Pre-Conference Workshop in Vancouver, prior to the SEAS, International Attachment Conference (IAC)

July 16-17, 2019

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Led by: Dr. Allison Splaun

Workshop Goals: This workshop will train participants to administer and code The Attachment Focused Coding System for Story Stems (AFCS).  The AFCS is a brief measure of the attachment representations of children ages 4 – 9.  This system is brief, consisting of 4 Story Stems that are coded on 9 dimensions.  The AFCS is user-friendly and easy to become reliable on, while providing useful information regarding the child’s attachment to each parent and ability to resolve challenging everyday dilemmas.  Validity studies have shown strong reliability and external validity, even with difficult clinical samples (Splaun, Reiner, Steele, Steele, & Murphy, 2010).  The training will address story stems administration and coding, as well as how the AFCS may be used in clinical and research contexts.  A reliability set of story stems from 15 children will be provided for those who would like to become reliable coders of the AFCS.  Individualized feedback and a certificate of reliability (for those who successfully complete the coding) will be provided, which is all included in the cost of the training.

Workshop Details: from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 16 – 17, 2019.  Breaks are provided intermittently throughout, with a long lunch break each day from approximately 12 – 1 pm.

Participants: you should have some general background knowledge of attachment theory.  I invite both researchers and clinicians to participate and find the dialogue is richest with a combination of both.

Registration Fees: 

  • Regular Registration: $600 CAD
  • Student Registration: $200 CAD

Presenter’s Biography: Allison Splaun developed the AFCS with Dr. Iris Reiner in early 2008.  She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from The New School for Social Research, during which she worked under Drs. Howard and Miriam Steele at The Center for Attachment Research.  Allison then completed a Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship at The University of Virginia Health System and Western State Psychiatric Hospital.  She is currently in private practice conducting psychotherapy with children, families, and adults.

Maximum seats available30