Training Course: Attachment Informed Intervention with Troubled Children and their Families

30/01/2018 - Published by

Attachment Informed Intervention with Troubled Children and their Families



Date:  19th & 20th April 2018

Venue:  CTS, Conference Room, The Barn, Friars Well Estate,                North Drive, Wartnaby, Leicestershire, LE14 3HY

Course Tutor: Helen Johnson – Director of Attachment Works


Entry Requirement:


Therapists and Professionals who have completed SAI Level 1 training (SAI Level 1 for Therapists; or Sensory Processing Trauma and Attachment) and who have attended the DMM Attachment & Psychopathology course or have demonstrated DMM reading and knowledge.

Maximum Number of Places: 15

Course Fee: £250

Course Description: This 2 day course will

1. Provide a review of attachment patterns within the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment, with a focus on:

  • What each of the patterns of attachment means for the individual in terms of information processing, examined through filmed examples of a range of strategies.
  • The function of attachment behaviour within a dyadic relationship and the impact on the family system as a whole;
  • The importance of considering the impact of the parents’ and therapists’ own attachment strategies

2. Explore the opportunities and implications of working therapeutically with          children when there is a focus on tailoring interventions according to the                attachment functioning of the child.

3. Examine differing approaches towards children using a Type A strategy versus  a Type C strategy, given the different ways internal and external information is processed within the different strategies.

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Helen Johnson is the director of Attachment Works


Helen has been a qualified social worker since 1999.  She is committed to using evidenced based and innovative ways of helping children and parents in both birth and adoptive families and in providing support and training to professionals.

Helen is particularly interested in the potential of the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation to bring understanding to the behaviour of individuals; relationship dynamics and family functioning, so that this, in turn, can inform effective interventions.

She is a certified coder for Child Attachment Interview, Story Stem Profile Assessment, and the Adult Attachment Interview (DMM).

She also has completed advanced training in:

The School Aged Assessment of Attachment (DMM)

Advanced Clinical Pre-School Assessment of Attachment using the Strange Situation Protocol developed by Mary Ainsworth

Child Attachment and Play Assessment. (Steve Farnfield. 2015)

Video Interactive Guidance Stage Two, AVIGuk

COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, we are keen to keep you up-to-date with our service provision, which as you can appreciate is changing daily.

For reassurance CTS have set up a ‘Best Practice’ policy to ensure all our Occupational Therapists and Office Staff are working to the highest standard at all times; where ever we are based in the UK.

We are currently NOT seeing families at our designated CTS Clinics conforming to the recent request 23rd March 2020 @ 2030hrs from our government and NHS.

CTS are wanting to reassure you that we are highly committed to you and your child’s OT needs are cared for. We appreciate a lot of our families and service users are vulnerable and many have EHCP’s in place. As a service this requires us to ensure we continue to safeguard and meet the welfare needs of our service users effectively.

We are now providing alternative therapy to continue to support children, families and in some cases parents. We are using your appointment times and making contact via phone calls, conference calls, emails, Zoom and or Skype to support Telehealth Interventions.

Letters are being sent out to all our service users to reassure our commitment.

Please be reassured that all staff are taking every precaution to support our country in preventing the spread of this virus.

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