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    Reflective Functioning Training on the Adult Attachment Interview

    A course that will teach attendees how to assess a person’s mentalizing capacity.

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    About the course

    Mentalizing refers to the capacity to make sense of one’s own behaviour and experiences as well as those of others in terms of intentional mental states. This course will teach attendees how to assess a person’s mentalizing capacity (operationalized here as Reflective Functioning) based on transcripts of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI), a semi-structured interview on someone’s experiences with their attachment figures.

    For many experts, measuring reflective function when a person is how to reflect upon their own childhood experiences as in the AAI is considered the gold standard to evaluate how effective a person can mentalize.

    Attendees will further learn how to administer the AAI and how AAI-RF can be assessed and applied in various contexts (e.g. research, in clinical work including private practice, court proceedings or assessment work – the latter in relation to, for instance, fostering or social service assessments of parenting).

    Once trained in AAI-RF, the coding procedure can also be applied to other narrative-based material such as therapy session transcripts, interviews on symptomatology related to mental difficulties and many other such sources.

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    The training will take place online, and details of how to join will be shared with registrants close to the event.