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Society Conference Reports for 2009

Winter Conference

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lois Vaisman
Graphology and Custody Evaluation

Lois Vaisman, Vice President and founding member of The American Society of Professional Graphologists, is a graphologist, social worker and life coach. For a number of years she has worked with the courts to assist in evaluations of child custody decisions. In this program Lois will give us insights from highly contested cases ordered by the court after mediation had been unsuccessful. The evaluations involved both in-person and written interviews with the parents. Handwriting samples from the parents are augmented here with samples from others close to the cases, such as spouses or extended family.

Graphology is an excellent projective technique in the larger tool kit used to assess each party. Here, it has practical application to provide a broader personality profile of each individual. It is particularly useful in custody evaluations, as each side has both an incentive and tendency to malign the other party, while favorably reporting their own parental role. In this context, handwriting analysis can be used to ascertain a client’s core personality along with the strengths and limitations that would determine custody decisions. Graphology can often be used to disentangle emotional rhetoric from the basics of the evaluation by focusing on the core characteristics of each individual.

Currently, Lois is an adjunct professor at Yeshiva University. She received her MSW from Columbia University and has received a Clinical Psychoanalytic Certificate from New York University. She is a former faculty member of The New School where she co-directed the psychology of handwriting program.

Spring Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Angelika Burns
The New Leader of Today
Evaluation Using Graphology with Other Psychometric Assessments

Angelika Burns gave us a wonderful program several years ago. She is a professional Swiss graphologist with extensive experience and expertise. We are fortunate to have her back with us. As a business consultant, Angelica assesses candidates for middle and upper management using psychometric tests, performance tests, case studies, role plays and interviews. She then compares those findings with results from handwriting analysis. Angelica received her doctorate in graphology from Basle University and has written a number of publications on graphology. She is currently the President of and committee member for two Swiss graphological societies.

Psychometric tests play an important role in personality evaluation, either in the process of personnel selection, in internal promotion, or in career planning. To a great degree, in Europe these tests have become rival instruments with respect to graphology. Angelika will demonstrate how to keep graphology a viable and valuable assessment by using it with other methods. During a full day workshop she will show examples of handwritings and test results from her daily assessment practice. These will be accompanied by some theoretical images of the "Leader" of today relative to the leader of yesterday.

Fall Conference

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Patricia Siegel
Motivation and Temperament

Patricia Siegel is a business consultant, executive coach, handwriting analyst and forensic expert with broad experience using a variety of assessment tools. She is currently President of The American Society of Professional Graphologists.

This workshop focused on Kiersey Temperament Theory and how it enables handwriting analysts to determine motivation and define central personality characteristics. Applying Temperament theory, a personality typology derived from Myers Briggs and Jungian theories, can assist an analyst to find core motivations and values from handwriting. Conceptually, it is a powerful tool that adds another perspective to view the essence of a writer, supplementing the use of traditional graphology, and overlaying it with what we learn about motivation from other typologies, including Mythological types, and the Enneagram.

There are four Kiersey Temperaments: the Idealist (iNtuitive, Feeling) who values self-realization and integrity, "becoming" is most important; the Rational (iNtuitive, Thinking) who values knowledge and competence; the Guardian (Sensing, Judging) who values responsibility and stability, "serving" is most important; and the Artisan (Sensing, Perceiving) who values variety and impact, "doing" is most important.

Pat provided preliminary graphic guides to help determine each of the temperaments in handwriting. Attendees worked in groups applying the guides and other graphological information to a variety of handwritings as they sought out the motivational and central characteristics of each person.

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