Attachment and psychopathology
This three-day course focuses on the development, prevention and treatment of psychological disorder.
It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples and treatment applications to reframe maladaptive behaviour in terms of strategies for self-protection. The course focuses on development from infancy to adulthood, emphasising the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology.
The model used is the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation.
The DMM is relevant to individuals who are at risk, 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 structured developmentally and consists of lecture with slides, videotapes and interview transcripts to demonstrate the patterns and principles of development. A set of readings and exercises, tied to each day’s material, are offered. An introduction is given to the DMM assessments of attachment:
- CARE-Index (infancy from birth to 24 months)
- Ainsworth Strange Situation (SSP, 11-15 months)
- Toddler CARE-Index (15-36 months)
- Preschool Assessment of Attachment (PAA, 2-5 years)
- School-age Assessment of Attachment (SAA, 6-13 years)
- Family drawings (4-13 years)
- Transition to Adulthood Attachment Interview (TAAI, 16-25 years)
- Adult Attachment Interview (AAI, 25 years and older)
- Parents’ interview
The Attachment and psychopathology course is a prerequisite to all assessment courses, eg the Adult attachment interview.
With additional readings and written assignments, this course can count towards earning the “DMM-informed Mental Health Practitioner Certificate”. Please contact Dr. Patricia Crittenden (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
perceiving discrepant behaviour, seeing commonly overlooked clues to trouble
identifying false-positive affect, uncovering hidden problems in their early stages
differentiating symptoms and self-protective strategies, specifying how symptoms function
functional formulation, moving beyond diagnoses to understanding behaviour
treatment planning, choosing treatment strategies to:
reduce risk of iatrogenic harm
- Level of Family Functioning scale
- Gradient of Intervention scale
Downloadable materials www.patcrittenden.com
- daily text of slides (with registration only)
- colour models of strategies
- numerous published papers
This course is aimed at professionals who work with troubled families or individuals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, social workers, teachers and nurses
Topics covered will include*:
Day one - infancy and pre-school
Evolution, danger and brain
Infancy and parental protection
The Ainsworth patterns of attachment
Child abuse and neglect
Post-natal depression and psychosis
Day two - pre-school and school years
Disorders versus diseases
Pre-school development and the Dynamic-Maturational Model
The coercive and compulsive self-protection strategies
Adoption and foster care
ADHD and autism
Reducing coercive behaviour
Day three - adolescence and adulthood
School-age: Peers, obsessive and deceptive strategies
Conduct problems and psychotic intrusions
Treatment: Hidden problems, recommended and risky practices
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
*Dr Crittenden will aim to cover all topics listed above, but dependent on time and audience requirements, cannot guarantee that all areas will be addressed
Patricia M. Crittenden has many years experience as an academic and practitioner in the fields of child abuse, attachment theory and family therapy. After her training with Mary Ainsworth, she served on the Faculties of Psychology at the Universities of Virginia and Miami. She has held visiting positions at the Universities of Helsinki and Bologna, as well as the Clark Institute of Psychiatry (Canada), San Diego State University (USA) and Edith Cowan University (Australia).
She is well known for having developed the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation and is one of the founders of the International Association for the Study of Attachment (IASA). In 2004, she received a Career Achievement Award from the European Family Therapy Association. In addition, she has published more than 100 scientific papers and several books.
£525 (£475 if booked by 2 September 2017)