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Presidential Address, March 21, 2013: Developing “Smart Apps” for the Personality Assessment of the Future, Radhika Krishnamurthy, PsyD, President, SPA Board of Trustees Bruno Klopfer Award Address, March 21, 2013, Robert R. McRae, Ph.D. Hertz Memorial in memory of Paul Lerner, March 22, 2013
Master Lecture I: Bridging the Science-Practice Schism: Making Personality Diagnosis Clinically Meaningful, Friday, March 22, 2013, Jonathan Shedler, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
There is a schism between science and practice in understanding and assessing personality. Research-based approaches often strike clinical practitioners as clinically naive and of dubious clinical relevance. Approaches derived from clinical observation and theory often strike empirical researchers as unscientific speculation. In this lecture, Dr. Shedler will discuss strengths and limitations of the clinical and empirical traditions in personality assessment, and describe an approach to personality designed to marry the best features of both traditions and bridge the science–practice divide. Dr. Shedler will describe the Shedler–Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP; Shedler & Westen, 2007, 2010; Westen & Shedler, 1999a, 1999b; Westen, Shedler, Bradley, DeFife, 2012), an empirically rigorous diagnostic method that preserves the richness and complexity of clinical case description. He will also describe a new taxonomy of personality patterns and disorders is both empirically grounded and clinically relevant.
Master Lecture II: Exploration of Brain Functions Using Rorschach: Response Generation Mechanisms and Individual Differences in Determinant Variables, Friday, March 22, 201, Koji Jimura, PhD, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan The current lecture provides recent scientific findings about the relationships between human brain functions and psychological assessments based on Rorschach test. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a non-invasive method that allows us to explore functional-anatomic mappings of the brain. By applying the Rorschach test to fMRI, we have examined brain mechanisms involved during Rorschach assessment administration. Additionally, we examined how the interpretations of the determinant variables in Comprehensive System extend our understanding of brain functions during performance social and cognitive tasks.
Presidential Address, March 15, 2012: The Dharma of Good Personality Assessment Work, Radhika Krishnamurthy, Psy.D., President, SPA Board of Trustees
Hertz Memorial in memory of Anne Anastasia, March 15, 2012
Bruno Klopfer Award Address, March 16, 2012, David Shapiro, Ph.D.
Master Lecture I: Beyond Traits: Personality Differences as Intersubjective Themes, Friday, March 16, 2012, Nancy McWilliams, PhD, Rutgers University, New Jersey
This address will consider the limitations of efforts to construe personality types and characteristics exclusively in terms of traits that are defined either as present-versus-absent categorical phenomena or as bipolar (high-versus-low) dimensional phenomena. Relevant empirical and clinical work will be reviewed in this context. While trait models have contributed greatly to our understanding of individuality, it will be argued that they are insufficient to capture some clinically significant aspects of personality organization and overall personality differences.
Master Lecture II: Trait Diagnosis of Personality Disorder: Domains or Facets? Friday, March 16, 2012, Lee Anna Clark, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
The session will address (1) relations between the current DSM-5 proposal for Personality Disorder diagnosis and meta-analytic results relating the Five-Factor Model personality trait domains and facets to the DSM-IV Personality Disorders; (2) an empirical analysis of maladaptive personality trait patterns in a large heterogeneous data in relation to DSM-IV Personality Disorder diagnoses; and (3) the strong commonalties of these four perspectives— DSM-IV, DSM-5, normal-range, and maladaptive-range personality traits—at the trait domain level.
Presidential Address, March 10, 2011: The Proficient Personality Assessor, Robert E. Erard, PhD, President, SPA Board of Trustees
Master Lecture I: Assessment of Pretend Play: Why it is Important
Friday, March 11, 2011, Sandra Russ, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
This session will provide an overview of definitions of pretend play; key cognitive and affective processes in pretend play; and correlates of pretend play in child development. The Affect in Play Scale (APS) and its’ various versions will be presented. A video will be shown to provide examples. Psychometric properties of the measure will be discussed. Research supporting the validity of the APS will be presented. The role of pretend play assessment in treatment planning and evaluation of treatment effectiveness will be discussed.
Master Lecture II: Adolescent Assessment: Are We Good Enough? Friday, March 11, 2011, Nancy Kaser-Boyd, PhD, Keck School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
This lecture will orient the audience to the statistics on juvenile crime and important current topics such as juveniles and sentences of life without parole. It will highlight the importance of competent psychological assessment of juveniles. Standards for psycho-legal evaluations of juveniles will be presented on topics such as understanding Miranda Warnings, false confessions and suggestibility, competence to stand trial, maturity, and waivers to adult court. Court cases pertinent to these topics will be reviewed with a focus on legal standards. Designing test batteries to assess focused issues such as competence or maturity will be presented. Suggestions for future development of assessment methods will be made.
Presidential Address, March 25, 2010: How to Cook without a Book (and how not to), Robert E. Erard, PhD, President, SPA Board of Trustees
Master Lecture I, March 25, 2010: The Assessment of Trauma-Related Symptomatology, John N. Briere, PhD, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
The presenter will describe the increasing role of trauma-specific psychological tests in the identification and treatment of those exposed to overwhelmingly negative life events. Specific tests will be suggested for the major domains of trauma-related symptomatology. Finally, the presenter will introduce the upcoming new edition of the Trauma Symptom Inventory (the TSI-2), which has undergone significant revision, added subscales, and a new approach to negative bias assessment.
Master Lecture II, March 26, 2010: Giving Personality Assessment Away, S. Philip Erdberg, PhD, Corte Madera, CA
This master lecture suggests that assessment psychologists can share their expertise with professionals in a variety of human service occupations by teaching them to do assessment and then to utilize ongoing consultation. Two examples – one from law enforcement and one from school psychology – illustrate this approach. The lecture then discusses administrative and ethical issues surrounding this approach.
Master Lecture I, March 5, 2009: Detecting Malingering on Personality Tests: Impossible Dream or Glorious Quest
John R. Graham, Ph.D., Kent State University, Kent, OH
This presentation will inform attendees of important issues involved in trying to detect malingering on personality tests, using the MMPI as an example.
Master Lecture II, March 6, 2009: Five-Factor Model Assessment of Personality Disorder
Thomas A. Widiger, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
This session will describe how personality disorders would be assessed by the five-factor model of general personality structure. A four-step procedure for the diagnosis of personality disorder will be presented. Issues and concerns with respect to the five-factor model as an alternative to the DSM-IV personality disorder nomenclature will be discussed.
Master Lecture I, March 27, 2008: Heisenberg, Kandinsky, and the Heteromethod Convergence Problem: Lessons from Within and Beyond Psychology
Robert F. Bornstein, Ph.D., Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
This session explores common themes and challenges in 20th century psychology, physics, and art, with the goal of understanding how these themes and challenges provide a framework for interpreting personality test results. We begin with a discussion of Heisenberg’s Observer Effect, Kandinsky’s perspective on nonrepresentation art, and Rorschach’s classic Psychodiagnostik, noting overlapping assumptions and implications of these three phenomena. With this material as context we explore in detail the psychological processes that occur as patients complete self-report and free-response personality tests, using research in this area—and parallel writings in physics and art—to describe a process based model of test score integration.
Master Lecture II, March 28, 2008: “The five things you learn about assessment when you go to heaven”
Gary Groth-Marnat, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA
This one-hour presentation will focus on the future of personality assessment by highlighting five crucial future goals of assessment. These include new trends in report writing, optimizing assessment and treatment planning, visions of a revised Rorschach, how acturial predictions can reach prime time, and high tech future assessment. A case will be used to illustrate how the above trends can be incorporated into an assessment.
Master Lecture I, March 9, 2007: in memory of John E. Exner, Ph.D.
Roads to Enriching Rorschach Theory, Research, and Practice
Irving B. Weiner, Ph.D., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Master Lecture II, March 9, 2007: in memory of Paul M. Lerner, Ed.D.
A Boston Yankee: Paul M. Lerner and the “Heart” of Assessment
Bruce L. Smith, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, CA
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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.