Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society hosts a
Saturday Morning Seminar
Jenelle Slavin-Mulford, PhD,
and Michelle Stein, PhD,
The Narrative Speaks:
An Introduction to
Scoring and Clinical Applications of the
and Object Relation Scale -
Global Rating Method (SCORS-G)
November 10, 2018
9:00am - 12:15pm
University of Tennessee Medical Center
Morrison Education and Conference Center
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
Click for directions to venue.
The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale (SCORS) rating system (Westen et al., 1990), specifically the SCORS-G (Westen, 1995) has become one of the most commonly used measures to code object-relational content via narrative material (TAT, Early Memory, and Psychotherapy narratives as well as Clinical Interviews). It has a strong theoretical foundation and is able to assess sophisticated underlying constructs, specifically dimensions of object relations. To date, the SCORS-G has been used predominantly for clinical research in the fields of personality assessment and psychotherapy process and outcome. Regarding psychotherapy process and outcomes research, the SCORS-G has been used to predict alliance, psychotherapy attendance, change, and psychotherapeutic technique. This measure has been steadily increasing in popularity because of its ability to translate research to practice, and is being used with a variety of populations (Clemence & Lewis, 2018; Mullin, Hilsenroth, Gold, & Farber, 2018; see Stein & Siefert, 2018 and Stein & Slavin-Mulford, 2018 for thorough empirical review of rating system). This presentation aims to highlight the structure, content, and scoring of this measure in addition to how the SCORS-G can be applied to a range of clinical settings.
Jenelle Slavin-Mulford, PhD, is an assistant professor at Augusta University. She received her PhD. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. She then completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include personality assessment, training/supervision, and psychotherapy process and outcome. Her work in these areas has led to her appointment to the editorial board of the journal Psychotherapy.
Michelle Stein, PhD, received her doctorate from Adelphi University-Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She completed her clinical internship at Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center and completed her clinical postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) Psychology Assessment Center in psychological, personality, and neuropsychological assessment. She has been a staff psychologist at MGH since 2010.
8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:50am Welcome and Introduction
9:00am Mission Statement, Theoretical Background of SCORS-G, Psychometric Properties, Summary of Empirical Findings
9:30am Scoring (review of 8 dimensions and scoring criteria)
10:45am Clinical Applications: Case conceptualization, providing psychoeducation to patients, psychological assessment
12:15pm Complete Evaluations and Adjourn
After attending this introductory-level seminar in full, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the theoretical framework behind the conceptualization and development of the SCORS-G.
2. Describe the psychometric properties and ways the SCORS-G has been used in the empirical literature.
3. Rate narratives using the SCORS-G at a beginner level.
4. Apply the eight SCORS-G dimensions to clinical material at a beginner level. This includes: case conceptualization, psychoeducation to patients, and psychological assessment.
This program is open to all APS members and other interested mental health professionals who may not be members. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a predominately psychoanalytic mode. The material will be appropriate for clinicians with introductory levels of experience and knowledge.
Professional and Scholar Members:
$45 until November 5, 2018,
$55 after November 5, 2018.
Early-Career Professional Members:
Free if registered by November 5, 2018,
$10 after November 5, 2018.
Graduate Student Members: Free.
$60 until November 5, 2018,
$70 after November 5, 2018.
Although walk-ins will be accepted, please register online at www.aps-tn.wildapricot.org in advance to assure adequate food and seating.
If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your payment to:
Scott Swan, PhD
1005 Kenesaw Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919.
Refunds honored with written/electronic notice at least 24 hours before date of conference. Contact Scott Swan, PhD.
Contact the APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD to negotiate fees, if needed.
Facility is accessible to persons who are physically challenged. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons requesting them.
Eligible professionals can join APS or renew their membership for the 2018-2019 program year for $80. Scholars can join/renew for $50 and Early-Career Professionals can join/renew for $45. Graduate students may join or renew for $25.
American Psychological Association Approval Statement:
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.
This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3.0 continuing education credits. With full attendance and completion of a program Evaluation and Learning Assessment, a certificate will be issued. Psychologists will have their participation registered through Division 39.
APS and Division 39 are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. APS and Division 39 are also committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.
Selected References/Recommended Reading:
Clemence, A., & Lewis, K. (2018). Flexibility and rigidity in object relational functioning: assessing change in suicidal ideation and global psychiatric functioning using the SCORS–G. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100, 135-144.
Mullin, A., Hilsenroth, M., Gold, J., & Farber, B. (2018). Facets of object representation: process and outcome over the course of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100, 145-155.
Stein, M., & Siefert, C. (2018). Introduction to the special section on the social cognition and object relations scale–global rating method: from research to practice. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100(2), 117-121.
Stein, M.B., & Slavin-Mulford, J. (2018). The Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale-Global Rating Method (SCORS-G): A comprehensive guide for clinicians and researchers. New York, NY: Routledge.
Westen, D. (1995). Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale: Q-sort for projective stories (SCORS–Q). Unpublished manuscript, Department of Psychiatry, The Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA.
Westen, D., Barends, A., Leigh, M., Mendel, M., & Silbert, D. (1990). Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale (SCORS): Manual for coding interview data. Unpublished manuscript, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address requests, questions, concerns and any complaints to APS President Joyce Cartor, PhD.
There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Division 39, APS, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During the program, the validity/utility of the content and risks/limitations of the approaches discussed will be addressed.