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Berry Street are delighted to partner with Honorary Associate Clark Baim to deliver this extensive course. Clark has studied extensively in the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment with Dr. Patricia Crittenden and co-developed the five-stage therapeutic interviewing model based on the DMM with Tony Morrison. He is the co-author, with Tony Morrison, of Attachment-based Practice with Adults: Understanding strategies and promoting positive change published 2011 by Pavilion, UK.


Delivered over eight 3-hour webinars this 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 closely affiliated with the Family Relations Institute.

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?

The course is for professionals from a range of disciplines who work with adults, children and families where insecure attachment and / or unresolved trauma and loss may be a significant factor affecting family members’ safety, health, and well-being. This includes professionals working within mental health, social work, criminal justice, the voluntary / charitable sector, and related fields.

A solid understanding of attachment theory is beneficial before attending the course.

This course is also a prerequisite for people who intend to take courses in DMM assessments such as the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI).

Cost & times

Session 1 - Tuesday 1 & 2 February

Session 2 - Tuesday 8 & 9 February

Session 3 - Tuesday 15 & 16 February

Session 4 - Tuesday 22 & 23 February

All sessions will be delivered from 8am - 11am (AEDT - Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

Cost: $920.00 (inc GST)

Payment terms & conditions

Payment MUST be made by credit card at the time of registration (VISA and Mastercard will be accepted). Your registration will not be confirmed unless payment has been processed.

A confirmation/tax invoice will be issued upon registration to your nominated email address.

A full refund will be issued for cancellations up until 3 working days prior to the webinar. No refunds will be issued after this date however substitutions are welcome.

Should Berry Street cancel a webinar for any reason, those registered at this time will be entitled to a full refund of registration fees.

PLEASE NOTE: For privacy reasons webinars will not be recorded nor can they be recorded by an attendee.

Clark is an excellent trainer and so appreciated his warm, open and inclusive approach. I enjoyed the strengths-based approach of this training that enabled us to see the why’s behind the behaviour. It solidified the value in understanding a client’s life experiences when it comes to how they parent.

Psychotherapist Clark Baim
Honorary Associate

Clark Baim

Master of Education | Diploma of Psychodrama Psychotherapy