Strange Situation Training

Trainers certified in teaching the Strange Situation:

Elizabeth Carlson:
Alan Sroufe:
Robert Weigand:
Training in the Strange Situation Laboratory Procedure is done at the University of Minnesota across two consecutive weeks . One may register for both weeks or for just one of the two weeks. Both weeks of training involve review of numerous video recorded Strange Situations cases.

Week 1
This training covers how to run the Strange Situation, how to code Ainsworth’s rating scales, and the ABC categories. The Disorganized (D) category is also introduced.
Cost: $600 (includes purchase of 10 practice videos)

Week 2
This second week of SS training focuses on the clinically important Disorganized (D) category.
Cost: $600

Currently Scheduled Training: 2018
WEEK 1: ABC TRAINING: Minneapolis, MN
Dates:  August 8-August 12
Trainers: Robert Weigand and Alan Sroufe
Contact: Robert Weigand at:
WEEK 2: D TRAINING: Minneapolis, MN
Dates: August 12-17
Trainer:  Elizabeth Carlson
Contact: Elizabeth Carlson at:

TRAINING IN Cambridge, England
Coding Disorganized Infant Attachment (in the Strange Situation Procedure)
Location: Cambridge, UK
Dates: June 4-8, 2018
Trainer: Prof. Marinus van Ijzendoorm
Contact: Guy Skinner at:

Coding Parental Sensitivity
Location: Cambridge, UK
Dates: June 4-8, 2018
Trainer: Prof. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg
Contact: Guy Skinner at:

Adult Attachment Interview Training

Adult Attachment Interview Trainers’ Consortium:
Erik Hesse and Mary Main, Directors

Anders Broberg <>
Anna Maria Speranza <>
Anna Tmej <>
David & Deanne Pederson <> (emeritus)
Debby Jacobvitz <>
Erik Hesse <>
Howard Steele <>
June Sroufe <> (emeritus)
Kazuko Behrens at: <>
Kiyomi Kondo-Ikemura at: <>
Loyola McLean <>
Melitta Fischer-Kern <>
Miriam Steele <>
Nancy Kaplan <> (not currently training)
Naomi Bahm <>
Nino Dazzi <>
Pehr Granqvist <>
Sonia Gojman-de-Millan <>
Sonya Vellet <>
Tord Ivarsson <>

Naomi Gribneau Bahm, Coordinator:
The AAI Trainers Consortium:

Learning to score and code the Adult Attachment Interview begins with a two-week intensive training institute. As important background, the institute starts with a brief summary of Bowlby’s attachment theory, a description of the Infant Attachment categories of Mary Ainsworth (including the Strange Situation Procedure), and the subsequent links to adult attachment theory and the Adult Attachment Interview. Following this preliminary review, the bulk of the training is focused on the AAI scoring and coding system developed by Mary Main and Ruth Goldwyn. AAI transcripts are both studied and scored by trainees outside of class and also carefully reviewed during class time. Less formal discussion of research and clinical questions that arise during the training is scheduled and conducted as needed. Upon completion of the course, trainees are given several booklets to take with them for continued study and practice in preparation for certification testing. The certification process takes an additional 18 months and consists of three tests taken at 6-month intervals. Each test is a set of about ten transcripts to be coded.

Cost: $2600 This price covers the two-week training and the follow-up certification process.



Location: Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
Dates: May 15-26, 2017
Trainers: Dr. Sonia Gojman-de-Millan with Dr. Salvador Millan
Contact: Dr. Sonia Gojman-de-Millan at:

Location: Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley, California
Dates: June 12–June 23, 2017
Trainers: Dr. Mary Main, Dr. Naomi Gribneau Bahm, Dr. Erik Hesse
Contact: Applications will be accepted after February 13, 2017. After that date, contact Dr. Naomi Gribneau Bahm at:

Location: The New School, New York, New York
Dates: July 31–August 11, 2017
Trainers: Dr. Miriam Steele, Dr. Howard Steele
Contact: Dr. Miriam Steele at:
Dr. Howard Steele at:

Location: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Dates: August 21-September 1, 2017
Trainers: Dr. Kasuko Behrens and Dr. Kiyomi Kondo-Ikemura
Contact: Dr. Kazuko Behrens at:;
Dr. Kiyomi Kondo-Ikemura at:

Location: Beijing, China
Dates: September 4-15, 2017
Trainers: Dr. Sonia Gojman-de-Millan with Dr. Salvador Millan
Contact: Dr. Sonia Gojman-de-Millan at:

Location: Vancover, Canada
Dates: September 25-October 6, 2017
Trainers: Dr. Sonya Vellet and Dr. Naomi Gribneau-Bahm
Contact: Dr. Sonya Vellet at:


Location: Mainz, Germany
Dates: May 28-June 8, 2018
Trainers: Dr. Howard Steele and Dr. Miriam Steele
Contact: Dr. Howard Steele at:

Location: New York City, New York
Dates: July 16-July 27, 2018
Trainers: Dr. Miriam Steele and Dr. Howard Steele
Contact: Dr. Howard Steele at:


Location: Berkeley, California
Dates: June or July, 2019
Trainers: Dr. Mary Main, Dr. Erik Hesse, Dr. Naomi Gribneau Bahm
Contact Dr. Naomi Gribneau Bahm at: