All of the short courses below will be offered online. For on campus delivery please enquire.

Attachment Theory, Research and Practice Short Courses


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

Taught online via Zoom 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.

External candidates must have attended the Attachment and Psychopathology training with Dr Crittenden before they can take the AAI at Roehampton. 

Training days will begin at 1pm and end between 6-7pm (UK time). You will be required to read and classify a transcript before each training day starts. Consequently, participants should be entirely free of other obligations during the training.

Dates 2022
Part 1: February 28th - March 5th
Part 2: April 25th - 30th
Part 3: July 4th - July 9th
1.00pm -6.00pm

Fee: £1995
University of Roehampton Student & Alumni fee: £1596
Fee + Reliability Test: £2215
University of Roehampton Student & Alumni fee + Reliability Test: £1816

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

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

Taught online via Zoom by Fan Zhang.

Fan Zhang is an experienced psychologist with clinical expertise in the attachment and physiological aspects of childhood trauma. She has received in-depth training in several assessment tools informed by the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment. Fan is currently completing a PhD on the utility of the CAPA in assessing trauma in children.  She has been lecturing on the MSc programme in Attachment Theory, Research and Practice at the University of Roehampton for many years, and is experienced in teaching the CAPA, having been taught and accredited by Dr Steve Farnfield, developer of the CAPA (see  She may be joined in some sessions by Dr Ben Grey.

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 further information about the Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA) please go to

Dates 2022
Week 1: February 16th-18th
Week 2: March 30th-1st April
Week 3: April 21st-22nd
Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm
All parts must be attended.

Fee: £795
University of Roehampton Student & Alumni Fee: £636

Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC): using parenting interviews to understand parent-child relationships

Taught online via Zoom

The Infant CARE-IndexFor further information about the Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC) please visit

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.

Dates and fees for 2022 to be confirmed.

PG Cert in Attachment Theory, Research and Practice

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.

MSc in Attachment Theory, Research and Practice

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 a discussion, please contact Dr Benedict Grey 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.


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