Attachment Studies Short Courses


The Infant CARE-Index (devised by Patricia Crittenden)

Taught by Rebecca Carr-Hopkins, MSc Attachment Studies

The Meaning of the Child to the Parent 2

Recommended in NICE Guideline 26 on Children's Attachment.

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.

2018 Dates
Week 1: October 4th - 6th
Week 2: November 1st - 3rd
Week 3: November 29th - December 1st

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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The Pre-School Assessment of Attachment (PAA)

Tutor: Dr Steve Farnfield


The 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 (18months 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.

For more information see /Family Relations Institute.

2018 - 2019 Dates
Part 1: December 5th - 7th 2018
Part 2: January 30th - February 1st 2019
Part 3: March 6th - 8th 2019

Cost: £875

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The Adult Attachment Interview – Using Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model of analysis

Taught by Rebecca Carr-Hopkins MSc Attachment Studies

The Meaning of the child to the ParentThe Adult Attachment Interview is a procedure for assessing adults' strategies for identifying, preventing, and protecting the self from perceived dangers, particularly dangers tied to intimate relationships. The DMM-AAI course is based on an expansion of the Main and Goldwyn procedure and is both a useful research tool and a potential guide for a wide range of professionals. Therapists, in particular, learn not only new ways to conceptualise troubled development, but also ways to identify, in adults, distortions of the mental processing of information, particularly information relevant to disorders of feelings, thought, and behaviour. The techniques for interpreting speech can be useful even if the professional does not formally use the interview itself in practice. For those interested in research applications, this 24-day training is usually sufficient to establish reliability on the major classifications and sub-classifications. Part 4 of the course, applicable to forensic uses of the AAI, can be taken separately with Dr Crittenden. See: Assessing Adult Attachment: A Dynamic-Maturational Approach to Discourse Analysis. Crittenden, P. M. & Landini, A. (2011). New York: Norton. Required reading for the course.

2019 Dates
Part 1: January 7th-12th
Part 2: March 11th-16th
Part 3: May 20th -25th

Cost: £1957

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Child Attachment & Play Assessment (CAPA) Using Narrative Story Stems

Tutor: Dr Steve Farnfield

Child Attachment & Play Assessment (CAPA) Using Narrative Story Stems

Using the established doll play procedure, whereby the interviewer asks the child to complete a series of simple stories, this newly validated system of analysis enables you to code for the child’s attachment strategy, mentalising, depression and screen for PTSD. The CAPA can be used with children aged from 3 to about 11 years and there is a pilot procedure for use with adolescents. The course is suitable for health and social care professionals working with troubled children, fostered and adopted children, and those interested in research. It includes e-mail tutorial feedback on practice DVDs and a reliability test leading to certification by Dr Farnfield. For more information see

2019 Dates
Part 1: April 9th - 12th
Part 2: May 14th -17th

Cost: £741

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The Meaning of the child to the Parent: using parenting interviews to assess the effects of parental early experiences upon parent-child relationships

Tutors: Ben Grey, PhD and Juliet Kesteven, MA, Cambridge Centre for Attachment.

The Infant CARE-IndexThis is a newly validated procedure that can be used in conjunction with the Infant CARE-Index.

Attachment and child protection research would suggest that the most critical factor in assessing parenting is the way parents think about their child; the meaning the child has to parent in the light of the parent’s experiences, especially those involving trauma or loss. Using semi structured interviews with parents, participants will be taught how to evaluate and understand parental ways of speaking about their child and parenting in a way that yields an in-depth understanding of the parent-child relationship, informing and evidencing decision making and intervention. Videos of parent-child interaction will be used to show the connections between how parents speak and think about their child, and how they behave as parents. Getting the most of the course, and being accredited as reliable in this method, will require classifying transcripts outside the formal teaching days, with feedback by email.

This course will be of interest to all professionals involved in the assessing and intervening with parents and their families, including social workers, psychologists, therapists and other related disciplines.

2019 Dates
Part 1: June 12th - 14th
Part 2: July 24th - 26th

Cost: £772

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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 behaviour 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 for further details.

Dates for 2019 to be confirmed

Cost: £1545

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

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 or go to the University website.

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