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Leonard (Len) Handler

Leonard (Len) Handler

Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University, 1964


Current Positions

Psychologist in Private Practice


How did you become interested in Personality Assessment?

I first became interested in personality assessment at Brooklyn College, as an undergraduate. The professor illustrated how it is possible to use the Wechsler Intelligence data to make personality interpretations, and I was introduced to the Rorschach early in my graduate training.

Tell us about your current job. We are interested in hearing about the different things that people do who work in the area of personality assessment.

Right now I am in the process of writing a book about figure drawings.

What are the most memorable aspects of your time as SPA President?

One of the most memorable aspects began when I was called one day and was informed that I was to be given the Bruno Klopfer award. I sat down and could hardly manage to talk. I was delighted to note just how well the officers cooperated with each other and the excellent results this produced. As a funny sideline I remember conducting auctions out loud, not silent ones, but like they were done in Tennessee. It produced lots of money for SPA. I was pleased, also, by the flexibility of the committee to respond to the lack of applied material, compared with the opposite material in the JPA, as members saw it, and the rapid response of the committee to add more applied material.

Tell us how you initially learned about and joined SPA.

I was introduced to the SPA by Earl Taulbee when I came to his VA hospital to present some material.

As we look forward to SPA's 100th anniversary in 2038, what do you think is important in order for the field of personality assessment to thrive and to benefit others?

2038? That's a very long way off and it's hard to project that far in advance, but I hope that the use of Therapeutic Assessment and related material. We have come a long way to continue with TA and many clinicians have added information to improve the approach. Good committee work, using good judgment has taken us in good directions, and I hope we can continue in a similar direction. I miss the experience as a board member, and will remember it always.

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How Therapeutic Assessment Works: Theory and Techniques - Presented by Stephen E. Finn, PhD. In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Finn, the main developer of Therapeutic Assessment, will explain the techniques of TA and how they relate to TA’s underlying theory of client change. This session is particularly suited to those who are new to TA, including graduate students, or who wish to deepen their understanding of its therapeutic mechanisms.

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