Ben Grey and Rudi Dallos are providing an advanced training program for expanding DMM attachment theory to a family systemic context. They will be using the Meaning of the Child (MotC) interview and an experimental new DMM-informed assessment called the Family Attachment Interview (FAI). The FAI focuses on the network of relationships past and present in a family, rather than just dyadic relationship.
The training program
The training takes place over four days. The first two days are November 20 and 21, 2023, and the second two are March 15 and 16, 2023. Participation is available online, and both online and in-person for the March dates at the Cambridge Centre for Attachment, in Cambridge, England. The program cost is 475 British pounds. Register and find more information at https://attachment.services/event/beyond-the-dyad-systemic-motc-course.
The first two days will review theory and what is already well known from assessment science using the DMM, MotC, and Attachment Narrative Therapy (ANT). Clinical examples will be used to emphasize theory and scientific method. The FAI and it’s foundations will be presented for the first time.
The second two days, in March, will be workshop format examining actual transcripts from the FAI. Transcripts brought in to the course from participants will be included. Clinical intervention(s) and implications will be discussed.
The Family Attachment Interview
The Family Attachment Interview assessment tool will be introduced for the first time. Training participants can administer the FAI before the sessions, and have their interviews assessed by the trainers in two extra online sessions between the November and March. (Participation in the training does not require administering the FAI.) The FAI uses the MotC coding system adapted for a systemic approach.
The Meaning of the Child interview
The Meaning of the Child (MotC) interview is a DMM-based attachment assessment which assess dyadic attachment patterns of parents and children. The MotC also assess how the parent psychologically thinks about their child and identifies other parent-child issues as it examines discourse patterns of parents discussing their children.
The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation
The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) is an advanced model of attachment which incorporates many models and offers a biopsychosocial understanding of how humans adapt to life’s many dangers, including relationship dangers.
Dr Ben Grey is a Principal Lecturer for Research on the Doctoral programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
Prof. Rudi Dallos is Emeritus professor of clinical psychology at the University of Plymouth, UK.
Both presenters have published numerous books and articles.