The Wartegg Drawing Completion Test (WDCT) was created in 1926 by the German psychologist Ehrig Wartegg (1897-1983).
It is a simple performance-based (projective) test that asks the assesses to make a series of drawings in 8 boxes, each of which contains an ambiguous mark. The assesses complete each panel by making a meaningful drawing that incorporates the mark in that panel.
In the last years, Alessandro Crisi, Psy.D. (1998, 2007), the founder and director of the Italian Institute of Wartegg in Rome, Italy, has standardized the administration and scoring, collected normative data, and conducted an impressive series of research studies (see the references at the end).
The Crisi system, called CWS (Crisi Wartegg System) for the WDCT is now used as a selection screening procedure for the Italian army and navy.
At the present, a group of 16 American psychologist who completed the advanced training have been so excited about the Wartegg that they are now assisting Dr. Crisi to collect American normative data for the test. A second group of 12 American psychologist are finishing their advanced training.
In the CWS, the drawings are rigorously scored (e.g., for popular, contents, form quality, etc.), and a meta-analysis recently published in Psychological Assessment (Gronnerod & Gronnerod, 2012) demonstrated that the WDCT has validity at least equal to that of the WAIS, MMPI, and Rorschach. It takes about 30-40 minutes to administer, score, and interpret the Wartegg (once one is competent), and the test is applicable to children, adolescents, and adults and to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The process to become certified in the CWS consists of the following steps:
1. Level 1 Administration, Scoring & Computations, workshop, three days (18 hours)
2. Level 2 Diagnostic Meaning and Basic Interpretation, workshop, 4 days (24 hours)
3. Level 3 Advanced level, Intermediate Interpretation and Report Writing; 4 days (24 hours).
As optional training, the IIW organizes a 4th Level, Advanced Interpretation and Case Conceptualization, (5 days, 20 hours) focused on case presentation held in Rome, Italy.
Alessandro Crisi, Psy.D., SPA Fellow, is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist in
For many years, Dr. Crisi has been a consultant to the Rome Institute of Speech Therapy and to the criminal and civil courts in
Dr. Crisi presents frequently around the world on psychological assessment and the Wartegg and he is the author of many publications concerning psychological assessment and psychodiagnosis.:
The IIW has begun a series of Supervision/ Consultation Groups focused on the clinical use of the Wartegg Drawing Completion Test (WDCT) according to the Crisi Wartegg System (CWS). These groups will be led by Professor Alessandro Crisi or, in case of his unavailability, by IIW collaborators. Supervision/ Consultation Groups are available to colleagues who have completed training in the CWS, gained experience in the use of the Wartegg according to the CWS, and currently utilize the Wartegg consistently in their professional activity. The goal of these meetings is to consolidate and deepen expertise in clinical and forensic use of the Wartegg (including with children, adolescents, and adults), and to further develop the integration of the CWS with other frequently used diagnostic tools (i.e., Rorschach, MMPI and MMPI-2-RF, WAIS, AAP, EMP). Each group will consist of 5 participants, and over the sequence of group meetings, each participant will have the opportunity to present a clinical case. Therefore, each supervision/ consultation sequence will consist of 5 sessions each lasting 1½ hours. Attendance at all meetings is expected.
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