Dr. James Kleiger Workshops

  Assessing Psychosis & Rorschach Assessment (Discounted Registration for BOTH workshops)  $300.00
  Assessing Psychosis: A Clinician’s Guide  $175.00
  Rorschach Assessment of Psychotic Phenomena  $175.00
Assessing Psychosis:  A Clinician’s Guide
, May 13, 2017                 
9:00am - 5:00pm, 7 CE credit hours

Rorschach Assessment of Psychotic Phenomena
Sunday, May 14, 2017                 
9:00am - 5:00pm, 7 CE credit hours

Alliant International University ~ San Diego

10455 Pomerado Rd.
San Diego, CA 92131


Assessing Psychosis:  A Clinician’s Guide
Presenter: James Kleiger, Psy.D., ABPP, ABAP

Dr. Kleiger presents a practical framework for using clinical interview techniques, rating scales, and psychological testing methods to understand and diagnose psychotic conditions.  The presenter provides up-to-date information about the dimensions and continuum of psychotic experience and reviews assessment approaches that help identify symptom dimensions and levels of severity.  Dr. Kleiger makes diagnostic concepts come to life by using multiple clinical examples, which are included throughout the workshop.

Goals & Objectives:
1.    Describe the distinction between categorical and dimensional approaches to diagnosing Psychosis
2.    Explain the best method for assessing hallucinations and delusions
3.    Discuss an integrated model of thought disorder
4.    Describe assessment methods/techniques appropriate for use with children
Rorschach Assessment of Psychotic Phenomena
Presenter: James Kleiger, Psy.D., ABPP, ABAP

Dr. Kleiger provides an up-to-date review of the uses of the Rorschach in assessing and understanding psychotic phenomena, such as disordered and illogical thinking, impaired reality testing, and negative symptoms.  After reviewing the work of leading Rorschach researchers and practitioners, including contemporary contributions from R-PAS, Dr. Kleiger presents a model for scoring and conceptualizing disturbed Rorschach responses in terms of level of disorganization, illogicality, or impoverishment, as well as the patient’s degree of awareness, or insight, into the presence of disturbed responses in their record.  The afternoon session highlights the Rorschach’s role in differential diagnosis of psychotic phenomena in a manner consistent with current diagnostic standards (DSM-5), including the assessment of psychotic symptoms in children and adolescents.  Special attention is also paid to the issue of malingered psychosis and the Rorschach.  

Goals & Objectives:
1.    Explain why the term “thought disorder” has led to confusion and misunderstanding. 
2.    List 1-2 contributions from major Rorschach figures regarding the assessment of psychotic phenomena.  
3.    Discuss an integrated conceptual model of Rorschach scoring categories for thought disorder
4.    Point to one key difference between Rorschach scores for manic psychosis versus those for schizophrenia

Dr. James Kleiger did a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Menninger Clinic, completed his psychoanalytic training at the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, and served at Menninger as Director of the Postdoctoral Psychology Training Program.   A Diplomate in Clinical and Assessment Psychology and Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment, Dr. Kleiger practices in Bethesda, MD.  Jim was Key Note Speaker at the 2014 International Rorschach Congress in Istanbul.  His books include Disordered Thinking and the Rorschach, Analytic Press, 1999, Rorschach Assessment of Psychotic Phenomena, Routledge, 2017, and Assessing Psychosis:  A Clinician’s Guide, (senior author with Ali Khadivi) Routledge, 2015.