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Meaning of the Child Interview Part 2: Using the MotC – Self Taught

August 1, 2023 - August 2, 2024

£150.00 – £295.00

This course will extend learning from Part 1, to teach participants to administer and use the MotC in their work, and give a basic understanding of how the MotC is coded.

Attendance at Part 1 (or previous MotC training) is a pre-requisite to this course


Participants will be given access to nearly 8 hours of video recorded material together with course materials.  They will also be allocated a mentor to support them through coding 4 practice interviews (provided), as well as if wanted, offering accreditation in the administration of the interview.

Course Tutors: Dr Ben Grey and Juliet Kesteven

(Full group sessions are recorded for later viewing)

approx. 8 hours training videos + email practice and submission of practice interview (if interviewing accreditation wanted).

Engagement in the practice and submission of a codable interview will allow participants to be accredited as a MotC practitioner – this enables participants to give the interview, using it either for their own reflection or, having it coded by a reliable coder (which will require completion of Part 3 and a reliability test), using the findings in their work.

Course will be a mixture of lectures and analysis of interview transcripts.  Part 1 is required.

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.

Further training is needed to to reliably classify this MotC (Part 3).  For dates and further information about Part 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 including approx 8 hours videos, course materials, and practice tuition supported by email, and accreditation of interviewing.

A reduced price of £150 is available to students, unwaged, and those who have previously undertaken the MotC course (mentors will not be assigned to those taking the course as a refresher 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.


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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August 1, 2023
August 2
£150.00 – £295.00
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Cambridge Centre for Attachment
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