Using the Rorschach and Projective Methods in Therapeutic Assessment
November 22 & 23, 2019, Tampere, Finland
Therapeutic Assessment (TA, Finn, 2007) is a brief psychological intervention based on the use of tests. One of the most important goals of TA is to help clients transform their narratives from overgeneralized, rigid and not contextualized, to versions that are more sensitive to the influences of the environment. Clients’ stories can change when clients are cognitively and emotionally supported in taking into account the discrepancies between how they learned to perceive and make sense of themselves and the world in the past, and a new understanding that is co-created with the
clinician during the TA process. The clinician, by actively using the information from the testing during the TA process, has the opportunity to help clients revise their pre-existing narratives, integrating in a more accurate and consistent manner new elements of the past and present reality.
Day 1 will illustrate the theoretical background that helps clinicians conceptualize cases and the technique of the Extended Inquiry (EI). The EI is a semi-structured collaborative discussion with clients on the experience and on the contents of the testing immediately after these are administered according to standardized guidelines. Participants will learn the theory of the EI technique, and will observe it in practice through two clinical cases.
Day 2 will introduce the Intervention Session (IS). The IS is based on a comprehensive case conceptualization of the client’s struggles based on the formal testing. It aims at providing clients the opportunity to discover and possibly start healing crucial elements of their psychological difficulties. The IS is based on the use of psychological testing intended as basis for a psychological intervention. Participants will learn to plan an IS and will observe it in practice through two clinical cases. Finally, participants will observe the Summary and Discussion Session of a case with a
particular emphasis on the use of the Rorschach.