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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1

27 to 30 January 2020

Dr Dan Hughes’ treatment model, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, involves working with a child and their family to improve attachment relationships.

Level 1 covers the theories and research of attachment, intersubjectivity and trauma, which are vital in developing secure relationships and helping a child to resolve their early experiences of trauma.

A variety of approaches are used in this treatment model. These include family therapy, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, psychodynamic principles, and similar interventions to Theraplay and narrative work. He actively communicates PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) to help a child self-regulate, resolve their past experiences and to co-construct new meanings of these experiences.

Course objectives

This course will help professionals to develop key skills to work with children who have experienced early childhood trauma.

What skills will you take away?

  • An introduction to Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Skills to work with traumatised children who have attachment difficulties and are living in adoptive or foster families

Who should attend?

Therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers


Julie Hudson, a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist, left the NHS in April 2013 after working for 30 years in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Julie developed and managed LOCATE for 10 years, a joint-funded specialist CAMHS providing assessment, consultative and therapeutic services to children in care and adopted children. Julie now works independently with children and adolescents who are in care or adopted, their families and their networks.
She provides assessment and therapy as well as training, supervision and consultation to local authorities, health services and individuals across the UK.

Julie has been regularly trained and supervised by Dan Hughes since 2001. She is a Trainer, Consultant and Therapist in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy).

She contributed a chapter on the provision of psychological support services to adoptive families in “Thinking Psychologically about Looked After and adopted children”, Golding, Kim. et al Wiley 2006.


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times:
Days 1-3: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Day 4: 9.30 am – 3.15 pm


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