Monday July 12th 2021 – 1pm-3pm

Integrating Attachment Theory with the Assessment and Treatment of Adults who have Committed Sexual Offences

This training session will introduce participants to the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation and its relevance to assessment, formulation and treatment planning for adults who have committed sexual offences. The DMM is a strengths-focused, non-labelling and non-stigmatising model of attachment, focused on the function and meaning of behaviour and how people adapt differing strategies to meet fundamental attachment needs. The model was created by Patricia Crittenden and developed out of her studies with Mary Ainsworth and John Bowlby. The DMM is particularly relevant to approaches such as the Good Lives Model, desistance theory, systems-focused thinking, the biopsychosocial approach and related approaches. Attachment theory is increasingly used as an underlying theory to support treatment approaches, and the DMM is a model of attachment that is well suited to forensic practice.


Clark Baim and Lydia Guthrie - Trainers

Clark Baim, PhD is a Senior Trainer, Clinical and Training Supervisor, and Psychotherapist (UKCP, BPA). Clark has worked in 20 countries and trained staff in more than 200 institutions and organisations in criminal justice, social care, mental health services and the voluntary / NGO sectors. Between 2000 and 2012, he was the Co-Lead National Trainer for the Probation Service’s sexual offending treatment programmes in England and Wales. He has taught the DMM for twenty years and is an accredited trainer for the DMM Adult Attachment Interview. Early in his career, he was the founder and first director of Geese Theatre Company, focusing on rehabilitative drama in prisons and probation settings. He co-authored Attachment-based Practice with Adults with Tony Morrison.

Lydia Guthrie BA, MSc, Dip SW, is a systemic psychotherapist, and works part-time in an NHS CAMHS team, and part-time as a trainer and supervisor across social work, criminal justice, and mental health settings. She spent ten years working for the Probation Service, including as Treatment Manager for the Thames Valley Sexual Offending Groupwork Programme. From 2008 – 2012 she was Co-Lead National Trainer for the community Sexual Offending Groupwork Programmes, with Clark Baim. She completed an MSc in Attachment Theory in 2014, and is the co-author (with Clark Baim) of ‘Changing Offending Behaviour’ (2014) and (with Imogen Blood) of ‘Supporting Older People using Attachment-Informed and Strengths-Based Approaches’ (2018).





This is an online training course delivered via Zoom. Delegates will be sent full joining instructions before the event.