The Autumn Seminars of The Finnish Rorschach Association

October 21 & 22, 2022, Helsinki, Finland

“Introduction to the Comprehensive System Revised (CS-R): Theory & Practice”
“Introduction to the CHESSSS 2 Rorschach Coding Program”

Patrick Fontan, Ph.D.
School Psychologist, Cachan, France
President of the International Rorschach Institute

Time: Friday, October 21, 2022, from 9:45 to 17:00
Saturday, October 22, 2022, from 9:00 to 16:15
Place: Suojeluskuntatalon Auditorio, Töölöntorinkatu 2 B, First Floor, 00260 Helsinki, Finland

FRA members: 220 € for both days, 140 € for one day.
Non-FRA members: 380 € for both days, 230 € for one day.
All fees are VAT 0% and no VAT is added to the fee.
Registration: Registration is open to members of The Finnish Rorschach Association, the Danish Rorschach Society, the Swedish Rorschach Society, The Norwegian Rorschach Society, the Therapeutic Assessment Institute community and the Society for Personality Assessment. Please send an e-mail to our treasurer, Joona Suominen, by October 14, 2022. E-mail: After registration, you will receive an invoice including a reference number for payment.

This workshop aims to introduce the Comprehensive System Revised (CS-R) and CHESSSS 2. The first day of the workshop focuses on theoretical issues. The historical and scientific context which led to the development of the CS-R will be briefly outlined as well as issues related to dimensional approaches, evidence base, factor analysis, and Rorschach norms. The changes introduced in administration, scoring, calculations and interpretation guidelines will then be presented with a special emphasis on CS-R interpretation, the semiological approach, the new 5 phase model, the validity and key features clusters, the normative approach, and the norm simulation technique. The second day of the workshop is dedicated to practice, with scoring sessions and training in the use of the computer program CHESSSS 2. The study of a clinical case will conclude the sessions.

PROGRAM October 21: A Revision for the Comprehensive System

– Understand the scientific context leading to the revision of the CS, as related to fundamental test development issues (evidence base, factor analysis, norms, diagnoses)
– Gain familiarity with Administration and Scoring revisions
– Gain familiarity with Interpretation guidelines revisions
– Understand the CS-R normative approach
– Learn how to organize test data
9:45 to 10:00: Coffee and opening words
10:00 to 11:30:
– Presentations, Context, creation of the International Rorschach Institute, partnership with Rorschach Workshops
– A well needed revision : Evidence Base, Factor Analysis, Norms, & CS indices and constellations
11:30 to 12:30: Lunch Break
12:30 to 14:00
– Revision to Administration and scoring guidelines
– Calculations
– Adjusted Indices
14:00 to 14:15: Coffee Break
14:15 to 15:45:
– Interpretation, general framework, Criterion vs. Norm Referenced Test, Semiological &
Normative approaches
– 5 phases of interpretation
– Validity & Key Features Clusters
15:45 to 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00 to 17:00:
– Clinical Interpretive process of clusters interpretation
– Normative comparisons & Norm Simulation technique
18:30: Dinner at Restaurant Elite (optional and at one’s own expense): confirmations of
attendance to by October 14, 2022

PROGRAM October 22: Coding Practice, CHESSSS 2 and Clinical Illustration

– Learn how to score the CS-R reliably
– Learn how to use CHESSSS 2
– Familiarize with the CS-R interpretation practice
9:00 to 10:30:
– Scoring Practice
10:30 to 10:45: Coffee Break
10:45 to 11:45:
– CHESSSS-2 introduction and differences from the CHESSSS-1
– CHESSSS-2 user’s guide
12:00 to 13:00: FRA General Assembly (FRA members only)
13:00 to 14:00: Lunch Break
14:00 to 15:00:
– Integration of CHESSS-2 data toward clinical formulation, diagnoses, report writing, and
treatment planning.
15:00 to 15:15: Coffee Break
15:15 to 16:15:
– Clinical illustration
– Final discussion

Patrick Fontan, Ph.D. is an educational psychologist and licenced primary school teacher. He was a founding member of the Comprehensive System International Rorschach Association (CSIRA). Dr. Fontan created the open-source software CHESSSS and defended his dissertation on the psychometric approach to the Rorschach. He taught clinical psychology at the Universities of Paris West Nanterre and Reims Champagne Ardennes. He worked as a clinical psychologist at the child psychiatric hospital La Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris. Dr. Fontan published several papers on the Rorschach test as well as a group of papers on the psychological assessment of children. He is a member of the Rorschachiana editorial board and is currently President of the International Rorschach Institute, of which he is also the main founder.