The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI).
Format: Zoom (via Eventbrite)
Speaker: Dr Sonja Gojman
Date: Saturday 13th March 14.00 – 15.30 GMT
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This Seminar is also Week 2 of our PG Certificate in Attachment Theory. Registered PG Cert students will be given a code to access free tickets on the Eventbrite page on the day of the seminar.
In this seminar on the Adult Attachment Interview, Dr Sonja Gojman will explore how the AAI’s five-part classification of the interviewee’s childhood experiences and current states of mind not only illuminates their parenting style and their infant’s corresponding attachment to them, but also characterizes the interviewee’s clinical interactions. This she argues, is of particular value to the relational clinician, enabling them to be more observant and to better reflect on their own attachment classification and resulting personal participation in the clinical process.
The discussion will include an exploration of the speaker’s research project on intergenerational transmission of attachment (Gojman et al 2012), which draws on participants from two distinct Mexican cultures; urban-Spanish speaking middle class families and rural Nahuatl-speaking peasant families. Data from AAI assessments of the mothers’ states of mind (George Kaplan & Main, 1985-1996 Gojman translation), as well as video-filmed mother infant interactions, in-home observations, and applications of the strange situation procedure (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters & Wall, 1978), demonstrate the validity of the AAI as an accurate method of predicting infant patterns of attachment, as well as the attachment styles’ relationship to sensitive maternal caregiving. The study further demonstrates the robustness of the principal characteristics of attachment theory and the journey of the adult states of mind via responsive maternal care, to the security of the infant’s attachment.
* Bibliography for the seminar is detailed below
About the Speaker
Sonia Gojman de Millán is a PhD in Psychology from the Psychology Faculty at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Psychoanalyst trained at the Graduate studies division of the Medicine Faculty (UNAM). She was Secretary General of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS) 2000-2008 and an Executive Committee member 1996-2014. She is a Training, Supervising Analyst and faculty member at the Seminario de Sociopsicoanálisis A.C. (SEMSOAC). She is a certified Trainer by the University of California, Berkeley, on the Adult Attachment Interview: Training in English in San Diego, Berkeley, Washington D.C, Minneapolis, Sydney and Beijing. Training in Spanish in México City, Barcelona, Spain and Panama. She directs the Attachment and Social Character Research project of Mexican Urban and Indian dyads. She has been an active social character researcher in various community and inter-cultural participative action projects since 1974. She is Member of the Social Character International Network.
Dr. Gojman de Millán was formerly a clinical professor, faculty member and the head of the Social Psychology Department of the Psychology Faculty at the Mexican National University (UNAM). She has edited with Herreman and Sroufe: Gojman-de-Millan, S Herreman, Ch & Sroufe A.L. Eds. Attachment Across Clinical and Cultural Contexts. 2017 Routledge, Taylor and Francis, London and New York. (Translated to Spanish by Fondo de Cultura Económica (FCE) in Mexico, and coauthored in English in several books, including: In A Prophetic Analyst, Erich Fromm’s Contributions to Psychoanalysis, Cortina and Maccoby, Eds. Jason Aronson, 1996. Gojman Chapter 9, “The analyst as a person”, pp. 235-258, Millán Chapter 13, “The social dimensions of transference”, pp. 325-340 Washington D.C; In Attachment Theory and the Psychoanalytic Process Cortina and Marrone. Eds. Chapter 8: “Integrating Attachment and Social Character Approaches to Clinical Training. Case Studies from a Mexican Nahuatl Village”; Whurr Publisher LTD. London. UK. 2003, pp. 179-203; In Rainer Funk Ed. 2007, Tangible Memories, “Erich Fromm as a person: psychoanalyst, teacher supervisor”; In Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview Steele and Steele Eds., Chapter 12: “The AAI and its Contribution to a Therapeutic Intervention Project for Violent, Traumatized and Suicidal Cases”, The Guilford Press 2008, New York and London, pp. 297-319; And several articles in English, among them: Millán & Gojman: “The Legacy of Fromm in Mexico”, International Forum of Psychoanalysis. Taylor & Francis. Vol 9, 2000. Pp. 207-215. Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oxford Boston; Gojman and Millán: “Identity in the Asphalt Jungle. A Study of Mexican Youngsters Who Work in the Streets”. International Forum of Psychoanalysis Scandinavian University Press Vol 13 # 4. BrunnerRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Health Sciences. Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oxford Boston; Gojman, S., Millán, S., Carlson, E., Sánchez, G., Rodarte, A., & González, P., Hernández, G. 2012 “Intergenerational Relations of Attachment, A Research Synthesis of Urban/Rural Mexican Samples”. Attachment and Human Development 14 (6), pp 553-566); Gojman, S., Millán, S., Sanchez, G., González, P. Coautora con Salvador Millán, Guadalupe Sanchez, Patricia González y Angélica Rodarte. “Caregiving and Social Character. Towards a systematization of the clinical assessment of social character traits and their relation to mothers’ care giving quality in urban/rural Mexican samples”. Fromm Forum. International Erich Fromm Society (English Edition – ISBN 1437-1189), 17 / 2013, Tuebingen (Selbstverlag), pp. 35-46. In Gojman-de-Millan, S Herreman, Ch & Sroufe A.L. Eds. Attachment Across Clinical and Cultural Contexts. 2017 Routledge, UK. Gojman, S., Millán, S., González, P., & Sanchez, G. “Attachment research in urban and rural México. Clinical and social Implications” Chapter 4, Pages: 75-99.
Gojman, S & Millán, S. (2008) The AAI and its Contribution to a Therapeutic Intervention Project for Violent, Traumatized and Suicidal Cases. In Steele, H & Steele M., Eds., Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview. Chapter 12. The Guilford Press 2008, New York and London. Pages 297-319.
Gojman, S., Millán, S., Carlson, E., Sánchez, G., Rodarte, A., & González, P., Hernández, G. (2012) Intergenerational Relations of Attachment, A Research Synthesis of Urban/Rural Mexican Samples. Attachment and Human Development 14 (6) Pp.553-566.
Gojman, S., Millán, S., Carlson, E., González, P., Guzmán, M.E., Hernández, G., Rodarte, L. A., Sánchez, F., y Sánchez, G. (2014) La Entrevista de Apego Adulto en Español. En B. Torres, J. Causadias y G. Posadas (Eds.), La teoría del apego: investigación y aplicaciones clínicas. Psimática Editores. Madrid España. Capítulo 7. 2014.
Gojman, S., Millán, S., Sanchez, G., González, P. (2017) Attachment research in urban and rural Mexico. Clinical and social Implications. In Gojman-de-Millan, S., Herreman, Ch & Sroufe A. Eds. Attachment Across Clinical and Cultural Contexts. Routledge, UK.
Hesse E., (1999) The Adult Attachment Interview: Historical and current perspectives. In: Handbook of Attachment. Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications. Eds. J. Cassidy & P. Shaver. The Guilford Press. London, 1999 pp. 395-433.
Hesse E., (2008) The Adult Attachment Interview: Historical and current perspectives. In: Handbook of Attachment. Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications. Eds. J. Cassidy & P. Shaver. The Guilford Press. London, Chapter 25.
Main M. (1993) Discourse prediction and recent studies in attachment: Implications for psychoanalysis. Journal of the America Psychoanalytic Association 41: 209-244.
Main M. (1994) A move to the level of representations in the study of attachment organization: Implications for psychoanalysis. Annual Research Lecture of the British Psychoanalytic Society. London. July 6, 1994.
Steele H. & Steele M. (2008) (Eds.). Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview (pp. 297-319). The Guilford Press, New York London.