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DDP Mini Conference - Town & County Hall, Town House, Broad Street Aberdeen. 26/2/19 09:00-16:00

Aberdeen Conferences

Conference Title: A one-day introduction to the principles and practices of Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting (DDP)

Presenters:

  • Edwina Grant, Chair of Scottish Attachment In Action, Chartered Educational Psychologist and Certified DDP Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer
  • Fiona Lettice, Development Worker for Scottish Attachment In Action and Adoptive Parent

This conference will provide an overview of the core principles and practices of Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting (DDP). It will be of interest to both professionals and also parents/parenting figures who support, care for and teach children and young people who present troubled and troubling behaviour due to relational loss and trauma.

DDP, developed by Clinical Psychologist Dan Hughes, is a therapeutic model for understanding and supporting the recovery of children and young people who have experienced neglect and abuse in their birth families and are now in the care of safe parenting figures – adoptive parents, foster care, kinship care, residential care. DDP is based on and brings together attachment theory, intersubjectivity theory, what we understand about developmental trauma and the neurobiology of trauma.

DDP recognises the vital role that adoptive parents, foster parents, relatives, and residential workers play as attachment figures for children who have experienced trauma and loss early in life. Troubled children have often had many changes in the people who look after them and, understandably, find it hard to trust adults. They may believe that parents and carers are not safe and cannot always be turned to for comfort and joy. These are children and young people who can be resistant to therapeutic interventions and despite love, care, security and consistency steadfastly refuse to accept that they are loveable or likeable and want to control everybody and everything around them. They are often full of rage and shame and can have parenting figures tearing their hair out and feeling helpless to support or boundary them.

Central to DDP is the therapeutic and parenting attitude of PACE: Playful, Accepting, Curious, Empathy. DDP helps the children and young people to learn to trust, to emotionally regulate and to make sense of their behaviour in the now and in the past.

It is helpful to children and families if all professionals supporting them - in social work, education and health - have a model that brings together knowledge about the impact of developmental trauma. Dyadic Developmental Practice is an all encompassing approach that includes parenting, caring for and teaching children and young people as well as the therapy. It helps the professionals understand, work together with and be effective in their support of children and their families.

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