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Seminar: Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level 2

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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 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 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

Pre-requisite: Completion of DDP Level One training

Dates Time Venue
05, 06 and 07 Jul 2021 08:30 am – 02:30 pm Live Online Training
08 and 09 Jul 2021 08:30 am – 01:30 pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Speaker: Hannah Sun-Reid

Hannah Sun-Reid is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Play Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Hannah is a Certified DDP practitioner, consultant and trainer. Hannah has been working with children and families who experience developmental and emotional difficulties, trauma and loss for the last 30 years. She is a certified Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist/Supervisor and training provider. She is also certified in Theraplay and has advanced training in Sandtray-Worldplay, EMDR and TIR. In addition to her clinical work and training for Play Therapists in Canada, she has been travelling to China to train clinicians since 2008 and has been introducing the PACE approach; and will be providing the first DDP Level One training in China in July 2018. Hannah is one of the first group of people trained by Dan Hughes in Canada in 2004. Hannah is grateful to have received guidance and mentoring from Dan Hughes and Sian Phillips her DDP journey, and the support from her local peer group named “Coldsprings Collective”. She enjoys learning and sharing with others and maintains a humble attitude of “I learn from everything I do.” Hannah is also an author of children’s books and therapeutic games. Hannah lives and works in Ontario Canada.

Course Outline

Each participant will have an opportunity to receive consultation about his or her work. It is hoped that people have been able to record their work to get direct consultation using clips. However recording work has become much harder over the years and this is almost impossible if you work in a Local Authority team. If this isn’t possible, consultation and discussion of your practice can be effectively done via specific case discussion.

Sometimes using the idea of “practice in action”, with people in the group role-playing being the child or parent. This can be done as part of a case discussion and picking out a complex or difficult conversation that has happened to discuss in more detail and, for example, consider ways of bringing in PACE. The trainer will always offer to role play being the therapist, social worker or practitioner, as doing this in front of the group can feel daunting and it is usually easier at first to role play being a parent, carer or child.

During the 4 days, practitioners will have opportunities to further develop their skills, talk through work they feel is going well and work where they feel stuck, whatever level they feel they are at. The trainer will tailor the course to meet the consultation and skills training needs of the group.

Therapists will bring examples of their work with children and their parents and caregivers or their work with parents. Sometimes social workers and professionals who work primarily with parents, or in residential or educational settings, wonder what work examples would be helpful to bring. Specific information for social workers has been included below.

Course Objectives

The aims of this training are:

  • To gain a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of the interventions and parenting principles used in this approach.
  • To follow up on any relevant themes that participants would like more teaching on.
  • For each participant to have opportunities to focus on the successes and barriers experienced in applying the model in their practice via supervision or consultation about their work with families or their specific practice. This is the main aim.
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to explore (in small groups of 3 people for one hour a day) how their attachment history and experiences may inform and have an impact on their work.
Who Can Benefit?

Clinical psychologists, social workers, parent mentors, therapists and other practitioners, who have completed the Level One training

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
12 Mar 2021 1700
Normal Till Full 1850