Training Opportunities


The Center for Attachment research is on the cutting edge of attachment-based measures and research techniques. To inquire about the variety of training opportunities we offer, please contact Howard Steele.

Seminars offered on a rotating basis:

Friends and Family Interview (FFI) Seminar with Howard Steele. The FFI is used with children and adolescents ages 8-15+ years, and asks them to evaluate various aspects of their important relationships. This is an intensive one-day training during which Dr. Howard Steele will discuss the administration and coding manual for the Friends and Family Interview in depth. For more information, please email Howard Steele


Video Intervention Therapy (VIT) with George Downing. VIT is a mode of therapy used primarily with parent-child relationships and couples. During this 2-day training, participants will learn the techniques and structure of VIT. Dr. Downing will invite participants to bring their own material to work from (a video interaction), and will elaborate on the process of how to use such interactions clinically, and how to integrate work with emotion into the standard VIT procedure. For more information, email Lana Dumas


 Reflective Functioning Training Seminar with Howard Steele. This is an intensive 3-day training examining how reflective training may be reliably identified in transcriptions of Adult Attachment Interview responses. The 11-point RF rating manual is studied in detail in relation to transcribed narratives. The training culminates in participants being given a 15-interview reliability set to take away, with follow-on support from Howard Steele. For more information, please email Howard Steele.


Attachment Focused Coding System (AFCS) for Story Stems with Allison Splaun. The AFCS is a brief administration and coding method for story stems, in which children ages 5-10 are asked to complete stories about common family scenarios. This is an intensive two day training where you will learn to administer and code story stems for use in both clinical and research settings. For more information, please email Allison Splaun.