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Meaning of the Child Interview Part 1: Foundational Training – Self Taught

April 30, 2023 - July 31, 2024

£150.00 – £295.00

This training is a standalone training in using the principles of the MotC in practice, as well as the initial training in learning to analyse, interpret and formally classify parenting interviews using the Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC) coding system (for which Parts 2 and 3 are needed)

The course can be done at any time, and follows the pace of the trainee.

Course Tutors: Dr Ben Grey and Juliet Kesteven


Participants will gain access to about 15 hours of training videos, the MotC Manual, exemplar anonymised parenting interviews, and other course materials.   Access is also give to MotC Slack channel (social media) for specific questions.

The Meaning of the Child Interview (MotC) is a method of understanding the parent-child relationship, though evaluating the way parents think about their child. It makes use of a semi-structured interview in which parents talk about their child, their relationship with their child, and their parenting, which is then carefully analysed using a manualised system.

For further information on the MotC please click here.

Participants will gain sufficient understanding to develop a MotC informed practice – that is to use the principles of the MotC in their work, in terms of developing awareness and understanding of how parents talk and mentalise for their children & their caregiving, and the implications of this for the parent-child relationship. The course will be a mixture of direct teaching and looking at actual interviews with parents, and is a standalone course, as well as being the first stage of learning to administer, code and use the MotC. Further training is needed to use the MotC as a formal tool (Part 2) and to reliably classify it (Part 3).  For dates and further information about Parts 2 & 3 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

“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

[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.



£295 per person 

A reduced price of £150 is available to students, unwaged, and those who have previously undertaken the MotC course.

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.


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


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Standard online attendance
£ 295.00
Student/unwaged/refresher course
£ 150.00


April 30, 2023
July 31
£150.00 – £295.00
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Cambridge Centre for Attachment
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