Foster Care Ireland is committed to sharing knowledge and facilitating training. We select training that will support professionals and foster carers in their understanding of children in care through the lens of attachment and trauma. We provide training on assessment to help us better understand the experiences of children in care and we provide training on how to respond to their experiences. We believe ongoing training and learning encourages us to make informed and timely decisions for the children in our care.

Dyadic Developmental Practice: Level One

Trainers: Dr. Kim Golding

4 days: 17th to 20th June, 2020

This is an introductory 4-day course on Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting, the intervention model developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes, internationally acclaimed therapist and author of ground-breaking books on attachment and emotional recovery.

This approach assists therapists and other professionals to understand and effectively support children, young people and their families. In this model, theory and research in the areas of developmental trauma, attachment theory, intersubjectivity and child development are integrated to produce a therapeutic approach used for relationship development and trauma resolution.

DDP recognises the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play as primary attachment figures in the recovery of traumatised, attachment-resistant children. The principles and interventions are presented through formal presentations, discussion, videotape of sessions, role-play, and hand outs.

Dyadic Developmental Practice: Level Two

Trainers: Dr. Kim Golding

4 days: 23rd - 26th September 2020

This four day course is open to those professionals who have undertaken Level One training and are beginning to use the principles and interventions of Dyadic Developmental Practice, Parenting and Psychotherapy in their day to day work. It focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of the theory, successes and barriers experienced by participants in applying the model in practice, more videos and discussion of DDP and the impact of participant’s own attachment experiences.

It is helpful if participants have examples of their own DDP practice, such as case studies and/or recordings, to share with the group.

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Nurturing Attachments

Trainers: Lesa Daly, Fostering Service Lead

Nurturing Attachments is a group-work programme developed by Kim Golding.

It is designed to provide support and guidance to adoptive parents and foster or kinship carers. Based on attachment theory and an understanding of the impact of trauma on children’s development and security.

  • Module 1: Provides an understanding of attachment theory, patterns of attachment and an introduction to therapeutic parenting.
  • Module 2: Introduces the House Model of Parenting, providing guidance on how to help the children experience the family as a secure base.
  • Module 3: Continues exploring the House Model of Parenting, with consideration of how parents can both build a relationship with the children and manage their behaviour.”

Who is the training for?

This course is aimed at parents and carers who are looking after a child who has insecure attachments. This includes adoptive parents, foster and kinship carers.

  • Module 1: 11th, 18th, 25th September and 9th, 16th and 23rd October
  • Module 2: Dates to be confirmed early 2020
  • Module 3: Dates to be confirmed early 2020

Meaning of the Child (MotC) Interview

Trainers: Dr. Ben Grey, University Lecturer at Roehampton University, London and Juliet Kesteven

6 days: 12th-14th November, 2020 and 21st-23rd January 2021

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.

Child Attachment Play Assessment (CAPA) Interview

Trainers: Steve Farnfield, University Lecturer at Roehampton University, London

8 days: 8th-11th September & 24th-27th November, 2020

The CAPA is a doll play procedure designed to assess children aged 3 – 11 years in terms of attachment strategies, developmental trauma, mentalising and depression. It has been developed for use with children from very troubled backgrounds and assists practitioners in formulating intervention plans most likely to succeed

The Child Attachment and Play Assessment (CAPA) 

The CAPA is a doll play procedure designed to assess children aged 3 – 11 years in terms of attachment strategies, developmental trauma, mentalising and depression. It has been developed for use with children from very troubled backgrounds and assists practitioners in formulating intervention plans most likely to succeed. 

The CAPA was developed by Dr Steve Farnfield; founder and convenor of the Attachment Studies programmes at the University of Roehampton U.K. Dr. Farnfield is co-editor of the 3 volume Routledge Handbooks of Attachment. He is also a licensed trainer for a wide range of DMM assessment procedures. 


The CAPA uses the established narrative story stems procedure in which the interviewer gives the child the beginning of the story (the stem) and then asks her/him to “tell me and show me what happens next”. 

There are two sets of stories, one for children aged 3 – 6 years using the established story stem battery and another for 7 – 12 year olds using stories developed for the CAPA. 

The procedure is video recorded. 


The CAPA analysis combines Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment and adaptation (DMM) with Winnicott’s ‘playing and reality’ and ‘potential space’ to assess attachment strategy, mentalising, unresolved loss and trauma together with the DMM modifiers. 


Structure of the course 

The course is taught in two 4-day blocks together with practice coding at home, online feedback and a reliability test. 

For children aged 3 – 11 years using the established narrative story stems procedure. 

Validation: there is one published validation study and three others nearing completion. These include PhD projects using bio-physical measures (cortisol, alpha amylase and heart rate variability). 

Child Attachment Play Assessment (CAPA) training in Santry, Dublin 

Part 1: Tuesday 8th Sept. – Friday 11th Sept. 

Part 2: Tuesday 24th Nov. – Friday 27th Nov.

The first 4 days cover the normative insecure patterns of attachment followed by a break. During which trainees code 6 practice examples with feedback from Dr. Steve Farnfield. 

The second 4 days of training cover the clinical examples of attachment, trauma and depression. Trainees are asked to do a series of practice / reliability examples and feedback will be given on the first 15. The final 12 constitute the reliability test for which there is no feedback. Trainees can retake the reliability test as many times as they need to. 

Practice examples and the reliability test are supplied as part of the course and trainees need to complete 2-3 stems themselves. 

Cost: Euro 1000.00 

This includes all the training materials, manual, teaching both in class and online, reliability test and certificate. Light lunch and refreshments are also included in the price. Places are limited. 

Please apply to: Lesa Daly at 

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