Attachment & Psychopathology: the development, prevention & treatment of psychological disorder

This three-day course focuses on the development, prevention and treatment of psychological disorder. It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples and treatment applications to reframe maladaptive behaviour as adaptive strategies for self-protection. The course focuses on development from infancy to adulthood, emphasising the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology.

The model used is the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation, developed by Dr. Patricia M. Crittenden. The DMM is relevant to individuals who are at risk, who have been exposed to danger, who display disturbed or maladaptive behaviour, or who are diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder. A particular emphasis is cultural influences on attachment.

Clark is also delivering Introduction to Attachment-Based Practice with Adults, Children and Families, a 1 day introductory workshop in MelbourneAdelaide and Brisbane.


Learning Outcomes

New skills:

  • Perceiving discrepant behaviour, seeing commonly overlooked clues.
  • Identifying false-positive affect and uncovering hidden problems in their early stages.
  • Differentiating symptoms and self-protective strategies, specifying how symptoms function.
  • Functional formulation: moving beyond symptom-based diagnoses to understanding the underlying function of behaviour (i.e. the needs the person is trying to meet).

Treatment planning, choosing treatment strategies to:

  • Increase efficiency
  • Lower cost
  • Reduce risk of iatrogenic harm

Take-away tools:

  • Level of family functioning scale.
  • Gradient of intervention scale.
  • Downloadable materials.
  • Daily text of slides (with registration only).
  • Bibliography of numerous published papers.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at professionals working within mental health, social work and related fields.  A solid understanding of attachment theory is beneficial.

Course Cost

Early Bird Rate: $855 (incl. GST), register and pay before 17 July

Full Fee: $915 (incl. GST)


Berry Street

1 Salisbury Street
Richmond, VIC 3121 Australia

Time & Date

August 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - August 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Additional Info

The cost of this event is: $855.00

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