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School-aged Assessment of Attachment training – Roehampton, London (UK)

23 November - 27 November


The School-aged Assessment of Attachment is a clinical tool that offers reliable and valid assessment of children’s attachment, taking into account the developmental implications of children’s behaviour at this stage in their lives.

It is intended to provide information on (1) children’s self-protective strategies (i.e., why they do what they do when they are under stress), (2) the sorts of stressors that are most troubling to them, and (3) how they process information to arrive at their understanding of their experience. Knowing the strategy will be helpful for parents and professionals as they consider how best to respond to children, knowing the stressors can help everyone to prevent problems, and knowing how information is processed can help mental health professionals to structure beneficial treatment (and avoid inappropriate interventions).

The SAA consists of 7 picture cards depicting 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 he or she might do in the future (concrete reflective functioning regarding the self).

The interview is audiotaped and transcribed. The transcript is then annotated for specific discourse markers in each of six memory systems; the discourse markers are derived from the DMM method for analyzing the Adult Attachment Interview as adapted to fit the speech patterns of school-aged children. Using written guidelines, each SAA protocol is assigned a DMM classification.

External candidates must have attended the Attachment and Psychopathology training before they can take the SAA at Roehampton.

2020-2021 Dates

  • Week 1: November 23 – 27 2020

    Week 2: February 1-5 2021

    Week 3: March 22-26 2021

All 3 weeks must be attended.

Trainer: Rebecca Carr-Hopkins MSc

Fees, Information and booking

Fee: £1545|| University of Roehampton Student & Alumni Fee: £1236

For more information contact: benedict.grey@roehampton.ac.uk or [email protected]ac.uk


23 November
27 November
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