherry, A. (2000). Sentence
completion tests:A review of the
literature and results of a survey
of members of the society for
personality assessment. Journal
of Personality Assessment, 74(3),

11- Review Assignment Reserve-Rappaport, Gill and Rorschach

3/24/08 Practice In integative Schafer. Chapter 11 Diagnosing Assignment #2 Due
interpretation. with Battery of Tests

12 - Return to conceptualization Ephraim, D. (2000). Culturally Come prepared to

3/31/08 Meaningful data or tea Relevant Research and Practice discuss research and
leaves? with the Rorschach concern about
Empirical Arguments for and Comprehensive System. In I. projective
Against Projective Techniques Weiner (Ed). Handbook of Cross- techniques-
Structured class discussion Cultural and Multicultural individual
Personality Assessment. assignments?

Wood et al Whats wrong with

the Rorschach

Earlier relevant readings will also

be discussed

13 - 4/7/08 Discussion of relevance of Reserve: Beutler and Groth- Final Due

TAT, Drawings, other marnat (2003). Chapter 9
techniques (Rorschach) and 11 (Integrative
Integration of Projective Data Personality Assessment with
with other sources of Older Adults and Ethnic Minority
assessment data Clients)
Beutler and Groth-Marnat
Chapter 12

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Groth Marnat- Chapter 14,15

14 - Return to Conceptualization
4/14/08 and the Power of


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