Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy - Level One

Course overview

This is an introductory 4-Day, 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 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 USA.  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 parents, foster carers and residential workers play in the recovery of traumatised, attachment-resistant children. 

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 psychotherapy, 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. 

Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th May 2020

9.30am to 4.30pm daily

(please note that due to VE Day anniversary celebrations the May bank holiday has been moved and is now on Friday 8th May, so the training runs over the bank holiday weekend)

Dan Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma. This treatment occurs in a family setting and the treatment model has expanded to become a general model of family treatment. Dan has conducted seminars, workshops, and spoken at conferences throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia for the past 20 years. He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals. He is the founder of DDPI a training Institute which is responsible for the certification of professionals in DDP. Information about DDPI can be found on ddpnetwork.org

Dan is the author of many books and articles. These include Building the Bonds of Attachment, 3rd Ed. (2017), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011) and, with Jon Baylin, Brain-Based Parenting (2012) and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (2016). Along with Kim Golding and Julie Hudson, Dan has recently had published Healing relational trauma with attachment-focused interventions: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with children and families (W.W. Norton, 2019).  

Dan has a limited practice in South Portland, Maine, USA. www.danielhughes.org

Dan will be joined by Kim S. Golding, BSc, MSc, D. Clin. Psy. AFBPsS

Kim is a clinical psychologist who worked with children and families within the NHS in England for over 30 years. She now works independently through her company Kim S Golding Ltd.

Kim has always been interested in parenting and collaborating with parents or carers to develop their parenting skills tailored to the particular needs of the children they are caring for. Kim is author of several books written for parents, educational staff and practitioners supporting children with experience of developmental trauma. She has developed two DDP-informed programmes: ‘The Nurturing Attachments Training Resource’; and ‘Foundations for Attachment Training Resource’. Two books: ‘Nurturing Attachments’ and ‘Everyday Parenting with Love and Security’ have been written to accompany these programmes.

Kim is a consultant and trainer in DDP. She sits on the board of DDPI and is a director of DDP Connect UK.


Asia House

63 New Cavendish Street



There are limited places available on the DDP Level One course. Please contact us at cpdevents@tavi-port.ac.uk to check availability.
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