To use the PEMA reliably in clinical practice, it is necessary to complete an 8-week reflective practice group process. Participants will meet for 8 x 90-minute group video reflective practice sessions exploring the application of PEMA with pre-coded (standardized) training video samples. One tape needs to be coded per week in preparation for the reflective practice meeting. Additionally, participants will employ PEMA with videotaped parent-infant interactions from their own concurrent clinical practice for group reflection. In each reflective practice session, one trainee will present a video from their own practice to utilize in-depth reflective discussion and review of video materials to develop a case formulation based on the PEMA orientation.

Reflective practice groups are limited to 4 participants to ensure optimum training conditions in support of reliability and comprehension. Thus, each trainee will present two videos throughout the reflective practice. Trainees are required to reach 80% reliability with 5 pre-coded videos by the end of training in order to qualify for certification.

The course tutor will liaise with delegates during their attendance at the standard PEMA training to organise dates and times for the 8 x 90-minute group video reflective practice sessions.

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Who is this suitable for?

This is suitable for those who have attended the standard PEMA training and want to become reliable in using PEMA as a clinical assessment tool.


Certification requires successful completion of both the standard 3.5 day PEMA training and PEMA Reflective Practice training. Participants are welcome to partake in PEMA training independently, as a means to adopt a PEM-specific lens in clinical work, but the Reflective Practice component is required to license PEMA as a clinical assessment tool. Please note that the licensing agreement, which accompanies certification allows individual use of PEMA and does not include training others on the instrument.


Certification of reliability in using PEMA as a clinical assessment tool will last for three years. After three years, re-certification will be required to ensure scoring reliability, fidelity of the PEMA model and to maintain license for use. Re-certification involves reliably coding standardized video sample(s) every 3 years. Re-certification requires completing two videos and will cost £62.50. 

If the times are not suitable, please contact us for further information and alternatives to be arranged. 


System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

6th February 2023 - 20th December 2024
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • This is ongoing
  • 8 x 90-minute video-conference calls
  • Timings will be finalised during the standard PEMA training



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