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School-age Assessment of Attachment training in Brighton (UK)

16 Marzo 2020 @ 8:00 am - 20 Marzo 2020 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0


The School-age Assessment of Attachment (SAA) is a clinical and research tool that identifies children’s self-protective strategies, dangers that elicit the strategy, and distortions in information processing that regulate the child’s behaviour.

The SAA consists of 7 picture cards that address threats that school-aged children frequently face or imagine facing. The interview protocol asks for an imagined story about the child on the card and then recall of a similar episode in the responding child’s life. For each story, the child gives the sequence of events (cognition) and the child’s feelings (affect), the child’s thoughts about attachment figures’ thoughts and feelings (perspective-taking and theory of mind), and reasons why the child did what he or she did and ideas about what they might do in the future (concrete reflective functioning regarding the self).

Trainees will learn interviewing skills and discourse tools. The techniques for interpreting speech can be useful even if the professional does not formally use the interview itself in practice. For those interested in research applications, the 15-day training is usually sufficient to establish reliability on the major classifications and subclassifications.

The interview is recorded and transcribed. The transcript is then annotated for specific discourse markers in six memory systems; the discourse markers are derived from the Dynamic Maturational method (DMM) for analysing the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)(Crittenden, 1999a) adapted to fit the speech patterns of school-aged children. Using written guidelines, each SAA interview is assigned to one of the DMM classifications.

Rebecca Carr-Hopkins MSc (Trainer)
Brighton (UK)

15 days in total:

  • Week 1: 16- 20 March 2020
  • Week 2: 8-12 June 2020
  • Week 3: 7-11 September 2020

Fees and booking

£1650+VAT (£1500 if booked by 31 December 2019)

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Brighton, United Kingdom


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