4 & 6 May 2021, is the highly anticipated conclusion to this 3-part series. Ben Grey has completed the coding of a Meaning of the Child (MotC) interview transcript provided by Charley Shults and will sum up his thoughts. In parts I and II, Ben lived coded the transcript without having previously seen it. In this session, Ben will demonstrate how he completes the MotC assessment and share his thoughts about his conclusions of what he is able to discern from a cold transcript. Charley will then share some anonymized information so we can see how an attachment assessment and the real world intersect. We’ll see what can be learned from a MotC assessment, what is hinted, and what can’t be learned (all assessments have their limits). Ben and Charley will discuss what different information is provided by an Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and other attachment assessments. They will also address the ultimate question, what is the significance of the findings from the assessment, and then open the floor to questions, discussion, and further exploration of how DMM-based attachment assessments can be used in a practical manner.
Part II of this series will be replayed before session A starts (it will not be replayed before session B), beginning an hour and a half before the usual start times (listed below). These live sessions are a unique opportunity to experience an attachment assessment. Ben is a skilled DMM attachment assessment coder who brings a rich experience of social work to his approach to compassionately understanding people through assessments.
The DMM Wikipedia article provides a summary of DMM assessments.
Date session A: Tuesday, 4 May 2021 (live, recorded)
Date session B: Thursday, 6 May 2021 (video replay)
Length: 90+ minutes
Host/Facilitator: Ben Grey and Charley Shults
Platform: Zoom meeting
Sponsor: Conflict Science Institute
Multiple sessions: Each session will be unique, please join both! Invite your colleagues.
Session A (US/EU/Africa/India): Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. Seattle (UTC -7) (11:00 a.m. in Dallas; noon in Miami; 5:00 p.m. in London; 7:00 p.m. in Cape Town; 9:00 p.m. in New Delhi; midnight in Bangkok.) Please note, the video recording of Part II of this series, the second 1.5 hours of coding will replayed 1.5 hours before these start times on this day.
Session B (US/EU/AUS/Asia): Thursday, at 1:00 p.m. in Seattle (3:00 p.m. in Dallas; 4:00 p.m. in Miami; 9:00 p.m. in London; and (in Australia/Thailand/China on Friday) at 6:00 a.m. in Sydney. (AUS/ASIA participants should confirm their local start time against Seattle time.)
Dr. Benedict Grey is the Programme Convenor (Director) and Senior Lecturer for the Attachment Studies program, Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton, London. He is also co-director of Cambridge Centre for Attachment (www.attachment.services) and has been using the DMM in the family court arena for nearly 20 years. He also developed and validated the Meaning of the Child interview (www.meaningofthechild.org), a system of analysing parenting discourse based on the DMM.
Charley Shults, MA, J.D., is an American living in the U.K. where he works as a psychotherapist. He is a member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and certified by the UKCP as an Integrative Psychotherapist through the Metanoia Institute. Charley is developing Attachment Centred Therapy, an approach which often includes the use of attachment assessments including the Adult Attachment Interview. He described ACT in DMM Coffee House sessions #6 and #13. Charley’s web page is https://www.charleyshults.co.uk/, and offers here an overview of Attachment Centred Therapy.