University of Roehampton

University of Roehampton

Attachment Studies

This pioneering course provides students with a specific qualification in the assessment of child and adult attachment, parenting and family functioning. It is designed for health and social care professionals, who wish to broaden their skills in assessing attachment, improve the outcome of interventions and want to conduct small or large scale research projects. This unique programme draws on Patricia Crittenden's Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment and we pride ourselves in taking a systemic, non- blaming culturally aware approach to the contribution attachment studies can make to alleviating human suffering. Our aim is to prepare you to be at the forefront of the next generation of attachment scholars. You will also learn to conduct a wide range of assessment procedures and achieve clinical or research levels of reliability in analysing the results. Assessment includes physiological measures such as cortisol, EEG and heart rate variability. You will also be able to formulate intervention and treatment plans and select the therapeutic approach which is most likely to help your client. You will develop sound foundations in attachment theory, current developments in neuro-science, research and practice, and broaden your observation and assessment skills, which are crucial to both research and practice. For example, you will observe and record human attachment in natural settings, where you will need to be aware of your own impact on the subjects you are studying. You will also be trained in the infant CARE-Index, and other procedures for screening for risk in children's development. While attachment theory is traditionally focused on children, this course incorporates assessments of attachment applicable to older children, adults, families and wider social networks. There is an integrated focus on practice and research, making this course invaluable for students interested in a research career in the field of attachment studies. Examples of PhD student's research areas include the physiology of developmental trauma (PTSD) in children, attachment and family systems, the effectiveness of play therapy with traumatised children, the impact of early trauma on parents who abuse or neglect their children, and attachment in chimpanzees that are reared by humans.

Course modules

Assessment methods

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 400 per Credit (EU) 3 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 400 per Credit (England) 3 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 725 per Credit (International) 3 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 400 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 400 per Credit (Scotland) 3 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 400 per Credit (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Whitelands College Wandsworth SW15 4JD South East

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