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Building a trusting relationship with the help of DDP
Conference, 12–13 Nov 2018, Tampere, Finland

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for international participants only – see details page!

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About the Conference

The DDP Method (Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy and Parenting) was originally developed by Daniel Hughes, PhD. It is a family based model for working with and parenting of children that have been hurt, neglected and experience attachment disruption. These children have experienced developmental trauma and are at a greater risk of functional, relational and physical difficulties for up to 50 years of life, if untreated (ACE Study). Because of their past they are likely to struggle with healthy parenting.

DDP aims to facilitate a trusting, intersubjective, relational bond with the deployment of special tools and attitudes, including a therapeutic stance called PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy), Affective/Reflective Dialogue and other interventions.

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Conference 27 – 28 Nov, 2017, Tampere ~ The significance and power of attachment focused approach on treating relational trauma and in everyday relationships

SPECIAL OFFER for our international participants only!
You are entitled to a 50 Euro discount off the registration fee if registering by two weeks before the event. Please mention the discount request in Additional information of the registration form.

About the conference: Conference enlarges our perspective as to why it is so important to see everyday carers as an essential part of the therapy sessions in the treatment of developmental trauma disorder. Focusing on the attachment relationship in treatment reaches various developmental levels that are more primary and physiologic in nature, which is so necessary when treating children who have experienced abuse and neglect at a young age.  The interventions focus nonverbal communication of trust, safety and connection, and these encounter make it possible to increasingly reach the verbal level.

The goal of behavior – even if disturbing – is the desire to be understood and connected. Personality development is always interpersonal, in between  people, and the significance of this fact is into focus in both Theraplay and DDP. The basic point is to establish more secure style of attachment for caring adults and help adults in creating healing day-to- day interaction with young people. Adult´s ability to be playful, emotionally self-regulated, reflective and sensitive is the key in helping a child/youngster build a more trusting attachment model, to develop one´s own self-regulation and the ability to structure experiences that have often been devastating.

This training is also suitable for those who work with adult clients/patients, because it enlarges our understanding of the basic elements of healing interaction and why Theraplay´s and DDP´s core principles are also adaptable to adult therapy and treatment.

In addition to learning the theory and research that are the bases of these intervention models, participants will learn concrete tools for getting through a child’s defensiveness and feelings of shame to allow them to feel open towards receiving support from their adult attachment figure.  Furthermore, the workshop will focus on getting parents to feel less defensive and more cooperative so they can focus on their child’s healing.

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

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the concept of developmental trauma
  • Define the four attitudes of PACE
  • Describe the concept of the Affective-Reflective Dialogue
  • List at least two signs that indicate when a child needs movement, touch, rhythm or play rather than relying on verbal expression
  • Describe at least two behavioral signs that suggest focusing on the affective experience rather than reflective experience
  • List at least two methods for reducing defensiveness and increasing cooperation of parents

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Confer speaker: Dafna Lender (USA) is both Theraplay® and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP®) therapist, consultant and trainer. She has a long history in treating children and adolescents who suffer from various attachment disorders and who are very difficult to take care of. Both models intensively include the carers whether they are biological, adoptive or foster parents/carers.

Registration fee:  Now 450 € (inc. EU VAT 24 % 87,10 €, without VAT 362,90 €)
After 22.10. regisration fee is 490 € (inc. EU VAT 24 % 94,84 €, without VAT 395,16 €)
Registration fee for one day is 280 € (inc. EU VAT 24 % 54,39 €, without VAT 226,61 €).

Includes interpreting Eng-Fin-Eng, handouts, lunches & coffees.

Registered attendees will receive further information regarding payment and other details before the event by e-mail. Please read your mail carefully.

Location: Valtatie 30 Auditorium, Hatanpään Valtatie 30, Tampere
Valtatie 30 stands on the Hatanpää Valtatie, just a stone’s throw away from the Tampere city center. On the opposite of the estate, one can enjoy the historical sceneries of the Hatanpää mansion and its beautiful park.

We recommend attendees to use public transport. Distance from Tampere railway station nearly 1 km and from buss station nearly 500 meters.

Terms of cancellation: Registration is binding. In case the attendee cancels, the following fees are charged:
1 month prior to event or earlier 75 €;
2 weeks prior to event half of the price;
later than that, full price. Should ”force majeure” circumstances lead to a cancellation of this event, the organisers’ liability is limited to the refund of registration fees only and not any other possible costs a registered person or organisation may have.

Accommodation: For affordable accommodation at even 40-50% below list prices, we recommend My Private Travel. Sign-in is required. 
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Conference 27. – 28.11.2017 PROGRAM