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Attachment & Psychopathology: the development, prevention and treatment of psychological disorder

February 20, 2024 - March 13, 2024

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Berry Street are delighted to partner with Honorary Associate Clark Baim to deliver this extensive course. Clark has studied extensively in the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment with Dr. Patricia Crittenden and co-developed the five-stage therapeutic interviewing model based on the DMM with Tony Morrison. He is the co-author, with Tony Morrison, of Attachment-based Practice with Adults: Understanding strategies and promoting positive change published 2011 by Pavilion, UK.




Delivered over eight 3-hour webinars this 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 as adaptive 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, developed by Dr. Patricia M. Crittenden. The DMM is relevant to individuals who are at risk, who have been exposed to danger, who display disturbed or maladaptive behaviour, or who are diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder. A particular emphasis is cultural influences on attachment.


Learning outcomes


New skills:


  • Perceiving discrepant behaviour, seeing commonly overlooked clues
  • Identifying false-positive affect and uncovering hidden problems in their early stages
  • Differentiating symptoms and self-protective strategies, specifying how symptoms function
  • Functional formulation: moving beyond symptom-based diagnoses to understanding the underlying function of behaviour (i.e. the needs the person is trying to meet).

Treatment planning, choosing treatment strategies to:


  • Increase efficiency
  • Lower cost
  • Reduce risk of iatrogenic harm.

Take-away tools:


  • Level of family functioning scale
  • Gradient of intervention scale
  • Downloadable materials
  • Daily text of slides (with registration only)
  • Bibliography of numerous published papers.

Who should attend?


The course is for professionals from a range of disciplines who work with adults, children and families where insecure attachment and / or unresolved trauma and loss may be a significant factor affecting family members’ safety, health, and well-being. This includes professionals working within mental health, social work, criminal justice, the voluntary / charitable sector, and related fields.


A solid understanding of attachment theory is beneficial before attending the course.


This course is also a prerequisite for people who intend to take courses in DMM assessments such as the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI).


Cost & times


Session 1: 20 & 21 Feb

Session 2: 27 & 28 Feb

Session 3: 5 & 6 Mar

Session 4: 12 & 13 Mar


All sessions will be delivered from 8am – 11.30am (AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

Cost: $1,020.00 (inc GST)

Learn more or register here

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