Training package

Training package

We are currently considering to organise our next training workshop in late July 2018 in Manchester.

If you are interested in attending a workshop in late July, then please contact us so that we can take this into consideration.

A comprehensive training package

We are delighted to offer a complete training package to be completed within 1 year of the initial workshop, after which the trainee will be able take videotaped interactions and rate them reliably. The training involves active participation in a 3-day intensive workshop in Manchester followed by substantial practice and reliability assessments to produce consistent, statistically reliable ratings as needed for high quality research. The package consists of:

  • Intensive 3-day workshop in Manchester
  • Two sets of practice clips with personalised feedback
  • Extra set of practice clips with detailed feedback (at no extra charge), if needed
  • A two-part coding reliability assessment, with personalised feedback
  • Play interaction recording/administration assessment (optional)
  • All course materials, including MACI coding manual, forms and other materials

Who is the training aimed at?

The training is suitable for researchers who wish to study global (macro-analytic) aspects of caregiver-infant interaction from videotaped clips using a coding scheme that has been validated in normative and at-risk samples. The training assumes that the participant has a basic, undergraduate level of understanding of parenting and infant development, and assumes no prior experience in observing caregiver-infant interactions in a research context. The training requires a substantial time commitment (see below).

What are the components of the training?

a) The workshop

Our small group interactive workshop will involve:

  • Background to the MACI including presentation of yet-to-be published data
  • Detailed discussion of each area of caregiver-infant interaction with exemplars
  • Practice coding exercises including small-group and individual coding
  • Training in set-up and administration
  • Comprehensive grounding for independent coding exercises
  • Certificate of attendance on completion of 3 days

To be a fully trained MACI coder, the trainee must complete and pass the reliability assessment within 12 months of the initial workshop.

b) Practice exercises

Following the 3-day workshop, it is strongly recommended that the trainee begins their practice phase as soon as possible.

Coding: In this period, you will independently rate 16 clips using the MACI, with individualised feedback on each clip to learn from, and opportunity to re-code if needed with secondary rounds of feedback. If the trainee would benefit from extra practice, an extra set of practice clips may be used, included in the cost of the training.

Administration: This is not an essential part of the training (which focuses on coding); however, it is recommended for those who will be administering the MACI. Participants have the opportunity to submit one of their own video recordings of a caregiver-infant interaction from which they will receive personalised feedback. This can be completed before the reliability assessment.

c) Coding reliability assessment

When the level of agreement is sufficiently high in the practice exercises, it is recommended you commence the reliability assessment within 3 weeks. This involves independently rating 14 clips using the MACI, with mid-assessment personalised feedback to work from. A MACI reliable coder certificate is issued on passing this assessment which allows the coder to use the MACI for research purposes.

Any questions?

Please check out our FAQ’s on our website. Any other queries, please contact Ming Wai Wan.


Registration is now open and accepted on a first-come first-served basis:

Individual fee: £850

Research team of 3: £2000

The fee includes the following:

  • 3-day workshop, including slides, training materials, coding manual, and forms
  • Lunch, refreshments and evening reception
  • Provision of post-workshop practice materials (must be returned) and up to 5 rounds of personalised feedback
  • Assessment materials with feedback in MACI coding reliability and administration

Not included in the fee are any further practice materials/feedbacks that may be required beyond that stated above, any additional administration assessments, or any additional training if the participant does not pass reliability within 12 months of the initial workshop.

How to register:

The simplest way to register is to go through e-store, which will also take your payment.

If you require an invoice (must be submitted by 18 August 2017), please contact Ming Wai Wan.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.



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