DDP was developed by Dan Hughes. It is attachment focused and family based, tailored to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma and loss. It focuses on facilitating the child’s ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers. Level One covers theories and research of Attachment, Intersubjectivity and Trauma which are the primary models used for relationship development and trauma resolution. Various approaches are blended into the the model including Family Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Psychodynamic principles and interventions congruent with Theraplay and Narrative work. Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy are actively communicated to the child in order to co-regulate the affect associated with their past experiences and to co-construct new meanings of these experiences for them. DDP also provides a model of parenting and support.
The core components will be explored through discussion and experiential exercises.
To understand the importance of attachment and security as a protective factor in situations of childhood trauma
Have an understanding of basic attachment principles and intersubjectivity
Develop specific therapeutic interventions based in attachment and trauma theory and research
Understand the role of the caregiver in the treatment of children with trauma and attachment problems
Develop specific parenting interventions to facilitate attachment, security and trauma resolution within the home
Who Should attend:
Social Workers and other professional working in adoption and permanency, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Counsellors, professionals who support children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma