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Meaning of the Child Interview – Full training – Part 1

January 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - January 15, 2021 @ 4:30 pm


This training is the full training in learning to analyse, interpret and formally classify parenting interviews using the Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC) coding system.  

Training takes place in CCA’s Garden Annex training room.  Lunch and light refreshments are included.  The venue is easily accessible by road from the A14, and also from Cambridge and Cambridge North rail stations using the Cambridge Guided busway (Longstanton Park and Ride stop).

It is  taught as a 6-day course,  in 2 blocks of 3 days, and  involves practice classification of interview transcripts, and email tuition, both within and following the course.

NOTE Part 2 (24-26 February) must also be attended and is included in the price – only one purchase is necessary.

Course Tutors: Dr Ben Grey and Juliet Kesteven

Participants can then complete an optional reliability test to become reliable coders of the MotC.  Learning the MotC to the level of reliability requires about 40-50 hours of individual practice classification of interviews (over an approximately 6 month period, both during and after the face-to-face course).  However, many participants use the course to develop their understanding of the way parents think and talk about their children, without pursuing reliability in the procedure, finding the training nonetheless valuable to their development.

For further information on the MotC please click here.


‘The MotC training was pivotal in increasing my knowledge of both attachment and the assessment of psychological risks posed to a child by their parent.’

Barry Tilzey, Consultant Practice Development Lead – London Borough of Wandsworth

[For more testimonials, click here]


Whilst the MotC has a solid foundation in academic research and psychological theory, particularly in the area of attachment and reflective functioning, it requires neither an academic background nor a psychological qualification to learn to use.  It has been successfully taught to social workers, family centre workers, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists alike.  Learning to classify parenting interviews using the MotC does require commitment and self motivation to make use of the email tuition and practice, as it needs to be learned by ‘doing’ as well as by attending face-to-face training.  It requires a willingness to engage with the theoretical content, but as a means to understanding particular parent-child relationships, rather than in the abstract.


“The Meaning of the Child Interview has proved to be one of the most powerful and informative clinical tools used in our clinical practice, and has helped make sense of some very complex cases.  Dr Grey and Juliet Kesteven have a particularly engaging and effective teaching style, and a generous approach to sharing their extensive clinical and academic knowledge and experience.  I would highly recommend attending training / seminars at the Cambridge Centre for Attachment.”

Dr Emma Hunnisett, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Child and Family Psychology Clinic, Norwich


£795 per person for both Parts 1 and 2, online tuition and practice, all materials by email, and reliability test if required.   NB: There is a maximum of 14 participants owing to space limitations so please book quickly. Limited internet places are available via Zoom/Skype.

Events can  be booked online by choosing the appropriate ticket and paying securely using Paypal, with either a Paypal account or a credit or debit card. There is no fee for this. If you need us to invoice your employer or wish to pay by bank transfer please email us.


In the event of a cancellation up to 48 hours before the event, we will either offer access to a video and audio recording of the event (and all materials) if made, or free attendance at a future similarly priced event. If the cancellation is within 48 hours access to recordings will be given, if available.

Should CCA need to cancel a training for any reason a full refund will be issued.


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MotC Training, including Part 2, online tuition and reliability test (if required)
£ 795.00
11 available
Online Only MotC training (including Part 2, practice and reliability test)
£ 795.00
1 available


January 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am
January 15, 2021 @ 4:30 pm


Cambridge Centre for Attachment


Cambridge Centre for Attachment
Cambridge Centre for Attachment, Station Road
Cambridge, CB24 3DS United Kingdom
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