We are currently refining the structure of this training in an online format and so the times and dates may change slightly. Participants will be notified of any changes with sufficient notice.


This course aims to provide an understanding of parental reflective functioning/mentalization and to become a reliable coder of RF of the Parent Development Interview. The first full day will provide a brief introduction to the Parent Development Interview and the theory of parental mentalizing. Delegates will be shown how the RF coding system works and how to apply the manual to interviews with parents. The next four sessions will be spent coding interview transcripts together. The course will include homework which must be completed overnight and which will form the basis of discussion the next day.


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Aims of course

Delegates will learn how to assign the correct RF score to statements within the categories - ("Giving a single score"). They will also learn how to code a complete Parent Development Interview, showing in a practical way what to underline in the text of the interview and what to report on the coding sheet.

Who is this course suitable for?

Researchers and practitioners who are interested in caregiver mentalizing. The coding system provides a deep understanding of caregiver mentalizing and how it can be assessed through interview methods. The course will enable participants to become accredited reliable coders. The skills that participants will gain from this course can be used for research or in applied clinical settings, such as in parenting assessments or intervention planning.


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.

Reliability Test

In order to receive PDI-RF accreditation, participants are required to complete the Reliability Test which includes the additional coding of 10 Parent Development Interviews. Those who choose to do the Reliability Test will be sent a file containing 10 Parent Development Interviews and instructions at the end of the Reflective Functioning on PDI training. On successful completion of the Reliability Test you will be authorised to use the Reflective Functioning Scale for clinical or research purposes.

Please note, accreditation will only be given to those who successfully complete the Reliability Test. There is an additional £125 reliability fee if you wish to receive PDI-RF accreditation.



More information about the PDI and other training courses with the author can be found here

The Coding Consortium offers services to researchers and clinicians in the coding of a variety of interview and video measures, focused primarily on attachment, interpersonal relationships and parenting.  Please visit for more information.  

Join Waiting List

28th June 2021 - 2nd July 2021
  • Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
  • 28th June (full day), and 29th June, 30th June, 1st July, 2nd July (half days)
  • One full day, four half days
  • 09:30 - 17:00 on the 28th June and 09:00 - 12:30 on the following dates (UK time)

Training fee with reliability

Training fee without reliability


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