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An introduction to the Seven Step Configuration Analysis: Using Drawings to Obtain Clinically Relevant Information

Presenter: Eric Gudan, Psy.D., HSPP

Monday, May 14th, 2018, 7-9 PM (*Presentation begins promptly at 7:15 PM)
Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center, 3rd floor parlor
1050 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Program Description

While drawings offer a valuable insight into the inner processing and experience of individuals, sifting through the information to piece together an accurate formulation without becoming overly reliant on a cookbook method or assessor idiosyncratic preferences can be daunting. Examples will be used to present how the various elements of a drawing can be incorporated for a better clinical formulation. The Seven Step Configuration Analysis, developed by Zoltan Vass, offers a flexible but organized approach which incorporates recent research on drawings. Rather than a straightjacket, the seven steps become a decision tree of filtering and incorporating information. The method guides clinical intuition to discover the essence of the picture. It takes into account the context of the individual’s background as well as the the process of how the individual draws and reacts to the drawing. What has been drawn can be both broken down into elements which can be individually analyzed and be evaluated on a holistic level. While it has limitations, which will be listed in the presentation, the SSCA is a comprehensive and structured method of interpreting drawings which allows assessors a quick and inexpensive instrument which offers valuable information orthogonal to self-report.

Learning Objectives:

1. Recognize the 7 steps of the Seven Step Configuration Analysis.
2. Learn how drawing information can be used for building case conceptualization, patient understanding, and therapeutic rapport.
3. Be able to list three weaknesses of using drawings, especially as relates to the SSCA.


About the Presenter

Dr. Gudan is a licensed clinical psychologist who performs therapy, conducts personality assessments, and supervises pre-doctoral externs at his private practice on the south side of Indianapolis. He earned a Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from The Institute for the Psychological Sciences. His areas of interest include psychotherapy grounded in Catholic understanding of the human person, mindfulness, mechanisms for therapeutic change, and treatment of recalcitrant interpersonal patterns. He has presented on a variety of issues, including gratitude, forgiveness, treatment of compulsive sexual behavior and multi-modal assessment. He conducts clinical assessments, vocational assessments for various dioceses and orders, and federal personnel evaluations. He is active with and presents at the Society for Personality Assessment annual conference and is a normative data collector for the R-PAS.  Eric and his wife of nine years have four children.


Schedule and Format

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The presentation will begin promptly at 7:15 PM with the introduction of the presenter. Light snacks and drinks will be provided, with networking beforehand beginning at 7pm. The meeting will end by 9:00 PM.

Fees, Policies and Participants

Fees are included in membership dues for ISPT Members. Guests are welcome free of charge. The fee is $30 if non-members wish to pursue CE credit. It is the policy of ISPT to encourage multidisciplinary learning. This seminar is appropriate for the intermediate level of knowledge in the area of psychoanalysis. Enrollment is intended for psychologists and other mental health practitioners, graduate students and all who are interested in psychoanalysis.

Non-Member CE Credit

Continuing Education

This program is offered for 1.5 continuing education credits. The entire meeting must be attended in order for attendees to receive certificates. Upon completion of an evaluation form, a certificate will be provided. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to APA Ethical Guidelines. Participants are asked to be aware of need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.