An Interesting “New” Tool for Clinical Assessment: The Wartegg Drawing Completion Test (WDCT)

Topic Overview

This luncheon will focus on the Crisi Wartegg System (CWS), a methodology for the clinical use of the Wartegg Drawing Completion Test (WDCT). The WDCT, created in 1926 by the German psychologist Ehrig Wartegg (1897-1983), is a projective drawing technique that can be completed in 5-10 minutes and is appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults. The WDCT consists of eight boxes, labeled 1 to 8, displayed in two parallel rows, with each row consisting of four boxes. Each box is delineated by a thick black margin and contains a different graphic stimulus or “mark.” The client is invited to complete each panel by making a meaningful drawing that incorporates the mark in that panel. The resulting drawings can be rigorously scored and interpreted according to a system developed by the workshop presenter, Dr. Crisi. A recent meta-analysis (Gronnerod & Gronnerod, 2012) attests to its validity in assessing personality and psychopathology. It was also recently recognized as a valid performance-based personality test that can be used for certification in Therapeutic Assessment. Psychologists in Italy, Japan, Scandinavia, and South America frequently use it in psychological assessments. It is also a selection tool of the Italian armed forces. In this luncheon, Dr. Alessandro Crisi will discuss the WDCT and demonstrate the utility of the CWS in a case presentation and show several clinical cases.

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Alessandro Crisi, Psy.D., SPA Fellow, member of the International Society of Rorschach and of the Scientific Committee for the International Rorschach Congresses of Tokyo (2014) and Geneva (2021), is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist in Rome, Italy. He is the founder and president of the Italian Institute of Wartegg, and has taught at the University of Denver (2016, 2018) and the Universidad de Mexico, Monterrey (2019). For 20 years, Dr. Crisi has been an adjunct professor at Sapienza University of Rome. He is a consultant to the Rome Institute of Speech Therapy and to the criminal and civil courts in Rome. He also served on the executive committee of the Italian Association for Forensic Psychology (AIPG). Dr. Crisi is the author of numerous publications on clinical assessment and psychodiagnosis. He frequently presents around the world on psychological assessment and the CWS. Recently (2018), Dr. Crisi and Dr. Jacob Palm published The Crisi Wartegg System (CWS): Manual for Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation.

Tentative Schedule

11:15-11:30 Wartegg test administration for those who would like to take the test (optional)

11:30-12 Registration and Lunch (provided by CAS)

12-1 Presentation by Dr. Crisi


 Ammi Hyde Building, Room TBD, 2450 South Vine Street, Denver CO