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AFA Cymru Conference: DDP informed parenting: the power of PACE to stay open and engaged when parenting traumatized children ‘a day with Kim Golding’



AFA Cymru

Conference Information

Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) was developed by Dan Hughes as part of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. An approach to helping children who have experienced trauma from within the family. DDP-informed parenting helps parents to emotionally connect with their children in ways which increases feelings of safety and security. This recognises that the children often fear such connection and supports parents to help their children overcome these fears. Using two hands for parenting, emotional connection and nurture combines with boundaries and discipline to provide a ‘connection with correction’ approach to parenting children. It draws on the parents’ capacity for emotional regulation and to be mind-minded so that they can adopt the attitude of PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) as described by Dan Hughes.

Conference Speaker

Kim Golding is a Clinical Psychologist living in Worcestershire, UK. Kim worked with children and families within the NHS for thirty years, specialising in working with parents or carers to develop their parenting skills tailored to the particular needs of the children they are caring for. She was involved in the setting up and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children; providing support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children growing up in care or in adoptive families. Kim now has her own business providing training, consultation and supervision.

Kim currently sits on the board of the DDP institute and is involved in accrediting and training other professionals in this approach, developed by Dan Hughes. She is also a director of the Community Interest Company: ‘DDP Connects UK’. Kim co-authored: ‘Healing Relational Trauma with Attachment-Focused Interventions Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Children and Families’ with Dan Hughes and Julie Hudson, published December 2018.

Kim has additionally developed two DDP-informed programmes. ‘The Nurturing Attachments Training Resource’; and ‘Foundations for Attachment Training Resource’. Kim’s ‘Everyday Parenting with Love and security’ has been written to accompany Foundations for Attachment.

Who should attend 

This conference is aimed at practitioners as well as foster and adoptive parents who want to increase their understanding of parenting a child who is insecure because of the experience of developmental trauma.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day – please ensure that you have advised us of any special dietary requirements

Please do not make any travel or accommodation arrangements until you have received written confirmation from us regarding your place on this conference.

Booking form:

Booking Form re 6 Feb 2019


Valerie Leung


02920 761155


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