John Bowlby


Observing Attachment Research Tool

A contribution for clinicians

Saturday, 30th June 2018

Workshop: 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: 1 Fairbridge Road, London N19 3EW

Speaker: Sonia Gojman de Millán


We plan to start with a brief summary of Bowlby’s original attachment theory as a basic background.

Then a description of the Infant Attachment categories of Mary Ainsworth including the Strange Situation Procedure, and then the subsequent links to the Adult Attachment Interview AAI. 

The scales for coding and classifying AAI transcripts will be mentioned as well as the main classification categories. This introduction will be supported with a power point presentation of slides enlisting the most important aspects, which we will be developing verbally. Participants can ask “burning questions” as they go along.

We then want participants to share a brief experience with some of the questions of the AAI so that they can vividly appreciate some of its coding procedures.

Because it is particularly important for clinicians, we will present some answers that exemplify resolved and unresolved loss and trauma as seen through the AAI.

We will illustrate -with videotaped excerpts of the Mary Ainsworth Strange Situation Procedure- the four infants’ patterns of attachment: Secure, Avoidant, Resistant-Ambivalent and Disorganized.

If there is time enough we will briefly describe our Attachment and Social Character Research in Urban and Rural Mexico.


Sonia Gojman de Millán is a PhD in Psychology and a Psychoanalyst. She was an Executive former Secretary General of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS) 2000-2008 and is an Executive committee member of the Ibero-American network of Attachment RIA. She is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Seminario de Sociopsicoanálisis A.C. (Semsoac). She is a certified Trainer on the Adult Attachment Interview (at the University of Berkeley, California) and certified coder of the Ainsworth Infant Strange Situation Procedure (at the University of Minnesota). She directs the Attachment Research project of Mexican Indian Dyads and their Social Character. Active Social Character Researcher in various community and inter-cultural projects since 1974. Dr. Gojman de Millán was formerly a clinical professor and head of the Social Psychology Department of the Mexican National University (UNAM).

Salvador Millán is a Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst, co-founder, and Training and    Supervising Analyst at the Seminario de Sociopsicoanálisis A.C Semsoac. México City. He co-directs with Sonia Gojman de Millán the Attachment Research Project of Mexican Indian Dyads and their Social Character.  He filmed all strange situations and most home observations of the Attachment research project. Active Social Character Researcher in various communities and intercultural projects, participating with Erich Fromm and Michael Maccoby since 1964 on the Mexican peasant study. Was the Medical director of the Floresta Psychiatric Sanatorium, of the Mexican Health Institution (IMSS). He is co-editor and responsible of Espacio Psicoanalítico (Psychoanalytic Space) the romance Languages (Spanish, Portuguese and Italian) online journal of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies



IAN and AGIP/AppT   members £50; Non-members £65

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