Clinical and Research Updates on Assessing Psychosis with R-PAS (2.5 CEs)

  • Authors: Joni L. Mihura, Ph.D, ABAP, 
  • Level: Beginner: R-PAS and Psychosis; Intermediate: Psychopathology and Assessment
  • 2.5 CEs
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This workshop provides a detailed review of current clinical and research updates for assessing psychosis using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS). 

2.5 CEs are included with purchase. 

  • Schedule:
    Wednesday, March 29th 
    1:00 – 3:30pm CDT
    Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Austin Texas 

Course Overview

  • This workshop provides a detailed review of current clinical and research updates for assessing psychosis using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS). Dr. Mihura will describe the assessment of psychosis with R-PAS, with a special focus on understanding which Cognitive Codes target disorganized thinking by comparing to The Scale for the Assessment of Thought, Language, and Communication (TLC). She will also describe the R-PAS psychosis-relevant measures of visual misperception (FQ-), primary process (severe Critical Contents), the nature of negative symptoms of inexpressivity on R-PAS. Dr. Mihura will discuss cognitive impairment in psychosis, including a comparison of bipolar versus schizophrenia. Dr. Mihura will also explain how self-report questionnaires like the PAI and MMPIs fit within the assessment battery. Finally, Dr. Mihura will describe future research and plans for the development of the Thought Perception and Assessment System (TPAS). Attendees are not required to have expertise in assessing psychosis nor R-PAS. 

Educational Objectives

  • Apply general understanding of the core symptoms of psychosis
  • Describe the best assessment methods for each core psychosis symptom 
  • Describe how the main symptoms of schizophrenia differentiate it from other types of psychosis
  • List how the main dimensions of psychosis map onto self-report measures like the PAIs and MMPIs 
  • Describe how the R-PAS assessment of disorganized thinking maps onto interview-based ratings of disorganized thinking (TLC) 
  • Describe which R-PAS Cognitive Codes assess disorganized thinking and which are more common in bipolar disorder 
  • Obtain applicable skills for clinical practice through a case illustration in which schizophrenia was the referral question 


  • 1:00 – 1:30   Nature of Psychotic Symptoms and the Specificity of Schizophrenia 
  • 1:30 – 2:00   Multimethod Assessment of Psychotic Symptoms and Cognitive Impairment
  • 2:00 – 3:30   Using R-PAS to Assess Thought Disorder and Reality Testing

Discounts & CEs

  • Discounts: Students (40% off), university instructors (20% off), and clinical supervisors (10% off) may request a discount code prior to completing registration by contacting us at Students should submit proof of academic enrollment or an unofficial transcript, while instructors and supervisors should submit some documentation attesting to their role. Discounts are not available after registration is completed and partial refunds are not available if you do not apply relevant discount codes in advance. Thus, if for some reason it appears your discount code is not working, contact us prior to completing the registration.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations can be requested up to one day prior to the start of the event.  Qualified cancellation requests will result in a refund of the amount paid minus a $25 processing fee, payable by check or PayPal (credit cards will not be credited). 
  • Continuing Education Credit:  Participants are eligible for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit. The program must be completed in its entirety with sign-in each morning and sign-out each evening in order to qualify for this credit (i.e., partial hours cannot be accommodated). CEs are included with registration. Certificates of completion can also be provided by emailing Adrienne at  

    This program is co-sponsored by Alliant International University and R-PAS. Alliant International University is approved by the American Psychological Association to Sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alliant International University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Alliant University is not registered as an approved CE provider in the state of New York. 

Joni L. Mihura, Ph.D., ABAP

Joni L. Mihura, Ph.D., ABAP, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toledo. She received early career awards from the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA), as well as the Walter G. Klopfer Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literature from SPA. She is an SPA Fellow, has served several years on its board of trustees, and is currently the President Elect. Dr. Mihura serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Personality Assessment and Rorschachiana. She has published many articles and chapters on psychological assessment and is coeditor of the Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Psychological Assessment and Using the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS). She is a codeveloper of R-PAS ( and presents invited lectures and trainings internationally.
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