Founded in 2007 by Rebecca Carr-Hopkins, we are a team of highly qualified, experienced and trusted professionals. Our expert knowledge of adult and child attachment is frequently called on by the family courts in the UK and Ireland. We deliver innovative and fun training programmes and offer interventions to families that are supportive and empowering.
Rebecca qualified as a social worker in 1996, and has over twenty five years experience of working with children and families. She has worked independently since 2007 and has substantial experience of providing expert opinion to the family courts in respect of risk and parenting issues. She is one of the UK’s best trained experts in attachment with research level coder reliability in numerous methods for formally assessing attachment. She lectures in Attachment Studies at the University of Roehampton, teaching on the Masters and Postgraduate Certificate programmes. She is authorised to teach a range of the developmentally sequenced attachment assessments tied to the Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation, including the Infant CARE-Index, the Infant Strange Situation Procedure, the School age-Assessment of Attachment and the Adult Attachment Interview. She delivers these trainings locally, nationally and internationally.
Alongside this specialist training, she frequently delivers generic attachment training to a social care audience. She also delivers training on supervision, direct work with children, thresholds and court skills for social workers. She is a trained Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) guider and supervisor and trained in other methods of interventions for families, including Development Dyadic Psychotherapy (DDP-Stage 1) and Watch Wait and Wonder.
Paul qualified as a social worker in 2010, and has over ten years experience of working with children and families. He has worked independently since 2017 providing expert opinion to the family courts on numerous occasions. He also works part time as a lecturer in Human Growth and Development in the Social Work department at the University of Brighton teaching on the Batchelors and Masters programmes and undertakes connected persons assessments. He has a specialist interest in attachment having completed training in Attachment and Psychopathology (2014) and the Adult Attachment Interview (2015). He has a high level of coder reliability, is a VIG practitioner (in training) and delivers group work and individual programmes with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
In addition, Paul is currently studying for his PGCE In Higher Education and has recently commenced further employment as a research associate on a privately funded project considering how to engage and work effectively with ‘hard to reach’ and ‘vulnerable’ young men. He is a director of ‘Making It Out’, a Community Interest Company that works with young offenders and prison leavers to engage them in design and making activities.
Paul delivers training on attachment, legal thresholds, working with perpetrators of sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviour in children.
Helen qualified as a social worker in 1999, and has over twenty five years experience of working with children and families. She has worked independently since 2009 and has extensive experience of undertaking specialized risk, parenting and sibling assessments; providing expert opinion in the family courts; planning and providing therapeutic interventions to children and families in adoptive, birth family and foster care setting and providing consultancy and supervision services to a variety of multi-agency professionals. She is known for providing insightful and rigorous assessments and enabling and empowering interventions in a reliable and timely manner.
Helen is also an independent trainer offering a variety of courses to a social care audience and to parents and foster carers. Topics include attachment; planning for permanency, sibling relationship assessments and the impact of developmental trauma on mind, brain and body.
She is passionate about the use of evidenced based, well-validated tools for assessment and interventions as a means of providing more objective robust understandings and supporting families. Helen is trained in a range of the developmentally sequenced attachment assessments tied to the Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation, including the Infant Strange Situation Procedure, the Pre-School Assessment of Attachment, the School Age-Assessment of Attachment and the Adult Attachment Interview. She is also trained in various methods of intervention including Video Interactive Guidance [Level 2], Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy [Level 1] and Theraplay [Level 1].
Brita qualified as a social worker in 2005, and has over twelve years experience of working with children and families. She has a particular interest in attachment and trauma and has completed further studies in this area. She has a Masters Degree in Attachment Studies from the University of Roehampton and is trained in a range of developmentally sensitive assessment procedures from the Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation. These include the Infant CARE-Index, the Pre-school Assessment of Attachment, the School age-Assessment of Attachment and the Adult Attachment Interview. Brita holds research level of reliability for coding DMM-Adult Attachment Interviews as well as reliability in the Marschak Interaction Method [Dyadic-Emotional Interaction Scales] coding method.
She is also trained in a number of interventions, including Mentalisation Based Therapy-Fostering and Sensory Attachment Intervention. This extensive training allows Brita to undertake bespoke parenting and risk assessments and provide expert opinion to the family courts.
Emma qualified as a social worker in 2011 in the Republic of Ireland. She worked for 3 years in Ireland before moving to England in 2014. Prior to this, she worked as a social care worker in numerous residential units for children including high support and secure units. Emma’s experience includes child protection and safeguarding as well as completing attachment assessments and therapeutic work with vulnerable young person’s team in a CAMHS team.
Emma graduated from the University of Roehampton in 2016 with a Masters in Attachment Studies with Distinction. She is trained to administer numerous attachment assessment procedures including the Infant Care-Index, Pre-school assessment of attachment, School age assessment of attachment, Child Attachment and Play assessment and the Adult Attachment Interview. She is working towards achieving reliability in a number of these measures.
Emma has extensive experience of court work in both England and Ireland. She has worked independently since 2016 completing fostering assessments and parenting capacity assessments alongside her Local Authority work. She is committed to continuous professional development and has undertaken various training courses in relation to child development, trauma, mental health, domestic abuse and sensory and therapeutic interventions. Emma is Level one Theraplay trained and has completed training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Emma has also completed Attachment theory in Clinical Practice training at the Bowlby centre.