Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – Level 1 - Four-day training:
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy—is family-based and focused on facilitating the child’s ability to establish a secure attachment. Caregivers are present and engaged in the therapy process. DDP is based on attachment theory, intersubjectivity theory and interpersonal neurobiology and provides clinicians ways of creating safety for both parents and children who are struggling in their relationships. DDP helps parents understand the vulnerability beneath their child’s difficult behaviour and provides tools to help parents respond in ways that co-regulate their child and help them make sense of their experiences. This then helps the child to feel understood and accepted and more open to new experiences in relationships.
Participants build on the information presented in the one day workshop to further understand how to use DDP principles to increase emotional safety, facilitate attachment and help the child resolve traumatic memories and experiences. The principles and interventions are presented through formal presentations, discussion, videotapes of treatment sessions, role-play, and handouts.
This training is 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 24 participants.