The University of Iowa

Attachment, Neurodevelopment & Psychopathology Conference

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 to Friday, September 21, 2018
University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital - Center for Disabilities & Development Logo
Child's Drawing

This 3-day course covers the development, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorder. It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples, and treatment applications to reframe maladpative behavior  in terms of strategies for self-protection.  The course covers development from infancy to adulthood, emphasizing the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology. The model  used, the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation, is relevant to individuals who are at-risk, have been exposed to danger, display disturbed or maladaptive behavior, or are diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder. A particular emphasis  
is cultural influences on attachment.

The course is aimed at professionals who work with troubled families or individuals, including: therapists, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, social workers,  teachers and nurses.

University of Iowa Employees: $375
Non-University of Iowa Employees: $425
Full-Time Students: $100
Psychiatry/Autism Center Residents & Fellows: $225

The conference will be held in the Remboldt Room, which is located on the first floor of the Center for Disabilities & Development, opposite of the patient check-in area.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Heartland Inn in Coralville for the nights of September 18 - 20. The room rate is $79 + tax & applicable fees. Continental breakfast and free parking are included in the rate, as is complimentary shuttle service to the Center for Disabilities & Development. To book a room online at the conference rate, click here.  


Patricia Crittenden Headshot

Patricia Crittenden has many years experience as an academic and practitioner in the fields of child abuse, attachment theory, and family therapy. After her training with Mary Ainsworth, she served on the Faculties of Psychology at the Universities of Virginia and Miami. She has held visiting positions at the Universities of Helsinki and Bologna, as well as the Clark Institute of Psychiatry (Canada), San Diego State University (USA), and Edith Cowan University (Australia). She is well known for having developed the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation and is one of the founders of the International Association for the Study of Attachment (IASA). In 2004, she received a Career Achievement Award from the European Family Therapy Association. In addition, she has published more than 100 scientific papers and several books.