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Berry Street Honorary Associate, Clark Baim, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, group leader and author will deliver this two-part webinar series based on Patricia Crittenden's Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment & Adaptation.

Sessions can be attended separately, however, please note prior learning requirements for Part II. The Webinar will be delivered via ZOOM and for privacy reasons will not be recorded.


This two-part webinar series will introduce participants to key concepts in the field of contemporary attachment theory and apply this theory to working with adults, children, young people and families where insecure attachment and/or unresolved trauma and loss may be a significant factor affecting the health, safety and well-being of themselves or others. Clark will use presentation and discussion to explore how attachment theory can inform a deeper understanding of the people we work with and the approaches that may help them to better understand themselves, improve their relationships and live more fulfilling lives.

Who should attend?

This webinar 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.

Note: participants completing this webinar series will be well prepared to attend more in-depth training offered in the DMM, such as the Attachment and Psychopathology course, the Adult Attachment Interview course, and courses in childhood assessments. Information about how to access these courses will be provided.

PART I: Theory into practice

Part One will introduce participants to Patricia Crittenden’s Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation.

At the end of this session, participants will:

  • understand the key elements of contemporary attachment theory and the key comparisons between the two primary models of attachment that are taught around the world.
  • understand the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation as a strengths-based, non-pathologising, non-stigmatising model for understanding bio-psycho-social functioning.
  • understand the developmental pathways that lead to the different attachment / self-protective strategies.
  • understand the implications for assessment, formulation, and purposeful selection of treatment approaches.
  • understand how the DMM offers an evidence-based, function-focused alternative to symptom-based diagnosis.
  • understand why the DMM is particularly applicable to working with people who may be a danger to themselves or others.

PART II: Using the DMM to inform assessments and interventions

Part Two will provide participants with:

  • a chance for multi-disciplinary professionals to develop a common language for discussing attachment, family dynamics and related issues.
  • an introduction to several procedures used to assess attachment strategies in children and adults.
  • an introduction to memory systems and discourse analysis as used in the Adult Attachment Interview.
  • an introduction to functional formulation: assessment, formulation and treatment planning which is informed by an understanding of the underlying function of behaviour (i.e. the needs the person is trying to meet, and the meaning of their behaviour).
  • an understanding of how to select treatment strategies to focus on bio-psycho-social formulations and interventions that go beyond symptom management and symptom reduction.

Please note:

This session assumes participants already have prior knowledge or familiarity of the DMM e.g. through attending PART I (above), or through reading or other forms of self-study on the DMM.

The Family Relations Institute is a good source for additional information and formal training in the DMM age-specific assessments.

Dates & time

Part I: Wednesday 14 September, 8am - 10.30am (AEST)
Part II: Wednesday 12 October, 8am -10.30am (AEDT)

Sessions can be attended separately, however, note prior learning requirements for Part II.


$200 (incl. GST) per session or $370 (incl. GST) for the two-part series

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.

Past participant
clark baim
Honorary Associate

Clark Baim

Master of Education | Diploma of Psychodrama Psychotherapy