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Places Available: Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level One Training

Psychological interventions and parenting approaches with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma and have attachment difficulties

Archways have a limited number of places remaining on the DDP training that will take place over the following dates: the 2nd, 3rd, 16th and 17th February, 2022 via Zoom. To register your interest or for more information, please email Noel Fox at Archways on

The cost of the training is €950 per person.

This is an introductory course relevant to professionals and therapists who have experience in communicating with and working therapeutically with children and 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 (autobiographical narrative).

• Recognises the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play in the recovery of traumatised, attachment-resistant children.