DDP Level One Training
This is an introductory 28-hour training 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.
By the end of this course participants will understand:
- The impact of secure developmental attachment on neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioural development
- How developmental trauma (abuse and neglect) create insecure and disorganised attachment patterns which impede normal development
- Principles of psychotherapy, effective communication and parenting that facilitate the development of attachment security
- Specific strategies of parenting and communication that facilitate the development of a secure attachment and help children integrate past trauma and abusive experiences
- How the caregiver’s attachment history and attachment patterns can be important factors when providing care for children who have experienced developmental trauma.
In this four-day training, principles and interventions are presented through formal discussion, case examples, videotape of therapy sessions, role-play, and hand-outs.
A full description of the content for each of the four days can be found here.
A MAXIMUM of 27 participants is permitted.
Presented by: Sian Phillips, Ph.D.,C.Psych. is a psychologist in private practice in Kingston, Canada. She specializes in the assessment of trauma and attachment difficulties and works with children, foster parents and adoptive parents using Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy ®©. Sian is a certified DDP therapist, consultant and international trainer. Currently she is trying to help the education system better understand children who have experienced developmental trauma and has developed specialized school programs to work with children who cannot manage the regular school system due to their trauma and attachment difficulties. This work can be accessed at https://www.traumainformededucation.ca. Sian also provides training to professionals to help develop a greater understanding of how trauma impacts all aspects of development and how to develop relational safety as a foundation for developing trust and healing. She is the co-author of Working with Relational Trauma in Schools and Belonging.
Audience: This training is suitable for professionals who have experience in working with children and families, or parents or caregivers, whose children have experienced developmental trauma and show attachment and relationship difficulties with their primary caregivers. This could be with adoptive parents, foster parents, kinship carers, or caregivers, such as in residential homes.
Mental Health Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Workers, Family Therapists, Child Protection and Disability Workers, Guidance Officers, Speech and Language Therapists, Residential Care Workers and Foster Support Workers, and all other mental health professionals looking to support young people and their parents/carers.