The Child Attachment Interview (CAI) allows professionals to assess the quality of children's attachment relationships with parents or caregivers during middle childhood and adolescence. Menninger's four-day course trains professionals in how to administer and code the CAI.
The training course will be held at Menninger August 9-12.
The CAI training course is relevant to school psychologists, counselors and teachers; child mental health professionals; and researchers.
The CAI (Shmueli-Goetz et al., 2008; Target et al., 2003) focuses on current attachment memories and elicits children's perceptions of their attachment figures' current availability and sensitive responsiveness. The interview invites children to describe and reflect upon their attachment experiences and relationships - at times of hurt, emotional upset, illness, separation and loss - as a way of gaining access to their internal representations of those relationships.
The coding is taught by reviewing videotaped interviews, providing practice in the coding of the CAI, which yields attachment strategies analogous to those identified in infancy and adulthood.
Amanda Venta, PhD, a certified CAI trainer and facilitator, will teach the course.
The training course, which costs $1,000, includes all lunches and refreshments. Parking is free.