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Adult Attachment Projective Picture System Training

Course Date: 1 July 2019, 09:00 - 16:00, 2 July 2019, 09:00 - 16:00, 3 July 2019, 09:00 - 16:00, 4 July 2019, 09:00 - 16:00, 9 July 2019, 16:00 - 20:00, 11 July 2019, 16:00 - 20:00, 23 July 2019, 16:00 - 20:00 & 25 July 2019, 16:00 - 20:00

Course Leader: Dr Carol George

Duration of Course: 1 year - training and support

Location: Livewell Southwest Academy, Beauchamp Centre, Mount Gould Hospital, Plymouth, PL4 7QD

Price: £2750.00 per Delegate

The Adult Attachment Projective Picture System © is a free-response (i.e., performance base) assessment of adult attachment status developed following the principles of attachment theory, research, and the gold standard assessments in the field of attachment.  Coding and classification system is based on the analysis of the responses to a set of standardised picture stimuli.  

Objectives/Aims of Course

  • Gain a full understanding of the Adult Attachment Projective Picture System 
  • Understand the four major adult attachment classification groups
  • Knowledge of the Attachment Theory Derived Dimensions
  • Learn to assess individual differences in patterns of attachment-based defensive processes

Course Programme

The AAP was developed to provide researchers and clinicians with a construct validated measure of adult attachment that preserves the emphasis on mental representation and defensive processes that are central features of attachment theory and circumvents the limitations of administration and analysis of interview measures.

Refund Policy:
The registration fee is 100% refundable through May 15, 2019.  There is a 50% refund May 16- - June 15, 2019.  No refund is available after June 15, 2019.

Course Deliverables

On completion of the course, each delegate will become certified and are able to administer and score the Adult Attachment Projective Picture System.

Who Should Attend (including pre-requisites)

Mental health and medical professionals and graduate students (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, medical doctors, nurses).

What Background in Attachment Theory and Research is Required?
No extensive background in attachment theory is required.  The first day of the training seminar presents the foundations of attachment theory and assessment needed to be successful with the AAP.

How Do I Get Reliability Certification for the AAP?
Individuals who attend the training seminar are eligible for certification as an AAP judge.  Certified judges complete reliability with at least an 80% success rate for identifying attachment classification group on a standardised set of AAP cases.  A practice case set is provided following training to gain more experience prior to embarking on the reliability process.  The average length of time to reach reliability certification is 1 year, although a significant number of trainees who began reliability immediately following training achieve certification in 3-6 months.  Reliability is done on an individual basis at the pace of the trainee.  The reliability period included in the registration fee extends for 1 year following training.

Once reliability is achieved, individuals are certified to code and analyse AAPs for use with their clients, for others in their clinic, or research projects under their direct supervision.   Reliable judges are eligible to become “master judges” so as to code for others outside of their own immediate clinical or research projects.  For more information about certification, please send your enquiry by email to 

What is a Master Judge?
Master judges are certified to identify at a 90% match rate on all AAP coding and classification.  Master judges are available to help individuals who have attended an AAP training but who have not completed or chose not to complete reliability, yet want to use the AAP in their professional work.  There are master judges in English, French, Italian, German, and Dutch.  For more information about contacting a master judge, please send your enquiry by email to

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