NEW: Therapeutic Parenting and Care in Healing Childhood Wounds, Conference, 12-13 Nov 2018

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

SPECIAL DISCOUNT for international participants only!
If attending from outside Finland, you are entitled to a discount of EUR 90,- off the registration fee when registering at least four weeks before the event. Please mention the discount request in Additional information of the registration form.

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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.

This work neurologically “lights up” those parts of the brain that enable an individual to be open and engaged vs. defensive (Porges) even when early trauma has occurred. DDP is a top-down, bottom up approach which enables the child to integrate trauma and loss, embrace new parenting, help to regulate emotional states and improve reflective functioning.

The Conference deepens our understanding of why it is so important to see everyday carers as an essential part of a therapeutic process in the treatment of developmental trauma disorder. Focusing on the attachment relationship in treatment reaches various developmental levels that are more primary and physiological in nature, which is fundamental when treating children who have experienced abuse and neglect at a young age. The interventions utilize nonverbal communication of trust, safety and connection, building up capacity to trust and explore the autobiographical narrative from an emotionally safe base. Co-regulation of emotional state gradually leads to increased capacity of self-regulation and reflection, and integration of past and current events into a coherent life story, thus enabling a person to 

Behind behavior – even if disturbing – is the desire to be understood and connected. Development of personality always takes place interpersonally, within a relationship, and the recognition of this fact is essential to DDP. A significant task is to establish a more secure style of attachment with adult carers, and help them to develop healing qualities to their day-to-day interaction with young people. An adult´s ability to be playful, emotionally self-regulated, reflective and sensitive is the key to helping a child/youngster build a trusting attachment model, to develop one´s own self-regulation and the ability to structure experiences that have often been devastating.

The training is also suitable for those working with adult clients/patients, broadening our understanding of the basic elements of healing interaction and why 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 acquire hands-on tools for getting through a person’s defensiveness and feelings of shame, allowing him or her to to feel more open towards receiving support from an attachment figure. The training will also focus on working with parents and professional carers to feel less defensive and more cooperative so they can focus on their child’s healing.

The principles and interventions are studied through formal presentation, discussion, recordings of authentic therapy sessions, role-play, and handouts.

Goals to teach include:

  • How DDP helps with the development of healthy attachment (safety).
  • Polyvagal theory, keeping clients open and engaged.
  • Neurobiology and DDP; the “parenting brain”.
  • Intersubjectivity (Primary and Secondary).
  • PACE and affect regulation.
  • Affective/Reflective Dialogue.
  • Development of a coherent, autobiographical narrative.
  • Working on parents/carers.
  • Blocked care/blocked trust.
  • DDP in a therapeutic setting.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand DDP and the development of healthy attachment.
  • Understand the basic tenets of Polyvagal theory.
  • The neurology of DDP.
  • PACE and affect regulation.
  • Use of DDP in a therapeutic setting and parenting.

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About speaker: Mervin Maier (USA) is a relations-based therapist and a certified DDP® practitioner, consultant and trainer. He has over 40 years of experience in marriage and family therapy, community based counseling agencies, private practice, and residential treatment. He has worked in both U.S. and Italy. Mervin also has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT). He is a DDP Institute Board Member.

Registration fee:  400 € for international attendants from outside Finland
(valid thru 14 Oct, 2018; inc. EU VAT 24 % 77,42 €, without VAT 322,58 €)
After 14 Oct, 2018
, regisration fee is 560 € (inc. EU VAT 24 % 108,39 €, without VAT 451,61 €)
Registration fee for one day is 290 € (inc. EU VAT 24 % 56,13 €, without VAT 233,87 €).
Registration fee for domestic attendants 490 € up to 15 June, 2018; after that 560 €, incl. VAT)

Presentation language is English.
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: Conference takes place within downtown area of the city of Tampere, Southern Finland; the exact location will be announced immediately when arrangements are final.

Terms of cancellation: Registration is binding. In case the attendee cancels, the following fees apply:
4 weeks prior to event or earlier, 75 € handling fee;
2 weeks prior to event, half of the registration fee;
later than that, full registration fee. 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.

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