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Rorschach Assessment in Forensic Practice with Irving B. Weiner, PhD, ABPP

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

CE Credits: 1.75

This lecture addresses the nature of the Rorschach Inkblot Method as a relatively unstructured performance-based personality assessment measure that can facilitate decision-making in forensic cases by providing information that might not otherwise become available and by being relatively resistant to impression management. The presentation identifies specific applications of Rorschach findings in criminal, personal injury, and child custody cases. The lecture additionally elaborates guidelines for effective presentation and defense of Rorschach testimony, including a review of the well-documented psychometric soundness of Rorschach assessment, the typical admissibility of Rorschach findings into evidence, and the Rorschach’s customary welcome presence in the courtroom.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Participants will gain familiarity with the forensic relevance of Rorschach findings in the adjudication of criminal, personal injury, and child custody cases

Participants will gain familiarity with effective ways of presenting and defending Rorschach-based testimony in the courtroom

Participants will gain familiarity with the demonstrated admissibility of Rorschach findings into evidence, in accord with both Frye and Daubert standards

Irving B. Weiner is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences (retired) at the University of South Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Psychological Science and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. He has served as President of APA Divisions 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology) and 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods) and has published books on psychodiagnosis, psychotherapy, psychopathology, child and adolescent development, and forensic psychology.


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