Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – Foundational and Advanced

Courses in the Brain Based Attachment Model for working with traumatised children, young people and their carers and families, developed by Dan Hughes.

As an emerging knowledge base, the neuroscience of caregiving is critical to responding to the needs of  traumatised  and at-risk children and young people. An in-depth understanding of attachment and the process of therapeutic parenting has been used as the basis for the development of therapeutic foster care, residential and family group home programs. It is also at the heart of family support services that aim to strengthen parenting capacity through enhancing attunement and self-reflection. 

Dr  Dan Hughes has been at the forefront of using attachment and neuroscience in resourcing adaptive and positive connections between  traumatised  children and their parents or caregivers. His approach is family  centred  and offers very practical strategies for a wide range of professionals who work with vulnerable children and their relationship contexts.

What is Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is the model of intervention developed by Dan Hughes over the past three decades. It offers a treatment approach to trauma, loss, and/or other dysregulating experiences, that is based on principles derived from the theories and research of attachment, intersubjectivity, and trauma. 

To download a copy of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy  brochure can be found here

At the Foundation we offer:

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1
Advanced Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 2
Certification in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

At the end of this course, participants are eligible to apply to become certified as a Dyadic Developmental Practitioner. 

The certification process involves a supervised practicum where they submit 10 video sessions of their work to a certified DDP supervisor who provides them with feedback and opportunities for practice reflection.

After the supervised practicum, you will be a certified DDP practitioner related to your qualifications. For example, you will be a certified DDP therapist, caseworker, parent mentor.

Course Fee per Level:
March courses:

Early Bird Rate - $1,950 (registrations received on or before 31st January 2019)
Standard Rate - $2,200 (Registrations received on or after 1st February 2019)

June courses:
Early Bird Rate - $1,950 (registrations received on or before 19th April 2019)
Standard Rate - $2,200 (Registrations received on or after 20th April 2019)

November courses:
Early Bird Rate - $1,950 (registrations received on or before 21st June 2019)
Standard Rate - $2,200 (Registrations received on or after 22nd June 2019)

Please note that if you register within the Early Bird Rate, the course discount will be applied against the payment page of your registration.

Download a copy of the course brochure here

Learning Outcomes

  • A detailed description of course content can be found in the course brochure


Target Audience

This course is essential for child protection, out of home care, family support and mental health professionals who are interested in more centrally engaging with the power of relationships to heal and transform the trauma associated with abuse, violence and neglect.


Our Trainers

All training sessions delivered by the Australian Childhood Foundation are facilitated by members of our therapeutic services and professional education services teams. These staff members are qualified and experienced professionals that are engaging in trauma-informed practice with children, young people and families across Australia. Training team members draw on their practice wisdom and current experiences to contextualise the training content to practice challenges and successes.  They are able to link the theory and research to improved outcomes.  

Learning Methods

The training courses in DPP are both theoretical and practical. They provide real strategies that enable practitioners who work with relationships to know what to say, when and why, so as to orient children and caregivers to each other’s reciprocal needs in a way that opens up a rapport, trust and a receptiveness to growth and development.


Register Now

Name Start Date Time Location Cost
Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy 7 - 11 February 2022   09:30 am - 03:00 pm Virtual Classroom $2,200.00
Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy 17 - 23 February 2022   09:30 am - 03:00 pm Virtual Classroom $2,200.00
Level 2 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy 21 - 25 March 2022   09:30 am - 03:00 pm Virtual Classroom $2,200.00
Level 1 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy 25 - 29 April 2022   09:30 am - 03:00 pm Virtual Classroom $2,200.00

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