Patricia Crittenden will teach the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) using the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment (DMM) method for discourse analysis. This attachment training course is offered online and in person in Miami, Florida. The training takes place over 3 weeks between January 2, 2022 and June 5, 2022.
This training program uses the book Assessing Adult Attachment: A Dynamic-Maturational Approach to Discourse Analysis (A Norton Professional Book) as the training manual. It is available on Amazon and CSI recommends students have a good grasp of the book before starting the program.
A prerequisite to taking this course is the Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology training course (ANP). The ANP is an introductory training program to the DMM. Then next ANP course is taught by Patricia Crittenden and Andrea Landini in December 2021-January 2022. An alternate book to read before taking the ANP is Raising Parents: Attachment, Representation, and Treatment 2nd Edition.
CSI encourages anyone interested in DMM training to consider taking these programs as they may be some of the last trainings offered by DMM developer Pat Crittenden. The DMM was developed in the 1990’s by Crittenden under the guidance of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. Crittenden was one of Mary Ainsworth’s graduate students (along with Mary Main), and is one of the world’s leaders in the continuing development of attachment theory and science. In CSI’s view, it is not possible to truly learn about the attachment system without learning an attachment assessment method. The DMM is the most advanced attachment theory. Only the DMM offers a full range of lifespan assessments, a comprehensive and thorough model of attachment, and published materials describing attachment in detail.
The DMM-AAI is not for the feint of heart. It is a long, expensive, and time consuming program, and also life-changing. Students will learn not only the intricacies of the attachment system, but precisely how a person’s attachment experience impacts their communication, discourse and speech patterns, memory systems, defensive behaviors, and information processing patterns. This program is for attachment researchers, but mostly for any professional working with clients.
Method. Online by Zoom, and also in person in Miami Florida. Classes are offered in three 6-day blocks about two months apart. In between class weeks is weekly homework consisting of reading and coding AAI transcripts. The three week program covers normative and common clinical cases. (A fourth week of advanced AAI training covers complex cases, and will be offered at a later time.) Presumably the course can be taken both live and online.
Dates, all in in 2022:
Week one: January 4-9
Week two: March 15-2022
Week three: May 30-June 5 (note: the FRI website lists this week as including 7 days, which is likely not correct. Confirm these dates with FRI.)
Instructor: Patricia Crittenden, PhD, with facilitators
Prerequisite: Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology The ANP course offered in December 2021-January 2022 overlaps the AAI training, and qualifies for the 2022 AAI prerequisite.
Cost: $3,000 if registered before September 30 2021, $3,400 thereafter.
This course is hosted by the Family Relations Institute (FRI).