Psychograph as Map, Matrix, and Mirror

Psychograph as Map, Matrix, and Mirror
An Integral Psychograph Assessment
By Vipassana Esbjörn-Hargens
This article introduces clinicians and their patients to an Integral Psychograph Assessment (IPA). The IPA employed by the author is a clinical assessment process developed for psychotherapists to be used with their patients in the therapeutic context to evaluate levels of an individual across 10 lines of development. In this article, the integral psychograph is first situated within the Integral model and then within a larger historical discussion of multiple lines of development.
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Published: 12-01-2010
Length: 38 Pages
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This article introduces integrally informed clinicians and their patients to an Integral Psychograph Assessment (IPA). The IPA I employ is a clinical assessment process developed for psychotherapists to be used with their patients in the therapeutic context to evaluate levels of an individual across 10 lines of development. In this article, the integral psychograph is first situated within the Integral model and then within a larger historical discussion of multiple lines of development. The components of the IPA—the map, matrix, and mirror—which utilize third-, second-, and first-person clinical assessment methodologies are then introduced and described. Clinical considerations, with an emphasis on the impact of the assessment process on therapy, are woven into the discussion of the six procedural steps of the IPA. To illustrate the assessment process, I present clinical vignettes in which the IPA was administered in the context of long-term (five year) psychoanalytically oriented integral psychotherapy with an adult patient. I conclude with a discussion of clinical implications to be considered when using an IPA in the context of psychotherapy.