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

July 15-16, 2019

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Led by: Dr. Howard Steele


Workshop Goals: Each day we will be reading AAI transcripts and fragments from community and clinical samples, with a close focus on variations in the way loss and trauma is discussed.

Reflective functioning (RF), also known as ‘mentalization’, has been shown to overlap with mental health in adults, and has been the focus of a number of recent books and articles detailing its vital place in developmental and clinical research.  The RF concept was first developed by Peter Fonagy, Mary Target, Miriam Steele and Howard Steele.  The validity base for this construct comes from its reliable application to Adult Attachment Interviews (AAIs). RF scores derived from parents’ AAIs are powerfully predictive of child outcomes in terms of mental health, self and social development.  RF scores derived from AAIs obtained from patients (before and after psychotherapeutic treatment) reveal positive and significant changes.

This training is aimed at advanced graduate students and professionals aiming to score RF in Adult Attachment Interviews or narrative material (e.g. psychotherapy transcripts) that includes requests to show RF, e.g. ‘What do think might be the reason s/he behaves that way?’. 

The training will provide a detailed inside look at the evolution of the RF coding manual, and how to apply the RF coding manual to narrative material. At the end of the two-day training, participants are given 15 AAI transcripts to code in RF terms, on their own without consulting others, in order to take the reliability test.  The reliability set will need to be returned, with score sheets, by 1st December, 2019.

Workshop Details: 2-day workshop, from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm each day. 

Registration Fees: 

  • Salaried participants: $1500 CAD
  • Student participants: $750 CAD

Maximum seats available: 23