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CARE-Index (Infants) training

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Nr Lyme Regis, Devon

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The course is 8 days in total, 20/9/17-22/9/17; 11/10/17-13/10/17; 9/11/17-10/11/17

Between the training days there will be video clips to watch and score. At the end of the training there will be a reliability test.

The course is held in East Devon which is an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to the Jurassic coast town of Lyme Regis. There is easy access from London as Axminster is on the mainline Waterloo to Exeter line. Accommodation can be found in nearby B&Bs.

The CARE-Index is the simplest and most versatile of the DMM measures. It assesses mother-infant interaction from birth to about two years of age based on a short, videotaped play interaction of 3-5 minutes. Once the coder is trained, coding of an interaction takes about 15-20 minutes. The measure assesses mothers on three scales: sensitivity, control and unresponsiveness. There are also four scales for infants: cooperativeness, compulsivity, difficultness, and passivity. These scales tend to be related to the maternal scales in the order listed.

The scales

1. Are highly correlated with the infant Strange Situation assessment patterns of attachment
2. Differentiate abusing from neglecting, abusing-and-neglecting, marginally maltreating, and adequate dyads
3. Can be used during intervention, and
4. Can be used to assess the effectiveness of intervention.

The information derived from the CARE-Index can be used in assessments, to guide interventions and for research / evaluation of interventions. The CARE-Index is easily applied to "live" observations made by nurses, infant teachers, clinicians, children centre workers and social workers. Needless to say, such observations cannot be treated as reliable when video is not used, but the method is effective in the same way that other guided observations or interviews are; furthermore, specific training of what to look for sharpens both one's observation and one's ability to tell others exactly what the dyad did and why it should be interpreted in a particular manner.

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