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DDP Level 1 Training

with Dan Hughes, Ph.D.

Presented by AFCTN

Birch Family Services - 104 W 29th St, New York, NY, United States

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Training Information:

This is an introductory 28-hour training course relevant to professionals and therapists who have experience in communicating with and working therapeutically with children and young people and their families. It is focused on families and residential care homes when children have experienced past developmental trauma and have associated attachment difficulties.

This course will run for four consecutive days from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM with the exception of the last day ending at 3:00 PM.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is an intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist from Pennsylvania U.S.A. DDP is family-based and is focused on facilitating the child's readiness and ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers.

It is an approach that:
  • Integrates recent research in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment theory, to produce a therapeutic and parenting approach that assists professionals to understand and effectively support children with trauma attachment problems, and their families
  • Communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE) in order to help the child regulate their feelings (often fear, shame and anger) associated with past experiences and to create together new meanings to be integrated into the child's life story (autobiographical narrative).
  • -Recognizes the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play in the recovery of traumatized, attachment-resistant children.


By the end of this course participants will understand:

  • The impact of secure developmental attachment on neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral development
  • How developmental trauma (abuse and neglect) create insecure and disorganized attachment patterns which impede normal development
  • Principles of psychotherapy, effective communication and parenting that facilitate the development of attachment security
  • Specific strategies of parenting and communication that facilitate the development of a secure attachment and help children integrate past trauma and abusive experiences
  • How the caregiver's attachment history and attachment patterns can be important factors when providing care for children who have experienced developmental trauma.


Refunds, minus a $75.00 administration fee are issued up to one month (January 29th, 2016) prior to the training date. No refund will be issued within a month of the training week unless another participant is able to attend minus the $75.00 fee.

AFCTN reserves the right to cancel or postpone any training because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the training is cancelled or postponed, registrants will be notified by telephone and a full refund will be issued.

Any questions please contact: Daniela Tuda at 212-337-3565 or email:

Recommended Reading: Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook by Daniel H. Hughes, Ph.D.

We are now offering CEU's for NY MSWs. For more information on how to register click here.

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.


R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars
maintains responsibility for this program. 24 CE hours

Social Workers

R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018.

Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course
approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 24 continuing education clock hours.


The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE

course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under
Psychologists and Social Workers

R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 24 contact hours live

Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (24) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE
course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under
Psychologists and Social Workers.

States: If your state is not specifically
listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB
approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as
those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes

Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (24) hours.

Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family
Therapist Board for (24) clock
hours, #RCST110701


Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family
Therapists. Provider #151 24 CE hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors

Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0212 for (24) CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member
which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee,
Provider No. 1749-06, (24) hours
general. Expires 3/31/2016. Complaints
about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards
Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number
(512) 476-7297.


Provider approved by the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304164719171. 24 CE Hours.

R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with
the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (24) CE Hours.


Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (24)
contact hours.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and
while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have
questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board's approval,
we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

For more information on the training content please check out our website:


104 W 29th St, New York, NY, United States (Get Directions)