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The CARE-Index Assessment

  • Dublin
  • 9.30 - 4.30
  • 29 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017

Price €200 deposit (non-refundable)/ total subsidised cost €1,085 to IASW members only

The Infant Care Index is the simplest and most versatile of the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM)’s assessments of attachment.


Although booking for this event has closed through the IASW website, there are still a number of places available. For further information on this event please contact the trainer Rebecca Carr-Hopkins at


It allows social workers to assess the quality of the relationship between carer and infant and identify risk to the relationship and so provide an opportunity for early intervention. The assessment is ideal for those working with infants in a child protection, assessment or an early intervention setting, as it provides opportunities to intervene where needed in a precise and focused way, using a reliable and measurable risk assessment tool which can then be re-applied to assess the success of the intervention. Professionals who attain a reliable enough standard of coding these assessments can also rely on these in court. 


"I did the CARE-Index training in 2011. Overall the DMM training is probably the most relevant I have done in terms of Child Protection work. As a risk assessment tool it's been really helpful as I often found infancy a more difficult to assess for risk, and to be explicit about the concerning behaviours I observed. As the CARE- Index takes a child development perspective, that this fits coherently into social work observations and assessments. Having this understanding makes it easier to be explicit with parents and carers also, both in understanding their child's behaviours and offering interventions that will support more sensitive caregiving. The CARE- Index also gave me a really good foundation for understanding the formation of the attachment relationship in the early years, and a way to understand the parent's strategies as well as the child's. Though I obviously don't use the formal assessment on every case,  I use the observation skills and the concepts of the attachment strategies all the time." 

Aoife Bairead, Social Work Team Leader (Ireland)




At a reduced rate of €1,085 to IASW members only (usual cost €1,200 - €1,400) includes all teaching, manual, reliability test; refreshments and lunch


Week 1: March 29th – 31st 2017

Week 2: April 19th – 21st 2017

Week 3: May 23rd – 25th 2017



Skills training in risk assessment and patterns of interaction between infants and their carers.

This is a qualitative assessment of risk in relationships. It assesses patterns of interaction of infants and their carers and can be used for infants from 6 weeks to 15 months and may be used in the home or clinic settings.

The course involves assessing and coding patterns of interaction through video observations. Trainees will receive a variety of relevant materials and handouts at the start of the course and a manual on completion. The training is split into three 3-day slots. Competency to code will be assessed by a reliability test after the training. Those reaching reliability will receive certificates.


Course Requirements


1) It is essential that trainees attend all 9 days of the course. At the end of parts 1&2 of the training, participants will be expected to code and receive feedback on a number of video interactions. They will then assess and code the reliability test of 18 interactions after Part 3. Those achieving reliability will receive a certificate from Dr Patricia Crittenden stating their level of reliability

2) Course participants will be expected to provide three 3 minute video clips of parent infant (or toddler) interaction as part of their certification (2 normative & 1 clinical).

Non essential

Trainees would benefit from familiarising themselves with the dynamic maturational model of attachment and adaptation (DMM). More information can be found at and IASA (International Association for the Study of Attachment). 

Each training day will begin at 9.30 and end at 4.30 pm. The price for the course includes refreshments and lunch.  


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