Projective Personality Assessment

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Kiel, PP 7372

Argosy University

American School of Professional Psychology/Chicago Campus

Projective Personality Assessment PP 7372

Spring 2009

Wednesdays 6:00pm-8:45pm

Mark Kiel, Psy.D., C.G.P

Office phone number: (312) 777-7671 Office Hours: M-Th*

E-mail: (also avail by phone)

*Please call to schedule an appointment



Kate Balestrieri

Phone Number: (312) 804-1434*

*Available between 8:00am and 10:00pm.


This course offers a comprehensive introduction to projective personality testing in the field of professional psychology. While students will be exposed to actual testing materials, administration guidelines, and interpretive strategies, this course does not provide the ability or qualifications to independently obtain or use the instruments covered. The in-vivo utilization of certain projective tests with non-clinical volunteers for projects in this course is designed to increase awareness of projective testing as a clinically useful assessment approach. Consequently, students will gain a deeper understanding of the nature and utility of projective testing in professional practice. To this end, the lecture subject matter, reading material, discussion topics, and project assignments offer students the opportunity to:

  • Understand the concept of the “projective hypothesis” as the fundamental construct underlying projective personality testing.

  • Gain a working knowledge of the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Children’s Apperception Test (CAT), Tell Me a Story (TEMAS), Draw-A-Person (DAP), Draw-A-Person-of-the-Opposite-Sex (DAPOS), Draw-A-Person-in-the-Rain (DAPIR), Draw-A-Tree (DAT), Draw-A-House (DAH), Kinetic-Family-Drawing (KFD), Incomplete Sentence forms, and the Rorschach Inkblot Test.

  • To gain proficiency at scoring the Rorschach using the Exner Comprehensive system.

  • Appreciate the strategies psychologists use to interpret the results of projective personality tests and thereby gain a deeper understanding of personality functioning as well as symptom development and maintenance for a wide variety of clinical populations.

  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses including the cultural-specific limitations of projective testing instruments and thereby increase clinical sophistication in referring individuals for testing and in reading psychological reports.

  • Develop listening skills that attend to and accurately decipher manifest content, latent content, and interactive influences between self and other.

  • Integrate data from multiple sources (e.g., background information, clinical observations, projective test results) into accurate, concise, well-written, and meaningful reports in a manner deeply respectful to issues of diversity and difference.

  • To appreciate the strategies used to interpret the results of projective personality tests and thereby gain a deeper understanding of personality functioning as well as symptom development and maintenance.  These strategies include analysis of theme, intra-psychic and interpersonal needs, and preoccupations and defensive styles.

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