In contrast to the HTP or DAP, the 8CRT requires that an examination booklet be prepared prior to administration of the test to the client. This is completed by taking eight sheets of 9" x 12" tissue paper (Caligor recommends 8.5" x 11"; however, this is not a standard size of precut tissue paper) and stapling the sheets to a piece of same-sized white drawing paper. This provides a background for the first drawing (page 1). In addition, during the test, another sheet of drawing paper is required to place between the drawings so that only two are showing at a time (i.e., previous drawing and fresh sheet on top). I prefer to use a firm clipboard and place the completed booklet in place under the clasp. The interviewer then takes seven of the eight sheets of tissue paper and rolls them over the top of the clipboard (not under the clasp). This leaves the eighth sheet of paper exposed to be used for the client's first drawing.
After this is accomplished, the directives for the administration of the 8CRT are as follows:
• Offer the client the premade booklet and one pen or a pencil with an eraser.
• Ask him or her to "draw a picture of a whole person."
• Once this is completed, roll the seventh sheet of tissue paper out from behind the clipboard and lay it on top of the finished picture. You can now see the prior drawing (page 1) underneath the fresh sheet of tissue paper (which will be page 2).
• Instruct the client, "Do anything you like to this picture. You can add to it, take away from it, change it, or leave it alone. Only make certain you have a picture of a whole person."
• Once this is done, roll the next sheet of tissue paper out from behind the clipboard and lay it on top of the second drawing (page 2). Taking the second sheet of white drawing paper, slide it in between pages 1 and 2. You should see one fresh piece of tissue paper overlying page 2. Page 1 should no longer be visible.
• Tell the client, "Do anything you like to this picture. You can add to it, take away from it, change it, or leave it alone. Only make certain you have a picture of a whole person."
• Once he or she completes this drawing (page 3), repeat the process until no tissue paper remains behind the clipboard (page 8).
• It is imperative that you slide the second sheet of white drawing paper in between every completed drawing. The client should only see the latest drawing through a fresh piece of tissue.
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