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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 2

19 - 22 October 2020

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

Level 2 is more practical than Level 1. Participants have the opportunity to bring in DVDs of their work, and receive feedback and discuss their progress. The training group size for Level 2 is smaller than Level 1, which allows more room for discussion and supervision. Participants will also explore their own attachment styles in the Level 2 training.

To become an accredited DDP therapist, individuals will need to complete Levels 1 and 2 training, produce 10 DVDs and participate in supervision carried out by an accredited DDP therapist.

Course objectives

This course will help professionals to build on the skills they have developed in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1.

What skills will you take away?

  • 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


Alison Keith has worked as a residential social worker for approximately 6 years in a number of children’s homes and specialist units before going University. She has a BA in applied social science and Social Work and after graduating spent 3 years training to be a play therapist. Alison worked in a women’s refuge and 2 different family centres before going to work as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Therapist within the health service. She is registered with the both the HCPC and the British Association of Play Therapists.

Alison worked for a total of 13 years in the NHS mainly providing therapy, consultation and training within specialist services for looked after and adopted children both for the ‘Thinking Allowed’ service in Bristol and then within the ‘Locate’ service in Bath.

Since 2001, she have been regularly trained and supervised by Dan Hughes and is now certified as a Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer in DDP.

In private practice Alison works primarily as a therapist, she is funded through the ASF to work with adoptive families and by some local authorities to work with children in care and their foster carers. She  learns so much all the time from the families she works with, as well balancing this with strengthening and developing the DDP community in the UK. Alison provides supervision and consultation to a foster care agency. She runs 2 supervision groups, offers individual supervision where she can and works with people to help them through their practicum. Alison is a DDP trainer, DDPI board member and a director for DDP connects UK.


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

Course times: 9am - 5pm


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