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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1



AFA Cymru

Training in Psychological Interventions and Therapeutic Parenting with Children and Adolescents with Trauma-Attachment Problems and their Families

Course information

This is an introductory 4-day training on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an intervention model for families with a child whom has trauma-attachment problems, developed by Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, USA.  In this training, theory and research in the areas of developmental trauma, child development and attachment theory are integrated to produce a therapeutic approach and parenting model used for relationship development and trauma resolution.  DDP recognises the vital role which adoptive parents and foster carers play as primary attachment figures in the recovery of traumatised, attachment-resistant children.


Julie Hudson has been trained by Dan Hughes since 2001.  Julie was accredited by Dan Hughes to be the first UK DDP trainer in 2011.  Since then she has run many Level 1 and Level 2 trainings across the UK

The principles and interventions are presented through formal presentations, discussion, video tape of sessions, role play and handouts.


By the end of this course participants will understand:

  • The impact of secure developmental attachment on neurological, affective, cognitive and behavioural development
  • How developmental trauma (abuse and neglect) create insecure and disorganised attachment patterns which impede normal development
  • Principles of psychotherapy with children and young people that facilitate the development of attachment security and recovery from developmental trauma
  • Specific strategies of parenting that facilitate attachment security and support care-givers in helping children recover from the impact of developmental trauma

Pre-course reading

Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook by Daniel A. Hughes. Norton. 2011 (available from Amazon for approx £20)


This training meets the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Institute requirements to begin the process of becoming accredited as a Practitioner or Associate Practitioner in DDP.  A minimum of 56 hours training is required led by a Certified DDP Trainer prior to beginning the accreditation process.  Level 1 provides 28 of these hours.

Who should attend

The training is relevant and open to therapist and practitioners who have experience in working with children and young people with trauma-attachment problems and their foster, adoptive or birth families.  This includes for example, Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Play Therapists, Art Therapists, Psychiatrists, Social Worker and Residential Care Social Workers.

Adoptive Parents & Foster Carers are welcome to attend with the understanding that the training focuses on how to provide services to children and their families.  It is not appropriate to see this training as an alternative or a  supplement to adoption support services, parenting support or therapeutic intervention that should be provided in the parent’s or foster carer’s local area.

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