A two-day workshop on Attachment and Interactional Analysis for Psychologists and Social workers and Mediators who assess children. This workshop explores the types of attachment from early childhood to adolescence and will enable the participant to evaluate the interactional patterns between parent-child, the attachment and the relationship with utilisation of specific techniques and procedures.
Case studies enforce knowledge obtained during the workshop.


This workshop is presented by Dr Ronel Duchen and Irma Schutte.

Dr Ronel Duchen has been practising as a Counselling psychologist since July 1994. She holds the following degrees from RAU: BSc (Mathematical Sciences), National Higher Education Diploma, BSc (Hon), MA (Psychology) (cum laude) and a D.Litt. et Phil.
Her practice consist of forensic work and includes psychological assessments and testifying in civil and criminal matters. She has testified as an expert witness in the High, Regional and Magistrate Courts, as well as the CCMA. The focus of her work is mediation and the drafting of Parenting Plans.
Dr Duchen serves on the panel of experts working with the Office of the Family Advocate. She is a trained mediator and provides continuous professional development training and supervision. Dr Duchen developed the Familyzone Grid System.

Irma Schutte is a senior social worker with twenty-five years ‘experience in the field of child and family care. She obtained the degree BA (SW) in 1987 and her MA (SW) cum Laude in 1995. She worked in the child and family care system for a period of ten years before embarking on the academic field of employment, joining the University of Pretoria.
Mrs Schutte has been in private practice since 1996. Her areas of specialisation are all matters relating to families and children, divorce, sexual abuse, child therapy and mediation.
Mrs Schutte was also the founder of the annual conference: “Dealing with children and divorce”, aimed at linking different professions in the field of divorce and providing them with skills to deal more effectively with divorce related matters. Mrs Schutte is also a contributor to various workshops which are presented nationally.

Workshop Summary

Date: 28 - 29 March 2017
Duration: 2 days
CPDs: HPCSA pending; SACSSP 7
Venue: Accolades Boutique Venue, 72 Dale Road, Midrand
Cost: R3 500 per delegate
Register online or download the registration form.

Topics expected to be covered

  • Types of attachment.
  • Attachment in young children, middle childhood and adolescence.
  • Attachment theory
  • Interactional analysis - theory and process
  • Tasks for different age groups to be assessed
  • Observation methods in interactional analysis
  • Evaluation and Assessment of family interactional patterns

Workshop Program

09:00 Registration
09:15 What is an interactional analysis?
19:45 Definition of the interactional analysis
  • settings in which to uitlize the interactional analysis
  • histrorical background of the interactional analysis
  • the five dimentions of the interactional analysis
10:00 An overview of the four types of attachment
11:00 Tea
11:30 Conducting an interactional analysis between a parent and a child (0 - 3 years old)
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Video example of the different types of attachment
15:00 Conducting an interactional analysis between a parent and a child (6 - 12 years old)
16:00 End of day
9:00 Conducting an interactional analysis between a parent and an adolescent
9:30 Process of conducting the interactional analysis
10:00 Setting up the room for the interactional analysis
10:15 Conducting the intake interview with a parent
11:00 Tea and refreshments
11:30 Observational methods in the interactional analysis
12:00 Conducting the interactional analysis using videos of actual Interactional Analysis including reference to cultural factors.
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Assessment of family interactional patterns
15:00 Approaches to specific problems
16:00 Closure and certificates