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DDP Level One (Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy) training

Book your place on DDP Level One (Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy) training to be held on the 4th, 6th, 7th & 8th September 2023 online (9.00am to 3.00pm each day). Email Archways to book your place.

More details here: Activelink

This is an introductory 28-hour training course relevant to professionals and therapists who have experience in communicating with and working therapeutically with children, young people and their families. It is focused on families and residential care homes when children have experienced past developmental trauma and have associated attachment difficulties.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is an intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist from Pennsylvania U.S.A.  DDP is family-based and is focused on facilitating the child’s readiness and ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers. It is an approach that:

  • Integrates recent research in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment theory, to produce a therapeutic and parenting approach that assists professionals to understand and effectively support children with trauma attachment problems and their families
  • Communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE) in order to help the child regulate their feelings (often fear, shame and anger) associated with past experiences and to create together new meanings to be integrated into the child’s life story.
  • Recognises the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play in the recovery of traumatised, attachment-resistant children.