R-PAS Workshop Day 1 (9/13)

The Colorado Assessment Society (CAS) is excited to invite you to two workshops on the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) on September 13th and 14th. You may register for one or both workshops. 

Day 1: The Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS): Overview and Case Illustration

Presented by Gregory J. Meyer, Ph.D.  

September 13, 2019

8:30AM – 5:30PM

University of Denver

Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall 128


If you plan on attending both days, make sure you register and pay for both workshops. 

The Presenter

Gregory J. Meyer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toledo, where he has been since 2003. Before this, he was at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was the director of the inpatient and outpatient Psychological Assessment Service. He was the Editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment from 2002 to 2013. His research focuses on psychological assessment, with an emphasis on the integration of personality assessment methods. Much of his work has addressed performance-based measures of psychological processes, most notably with the Rorschach. With more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, he has made many contributions to the published literature in this area, as well as in psychometrics and assessment more generally. He regularly provides invited lectures and trainings internationally. On four occasions, the Society for Personality Assessment recognized him with Distinguished Contribution Awards for articles in the published literature. He also received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Assessment Psychology by the Assessment Section of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association, Section IX, Division 12). He is a Fellow of Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics) of the American Psychological Association and of the Society for Personality Assessment. In addition to co-authoring the manual for the Rorschach Performance Assessment System, he co-edited a casebook entitled Using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS).

Training and Topic Overview

This workshop introduces the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS), which is an approach to using the Rorschach based both on strong empirical support and on an appreciation of the task as providing an in vivo sample of perceptual and verbal problem-solving behavior obtained in a standardized context. The task engages multiple psychological operations and provides personality inferences based on observed performance rather than self-description, which in turn allows valid scores to provide relevant information that complements and increments over self-report. R-PAS emphasizes scores that clearly link the psychological processes associated with the perceptions and behaviors coded in the microcosm of the task to inferences about parallel psychological processes associated with the perceptions and behaviors that make up personality characteristics expressed in everyday behavior. The workshop starts by briefly reviewing the scientific rationale and procedures for R-PAS, and then addresses administration, coding, variable calculation, normative referencing, results output, and interpretive inferences. As time allows, attendees will learn about the large array of free training resources available to R-PAS account holders. The day closes by illustrating the practical features of R- PAS as applied to a clinical case. Although, the workshop is largely didactic, time allows for questions, comments, and discussion over the course of the day. This workshop focuses on the applied use of R-PAS, with the aim of being helpful for practitioners, instructors, and researchers. Attendees should have some familiarity with Rorschach-based assessment and should read the first three chapters of the R-PAS Manual before attending the training (Meyer, Viglione, Mihura, Erard, & Erdberg. 2011). Participants are strongly encouraged to bring the Manual to the workshop because familiarity with how to use it facilitates administration and interpretation.

Skill Level of Participants

Intermediate; attendees should be familiar with Rorschach-based assessment and should read the first three chapters of the R-PAS Manual before attending (Meyer, Viglione, Mihura, Erard, & Erdberg, 2011).

Goals and Objectives

  1. Describe the empirical and conceptual foundation for variables in R-PAS.
Summarize the value of “performance assessment” as a foundation for clinical interpretation.
  3. Explain why new normative standards improve clinical inferences.
  4. Implement standardized administration to optimize the length of Rorschach protocols.
  5. Apply R-PAS interpretive procedures and guidelines to a case.

Continuing Education

This workshop qualifies for 7.5 hours of CE credits for psychologists pending SPA approval. This program is co-sponsored by SPA. SPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. CE credits will be available for an additional $15 (see registration and payment form below).

Tentative Workshop Schedule

(15 minute breaks at 10:30am and 3:00pm)

8:30-9:30 am        Why the Rorschach and Why R-PAS?

9:30-10:30am       Administration

10:45-12:00pm     Coding

12:00- 1:00pm      Lunch (Provided by CAS)

1:00- 2:00 pm       Protocol Level Scores, Establishing Normative Benchmarks

2:00-3:00pm        Scoring program, Profile Pages, and Interpretive Framework

3:15-5:30 pm         Case Interpretation



Due to the popularity of this workshop, the location of the workshop has been changed to the following:

University of Denver

Sturm Hall 128, Lindsay Auditorium

2000 E. Asbury Ave,

Denver, CO 80208

***Location of Sturm Hall is at the red graduation cap***

Parking: Paid parking is available in either lot 317 (by the tennis courts on Asbury Ave near High St) or lot 321 (near Evans and Gaylord St). There is construction at DU so please allow plenty of time to navigate the parking. Here is a photo showing the locations of lots 317 & 321. 

Special Accommodations

GSPP is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. Please feel free to notify the committee if any additional accommodations are needed or if you have any dietary restrictions.

 2000 E. Asbury Ave, Denver CO 80208