AFCC Webinars

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: Attachment Measures and Theory in Family Law Practice

Benjamin Garber, PhD

September 14, 2021
1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time US/Canada

Registration closes September 13, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time US

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: Attachment Measures and Theory in Family Law Practice

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a test that answered best interests’ questions on par with the way that MRI identifies cancer and MMPI identifies psychopathology? Sorry, but attachment measures are not (yet) that. This is not an introduction to attachment theory and measurement. Participants are expected to be familiar with the basic ideas of attachment security and insecurity, the secure base, and the Strange Situation.  This is, instead, an advanced discussion of the value of attachment theory and the limitations of attachment measures in the context of family litigation. Topics to be covered will include (1) the meaning of assessment under stress, (2) critical differences between individual assessment and systemic assessment, i.e., diagnoses versus dynamics, (3) the attachment network as a window on the development of self-regulation rather than an assessment of a particular relationship, (4) the vulnerability of attachment assessments to concurrent stressors, and (5) the greater efficiency and value of assessing parents’ capacity for sensitive and responsive care.

This webinar is eligible for up to one hour of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20

Benjamin Garber, PhD is a New Hampshire licensed psychologist, parenting coordinator, child and family therapist, and expert consultant to family law matters. Dr. Garber routinely conducts trainings in all areas of child and family development and family law around the world. His popular press and professional publications include seminal articles concerned with the dynamics of the transitioning and conflicted family system. Dr. Garber is the author of ten books, most recently including “A practical Field Guide to Understanding and Responding to High Conflict Family Relationships” (American Bar Association, in press). Learn more at and reach Dr. Garber any time at