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A&P Dublin

21 May 2019 - 23 May 2019


This Attachment and Psychopathology course is foundational and a pre-requisite for all DMM assessment courses.

The course examines development from infancy to adulthood and the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology. It focuses on development, prevention and treatment of psychological disorder.

The evidence based approach uses the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation, which is highly relevant to individuals who are at risk, under child protection supervision, have been exposed to danger, display disturbed or maladaptive behaviour or are diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder. A particular emphasis is cultural influences on attachment.

The course is aimed at professionals who work with individuals or families requiring support including; psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, solicitors, teachers, nurses and family support workers.

Dr Patricia M. Crittenden has served on the Faculties of Psychology at the Universities of Virginia and Miami and held visiting positions at the Universities of Helsinki, Bologna, the Clark Institute of Psychiatry (Canada), San Diego State University (USA) and Edith Cowan University Australia. She has published more than 100 scientific papers and several books. She is well known for developing the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation and is one of the founders of the International Association for the Study of Attachment (IASI).

New Skills and Learning Outcomes from the course will include;

  • Functional Formulation: moving beyond diagnosis to understanding behaviour
  • Treatment planning: choosing effective and efficient treatment strategies
  • Identifying false positive affect: uncovering hidden problems in their early stages
  • Differentiating symptoms and self-protective strategies specifying how symptoms function

Course schedule and Programme

Day 1 : 21st May 2019 – Infancy and Preschool

  • Evolution, danger and brain
  • Infancy and parental protection
  • The Ainsworth patters of attachment
  • CARE-Index video tapes
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Post-natal depression and psychosis

Day 2: 22nd May 2019 – Pre-school and School years

  • Disorders versus diseases
  • Pre-school development and the Dynamic-Maturational Model
  • The coercive and compulsive self-protection strategies
  • Cross-generational transformations
  • Adoption and foster care
  • ADHD and Autism
  • Reducing coercive behaviour

Day 3 : 23rd May 2019 Adolescence and Adulthood

  • School-age: Peers obsessive and deceptive strategies
  • Conduct problems and psychotic intrusions
  • Treatment: Hidden problems recommended and risky practices
  • Family Drawings
  • The School-age Assessment of Attachment
  • Adolescence: Integrating sexuality with attachment
  • Sexual disorders and sexual offending
  • Eating and personality disorders
  • Dangerous gaps in services and preventative opportunities
  • Summary and Overview

Fees and information

  • Course fee of €495 includes all course materials, lunches, teas & coffees for the 3 days.
  • A group rate reduced fee of €450 per person will apply for group bookings of 3 or more.
  • An early bird fee of €475 per person and €430 per person group rate of 3 + will apply to bookings before 15th March 2019.

Please contact mcmahon.lor@gmail.com if you have any specific dietary requirements before 10th May 2019.

For further information, please contact Lorraine Mc Mahon at mcmahon.lor@gmail.com or 087 3527058


Places can be booked through Eventbrite. This event is organized as part of the Bessborough Centre, Blackrock Cork Training Programme.

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Bessborough Centre


DCU St. Patrick’s campus
Drumcondra Rd Upper
Dublin, Leinster 9PCW+34 Ireland
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