The University of Roehampton Attachment Studies Programme is offering a Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA) training in April and May 2021. This online attachment training program is open to all, whether or not enrolled or an alumni of the University of Roehampton.
The CAPA can used by anyone, with or without prior attachment training. It is an excellent assessment for people new to using formal attachment assessments. It uses structured doll play to help a child build out an attachment-based narrative which is transcribed and coded using DMM attachment assessment methods. The CAPA procedure usually takes about 25 minutes to administer. Participating children are given the beginning of a story (a story stem) and then asked to ‘show and tell me what happens next?’ All the stories are geared to trigger the attachment system’s function of protecting from danger. Stories are oriented to children 3 through 6 and separately aged 7 through 12.
CAPA coding is a combination of DMM attachment assessments, the Preschool Attachment Assessment (PAA) and DMM Adult Attachment Interview (DMM-AAI), and Winnicott’s potential space.
The course is taught by Dr. Benedict Grey, director of Roehampton’s attachment MSc program. Dr. Grey is also the developer of the Meaning of the Child (MotC) interview, an attachment assessment similar to the CAPA, but focused on the parent’s relationship to their children.
A reliability test for the CAPA will be provided after the course, by Dr. Steven Farnfield. He is the original developer of the CAPA, and the former director of the Roehampton attachment MSc program. Dr. Farnfield provided an overview of the CAPA in DMM Coffee House session #35. For more information about the CAPA, visit About the CAPA: CAPA (the-capa.com).
More information about the MotC, CAPA, and other DMM attachment assessments are available in the DMM Wikipedia article.
For more information, pricing and registration, and for information about other online attachment trainings, visit Attachment Studies Short Courses | University of Roehampton.