A four day workshop exploring the Attachment Style Interview (ASI), an evidence based instrument that helps practitioner understanding of family dynamics

Compass Seminars presents Attachment Style Interview (Cairns)

Presented by: Liz Sanders (AUS)

CPD Hours: 30

Includes: Catering, three manuals and completion certificate

This four-day course is designed to enable practitioners to use the Attachment Style Interview (ASI) to assess the ability of birth parents, kinship, current and prospective foster carers, guardians and adoptive parents to form meaningful, healthy, nurturing relationships.

The ASI is an audio-recorded, semi-structured interview that takes around an hour and half to administer. It uses standardised thresholds for scoring that provides an in-depth picture of relationships and attitudes to closeness. The ASI is one of the few attachment style interviews that has an accessible method of questioning and scoring to assess both secure and insecure relating styles. Administering the ASI provides an opportunity to plan and implement targeted supports and scaffolding to reduce risk, and work with parents/ carers and professionals to increase resilience. The interview establishes not only the attachment style but also whether the degree of insecurity is mild, moderate or marked. This information is based on the evidence, removing any bias and subjectivity by the assessor.

This course is a unique opportunity to explore the use and value of the ASI and to become skilled in the delivery and coding of the ASI. Developing insight into the type and degree of a caregiver’s insecurity provides assessors with the specifics necessary to decide a future course of action, whether that be an intervention, further support, or approval for placement, adoption or reunification.

The ASI’s can greatly assist Child Protection, Out-of-Home Care and Permanency interventions due to its ability to:

  • Assesses strengths, resilience and risks in individuals, the couple relationship and the support systems of children who have experienced significant trauma and/or abuse
  • Assesses caregivers’ likely resilience and ability to provide a stable family context for children
  • Provides a means of evidencing parents/caregivers’ support needs over the course of crises and stressors
  • Explore how attachment disorders may be properly conceptualised, to inform more targeted planing and treatment.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for a range of professionals including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, case managers, legal professionals and researchers, who work with vulnerable families in the child protection, out-of-home care, and permanency arenas. Participants are not required to have any particular qualification however, they need to have relevant experience within the field and the ability to reflect on their practice and work relationally with clients. The course is also suitable for PhD and masters level researchers and academics.

Course Structure

The training is run in two blocks: firstly three consecutive days then a fourth day four to six weeks later. In between the two blocks participants will carry out a pilot ASI.

Block 1: 27 – 29th July 2021 (live in person)

Block 2: 30th August 2021 (via Zoom)

Training takes place in small groups to ensure that each participant receives individual support and coaching throughout. There is a maximum of participants. Using a number of illustrative case vignettes, the presenters provide guidance on the application of attachment styles in different contexts and with various client groups, including child protection, foster care, residential care, youth work, juvenile justice, mental heath, family and children’s courts. New formulations are offered for problems that have resisted treatment and cases demonstrate how the ideas can be applied in real therapeutic settings.

It is essential that you can commit to attend the full day of each of the dates of training in order to be accredited to administer the Attachment Style Interview.

Participants who successfully complete the course and gain accreditation to administer the ASI, automatically become members of the ASI Community of Practice, granting them access to post-course support and resources for one year (included in the price of the workshop).


By the end of the training participants will:

  • Understand the impact of secure and insecure attachment style (and their variants)
  • Conduct and rate a reliable ASI interview
  • Participate in and understand the importance of quality control for semi-structured interviews
  • Consider and understand the uses for the ASI in the context of child protection/ out-of-home care
  • Understand the overall Attachment Style ratings and develop the skills to administer the interview
  • Understand the role of an evidence based tool in assessment, planning and intervention

Meet the trainer

LIZ SANDERS has a background in Social Work and Family Therapy and over thirty years experience working with vulnerable children and adults for whom the experience of early abuse, trauma and insecure attachment continues to impact negatively upon their lives. Originally from the UK where she managed mental health services across London along with experience at adoption agencies, schools and Newpin UK. She previously managed Uniting NSW/ACT’s Newpin program, leading its transformation into a successful re-unification program, that became Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond. Liz has presented on working therapeutically using an attachment model at a number of national and international conferences and provides consultations and supervision in NSW, QLD and ACT.

Date: Tuesday, 27th July – Monday, 30th August – 9am to 4.30pm

Venue:Rydges Esplanade Resort, 209 – 217 Abbott St, Cairns, QLD, 4870

Cost: $3,500 per person

Register: Online