A Brain Based Attachment Model for Working with Traumatised Children, Young people and their Carers and Families.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

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.

This introductory training course in DDP provides the core knowledge of theory, principles, and interventions that are central to developing the skills necessary to practising DDP successfully.

Why study Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy?

Hear from Foundation CEO Dr Joe Tucci on why he believes this modality is so valuable.

We offer Level 1, 2 and Complete Certification

Study and complete your certification with us

The training courses in DDP provide the core knowledge of theory, principles, and interventions that are central in developing the skills necessary to practising DDP successfully.

Level 1 and Level 2 courses each involve 4 days (28 hours) of in-depth learning with the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute’s Dr Sian Phillips. Each is offered in small groups of a maximum of 30 people. The small group approach ensures maximum participation, relevant case discussion and opportunities for real skill building.

At the end of Level 2, 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.

Level One, Level Two and Level Three