DYADIC DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOTHERAPY - Level 1

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TrainerDr Sian Phillips (CAD)
CPD Hrs28
IncludesCatering, handbook and certificate

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy/ Practice (DDP) is an intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist (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 called Dyadic Developmental Practice both to focus attention on the importance of reciprocity in parenting, caregiving and therapy, and also to draw attention to the fact that abuse, neglect and trauma can seriously impact on the child’s developmental age and stage. This intervention is theoretically based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity, and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma. It is an approach that:

  • Integrates 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.
  • Provides a set of principles that can support networks; inform and enrich parenting; and can support the child outside of the home eg in residential settings and at school

Participants are referred to the Healing Relational Trauma with Attachment Focused Interventions which underpins this training.

 

It is an approach which limits shame, promotes compassion and brings a sense of mutual support, strength and resilience.

Dan Hughes, DDP Founder

Dan Hughes

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/parents/caregivers affected by relational and developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.This could be with 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.

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