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Adult Attachment Interview (DMM-AAI): Introduction for low-risk and mild clinical conditions

16 Aprile 2023 @ 10:00 am - 22 Aprile 2023 @ 12:00 pm UTC-5


Instructor: Patricia Crittenden, PhD, with Amanda Whitford Ahearn as co-trainer and several facilitators, including Spanish-speaking facilitators.

Dates: 18 days by Zoom: April 16-21; June 24-June 29; Sept 9-14, 2023. In addition, there are weekly practice assignments between the scheduled sessions.


  • Sydney: 2am* – 6am* (*the next day), plus a facilitator meeting
  • China: 11pm – 3am*, plus a facilitator meeting
  • CET: 4pm-8pm, plus a facilitator meeting
  • UK: 3pm-7pm, plus a facilitator meeting
  • EST: 10am-2pm, plus a facilitator meeting
  • PST: 7am-11am , plus a facilitator meeting

Location: on-line by Zoom (10am-2pm EST) or in person in Asheville, NC, USA.

Content: this course teaches discourse analysis and classification for the AAI, for non-risk and (mild) out-patient clinical applications of the AAI, using the DMM method.

There are (a) weekly coding work between the sessions and (b) a requirement to submit 3 AAIs carried out by the course participant; this work must be completed to receive a Certificate for Administering the AAI.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree or its academic equivalent; Master’s and doctoral degrees are recommended.
  2. Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology before completing the AAI course (i.e., AN&P may be taken concurrently).

Language: English for the course, but practice and the reliability test can be partly in selected other languages if needed.

Benefits to clinicians of taking the AAI course:

  • Provide crucial history about danger & its impact on personal adaptation, particularly as it affects psychological treatment
  • Change the way you hear language, especially in treatment
  • Change the way you use language, especially in treatment
  • Establish a shared knowledge base with your client/patient
  • Create compassion where there was blame or doubt
  • Create a way of working together in treatment
  • Jumpstart the treatment or restart a stalled treatment
  • Set the speaker’s mind in motion
  • Enable the therapist to find the person’s ZPD
  • Enable the therapist to avoid blind alleys
  • Permit reliable coders to classify the strategies used by individuals;
  • Note: coding reliability and earning a coding certificate usually require more effort than this 18-day course.

Cost: $3000 before January 31, 2023; $3500 beginning February 1, 2023.
The registration fee covers the course, feedback on participant’s 3 AAIs, practice transcripts between sessions, and the reliability test.

Enrolment is not guaranteed until payment is made. Payment must be complete before the course is begun.

All payments are non-refundable. Invoicing and receipts involve extra charges.

Registration: please contact Patricia M. Crittenden, PhD regarding registration ( There is a limited number of participants. 

Cancellation: the course may be cancelled if fewer than six people register; please note that when purchasing flights.


16 Aprile 2023 @ 10:00 am UTC-5
22 Aprile 2023 @ 12:00 pm UTC-5
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