Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDP)

Dafna Lender

Workshop Description

Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDP): Psychological interventions and parenting approaches with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental trauma and have attachment difficulties. This is an introductory 4-day course on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, the intervention model developed by Dr. Daniel Hughes.

This approach assists therapists and other professionals to understand and effectively support children, young people and their families. In this model, theory and research in the areas of developmental trauma, attachment theory, inter subjectivity and child development are integrated to produce a therapeutic approach used for relationship development and trauma resolution. DDP recognizes the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play as primary attachment figures in the recovery of traumatized, attachment-resistant children.

This course is suitable for parents, social workers, child and youth workers, caregivers or teachers working with children with attachment issues. This training is also relevant for therapists and clinicians who want to increase their skill set of attachment focused treatment. The model is relevant for those working with children aged four through to adult years. This is phase one of certification in DDP Training and is limited to 16 participants.

The principles and interventions are presented through formal presentations, discussion, videotape of sessions, role-play, and handouts.