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Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology
with Andrea Landini M.D. in Iceland and online 

Family Portrait


This course focuses on the development, prevention and treatment of psychological disorder from infancy to adulthood. It weaves together theory, human development, assessment, case examples and treatment applications to reframe maladaptive behavior in terms of strategies for self-protection. The course emphasizes the process of adaptation and developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology. The course is aimed at professionals who work with troubled families or individuals, including, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, social workers, teachers and nurses.

The aspects of adult development to be covered are chosen to enhance treatment of psychological maladaptation of adults and children (including families with child maltreatment, psychiatric disorder, and criminality). The course emphasizes adaptation and ways to change developmental pathways that carry risk for psychopathology. Reorganisation and building resilience are treated as central to successful intervention. General and Family Functional Formulations will be introduced to highlight DMM Integrative Treatment.

The model used is the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation. The DMM is a strength-based model that is relevant to individuals who are at-risk, have been exposed to danger, display disturbed or maladaptive behaviour, or are diagnosed as having a psychiatric disorder. Emphasis is given to how attachment explains maladaptive behaviour and how that is tied to culture and dangerous conditions.

The course will be taught on location in Lifsgaedasetur St.Jó. in Hafnarfjordur (Reykjavik metro area) and also online via Zoom. 

Course outline

ANP (Attachment, Neurodevelopment, & Psychopathology) is structured developmentally and consists of lecture with slides, video, and interview transcripts to demonstrate the patterns and principles of development. A set of readings and exercises, tied to each day’s material, is offered.

An introduction is given to the DMM suite of assessments of attachment and adaptation:


NOTE: ANP is prerequisite to all assessment courses, e.g., the Adult Attachment Interview.

Course text

Crittenden, P. M. (2016). Raising Parents: Attachment, Representation, and Treatment. London: Routledge. With additional readings and written assignments, this course can count toward earning the “DMM-informed Mental Health Practitioner Certificate“.

Course programme

  • Course overview and central ideas

  • Infant development: the need for parental protection and comfort

  • The Ainsworth ABC patterns of attachment

  • CARE-Index (ICI) Assessment with video

  • Child abuse and neglect

  • Post-natal depression and psychosis

  • Preschool development: the need for parent-child protective hierarchy

  • The coercive and compulsive self-protection strategies

  • Cross-generational parent-to-child strategies

  • The Toddler CARE-Index (TCI)

  • Several of the following: Adoption, foster care, ADHD, autism, child sexual abuse

  • Reducing coercive behaviour

  • School-age development: Gaining independence, new attachment figures

  • Obsessive and deceptive strategies

  • Somatization

  • The School-age Assessment of Attachment (SAA)

  • Treatment: Hidden problems, recommended and risky practices

  • Adolescence: Integrating sexuality with attachment

  • Sexual disorders and sexual offending

  • Dangerous gaps in services and preventative opportunities

  • Overview and central ideas of treatment in adulthood

  • Adult psychological development

  • Protective strategies associated with severe psychopathology

  • Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)

  • Parent Interview

  • General & Family Functional Formulation

  • IASA Family Attachment Court Protocol

  • DMM Integrative Treatment


NOTE: Andrea Landini intends to cover all topics listed above, but dependent on time and audience requirements, cannot guarantee that all areas will be addressed.


Each session includes:
  • A developmental overview

  • Information processing as it affects self- and child-protective behaviour

  • Description of new self-protective strategies that develop at the age level

  • An application of DMM ideas to generate a novel approach to maladaptation

  • Treatment strategies drawn from all the major theories of treatment and selected on the basis of information processing and strategy


Learning outcomes


New skills:
  • Perceiving discrepant behaviour: seeing commonly overlooked clues to trouble

  • Identifying false-positive affect: uncovering hidden problems in their early stages

  • Differentiating symptoms and self-protective strategies: specifying how symptoms function

  • Functional formulation: Moving beyond diagnoses to understanding behaviour

  • Understanding how exposure to danger stunts adults’ development

  • Matching treatment to adults’ competencies

  • Using knowledge of adults’ strategic functioning to identify strengths


Treatment planning – choosing treatment strategies to:
  • Increase efficiency

  • Lower cost

  • Reduce risk of iatrogenic harm


Take-away Tools:
  • Level of Family Functioning Scale

  • Gradient of Intervention Scale

  • Level of Parental Reasoning Scale


Fri, Oct 20, 2023

Sat, Oct 21, 2023

Sun, Oct 22, 2023

Mon, Oct 23, 2023



Andrea Landini
M.D. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


09:00-16:00 UTC +0 GMT

09:00-16:00 UTC +0 GMT

09:00-16:00 UTC +0 GMT

09:00-12:00 UTC +0 GMT


EUR 760


Lífsgæðasetur St. Jó, Suðurgata 41,
220 Hafnarfjordur


The course will also be
taught online via Zoom


For bookings and further information, please contact 

Andrea Landini


Andrea Landini, M.D., is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Modena and his training as a Cognitive-Constructivist Psychotherapist at Centro Studi in Psicoterapia Cognitiva (Firenze). His clinical practice includes psychotherapy with adults, adolescents and families, supervision of staff caring for out-of- home youth, and supervision of psychotherapy students. He collaborated with Crittenden in the development of the Dynamic-Maturational Model, publishing chapters on DMM assessment applications of the DMM treatment.Andrea teaches the DMM and its assessment methods in Italy and internationally and teaches at several Italian schools of cognitive and family systems psychotherapy.

Andrea Landini, M.D

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