Theraplay Institude Trainer/Supervisor Saara Salo, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Licenced Psychotherapist (Finland)

Mim The Marschak Interaction Method (MIM) is a structured technique for observing and assessing the overall quality and nature of relationships between caregivers and child. It consists of a series of simple tasks designed to elicit behaviors in four primary dimensions in order to evaluate the caregivers' capacity to:

Set limits and provide an appropriately ordered environment (Structure) & Support and encourage the child's efforts to achieve at a developmentally appropriate level (Challenge)Engage the child in interaction while being attuned to the child's state (Engagement)Meet the child's needs for attention, soothing and care (Nurture)And the child's ability to respond to the caregivers' efforts

The MIM takes from 30 to 60 minutes and is usually videotaped. There are sets of tasks designed to be used in each of four age groups: infant, toddler, pre-school/school age, and adolescent. There are also versions for pregnancy, families and couples. This training focuses mainly on the Parent-Child MIM. Materials needed to perform the tasks are simple and readily available (such as blocks, squeaky toys, drawing paper)

D-EIS is a scoring system developed for quantitative rating of the MIM observations. It can be used together with more qualitative rating forms for more psychometric evaluation. The international reliability and validity studies for D-EIS are presented in the course.

The learning objectives are:

Knowledge of how to administer/interpret the Parent-Child MIM using D-EIS rating scales, and qualitative scalesKnowledge of how to provide reflective feedback to the parents/caregiversSkill development in writing MIM reports.


This 4 day training will prepare the participants to administer and interpret the MIM.

This training is designed for experienced clinicians (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists, psychotherapists, social workers) who have not undertaken Theraplay training but wish to learn more about using a structured assessment to observe strengths and weaknesses in parent-child relationships for purposes of treatment planningand also as a skill development opportunity for those who taken Theraplay training and are using the MIM in practice.

Dates:  Days 1 & 2: Monday 13th November 1.00pm - 6.00pm,   Tuesday 14th November 2017 9.00am -5.00pm
Days 3 & 4: Thursday 18th January and Friday 19th January 2018 (exact timings for January to be confirmed)

Cost: Days 1 & 2 only: £385, Days 3 &4 only: £330, All 4 days: £650
20% discount for University of Roehampton current students & alumni: Days 1 & 2 only: £308, Days 3 &4 only: £264, All 4 days: £520

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The School-Age Assessment of Attachment

Taught by Rebecca Carr-Hopkins MSc Attachment Studies

The School-Age Assessment of Attachment is a clinical tool that offers reliable and valid assessment of children’s attachment, taking into account the developmental implications of children’s behavior at this stage in their lives. It is intended to provide information on (1) children’s self-protective strategies (i.e., why they do what they do when they are under stress), (2) the sorts of stressors that are most troubling to them, and (3) how they process information to arrive at their understanding of their experience. Knowing the strategy will be helpful for parents and professionals as they consider how best to respond to children, knowing the stressors can help everyone to prevent problems, and knowing how information is processed can help mental health professionals to structure beneficial treatment (and avoid inappropriate interventions).

The SAA consists of 7 picture cards depicting threats that school-aged children frequently face or imagine facing. The interview protocol asks for an imagined story about the child on the card and then recall of a similar episode in the responding child’s life. For each story, the child gives the sequence of events (cognition) and the child’s feelings (affect), the child’s thoughts about attachment figures’ thoughts and feelings (perspective- taking and theory of mind), and reasons why the child did what he or she did and ideas about what he or she might do in the future (concrete reflective functioning regarding the self).

The interview is audiotaped and transcribed. The transcript is then annotated for specific discourse markers in each of six memory systems; the discourse markers are derived from the DMM method for analyzing the Adult Attachment Interview  as adapted to fit the speech patterns of school-aged children. Using written guidelines, each SAA protocol is assigned a DMM classification.

Please note for external candidates, attendance at Dr Crittenden’s Attachment and Psychopathology course (or other comparable study, to be discussed with the tutor) is a prerequisite for the AAI/SAA course. See www.familyrelationsinstitute.org for further details.

Dates: week 1: 11th -14th September, week 2: 20th-25th November, week 3: 7th-11th February

All three time periods must be attended.

Cost: £1500  (Includes 15 days training, manual, e-mail feedback on practice and reliability test). 

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The Infant CARE-Index (devised by Patricia Crittenden)

The Meaning of the Child to the Parent 2

Recommended in NICE Guideline 26 on Children's Attachment.

Taught by Rebecca Carr-Hopkins MSc Attachment Studies

The Infant CARE-Index is one of the simplest and most versatile screening measures assessing risk to the parent-child relationship and parental sensitivity. It assesses mother-infant interaction from birth to fifteen months of age based on a short, videotaped play interaction of 3-5 minutes. Once the coder is trained, coding of an interaction takes about 15-20 minutes. The measure assesses carers (including foster carers) on three scales: sensitivity, covert/overt hostility and unresponsiveness. There are four scales for infants: co-operation, compulsivity, difficulty and passivity. These scales tend to be related to the maternal scales in the order listed above.

The scales are: -
1. Are highly correlated with the infant Strange Situation assessment patterns of attachment
2. Can be used in assessments to differentiate between dyads who are at risk, struggling or flourishing
3. Can help differentiate between possible cases of intrusive (physical) abuse and neglect
4. Can be used before and after interventions, and to assess their effectiveness of interventions

Who is it for? The Infant CARE-Index is a useful, portable tool for a wide range of Health and Social Care Professional whose work
involves assessing and mounting interventions to improve parent-child interaction in the first 15 months of the child's life. It can be used with families from all backgrounds and cultures and with infants and toddlers, including those with developmental problems such as physical and learning disabilities.

Dates: week 1: 5th -7th October, week 2: 26th-28th October, week 3: 30th November, week 4: 1st, 2nd  December 

All three time periods must be attended.

Cost: £720 (Includes 9 days training, manual, e-mail feedback on practice and reliability test). 

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Pre-school Assessment of Attachment (PAA) 2017 - 2018

Tutor: Dr Steve Farnfield

PAAThe SSP is the gold standard in attachment assessment and research. The classic Ainsworth SSP is applicable from 11 to 17 months whereas the PAA uses the same procedure to assess a child’s attachment to a specific attachment figure in the pre-school period (18 months to 5 years). The course enables participants to administer and code the SSP using Patricia Crittenden’s Dynamic maturational Model of attachment. Suitable for health and social care professionals working with children and families in a wide variety of settings and those interested in research. The course includes e mail tutorial feedback on practice dvds a reliability test leading to certification by Dr Crittenden. 

Dates: Part 1: December 6th - 8th, Part 2: January 31st - February 2nd, Part 3: March 5th - 6th 2018

All three time periods must be attended. 

Cost: £850  (inclusive of manual, training, practice DVDs and reliability test).  

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Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificate

Designed for busy social care professionals, the Certificate in DMM Attachment based family assessment and intervention enables you to build upon your skills at a pace that suits you. 

  • The Certificate consists of three 20-credit modules in Theory, Assessment and Intervention.
  • Each module is delivered by a combination of short blocks in the University, distance learning and private study.
  • On successful completion of the Certificate, you can top up to the MSc.

The Certificate is available for students who would like to apply directly to the Univeristy of Roehampton, or it can be delivered by your workplace for employees with a minimum of ten students. 

For more information on training provided in the workplace, please contact: Dr Steve Farnfield Senior Lecturer in Attachment Studies s.farnfield@roehampton.ac.uk

MSc in Attachment Studies

This is a unique Masters programme offering you training in validated procedures to assess attachment in children, adults and family systems as well as training in bio-physical measures such as cortisol and heart rate. The course is based on Dr Patricia Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and will enable you to conduct and apply research based measures in a clinical practice or research based context. 

For discussion contact the programme convenor Dr Steve Farnfield at s.farnfield@roehampton.ac.uk or go to the University website.

We are a growing group of academics and professionals committed to understanding and applying attachment based theory and research to better the human condition - Join us!

See the full range of CPD courses on the University website.

You can do all of these courses as part of the the MSc in Attachment Studies.