What is required before starting the Practicum?

1. What qualifications are required?

What professional qualifications are required prior to application for DDP certification?

In the USA, Canada, mainland EuropeIn the UK and the Irish Republic
1. You need to have an appropriate degree in mental health or social care or education1. You need to have an appropriate degree in mental health, social care, education and/or a degree in a relevant therapy that enables you to be registered with their professional body, such as Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Family Therapy
2. You need to be licensed as a therapist in the state or country where you practice and/or belong to a therapy organisation as a therapist that provides accountability for your practice.2. You need to be registered with a relevant professional body. For example as a mental health, social care, education-based professional or as a relevant therapist. There are many relevant professional bodies. They include:

 2.  What do I need to do before starting the practicum?

Step 1: Attend Level One and Level Two (56 hours in total) of DDPI approved training
  • Complete the DDPI approved DDP Level One or Introductory training (28 Hours) and DDP Level Two or Advanced Training (28 hours).
  • This is a total of 56 hours of face-to-face training in Dyadic Developmental Practice and Psychotherapy.
  • The training must be provided by a DDPI certified and DDPI approved Trainer
  • It is recommended that there is about a six-month gap between Level One and Level Two. This can be waived in certain circumstances, such as for delegates experienced in this type of work travelling to another country for their training.
  • This training cannot be undertaken via Internet communication programmes, such as Skype.
  • Recommended reading: Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook, Daniel Hughes (2011) New York: W.W.Norton.
Step 2 (optional): If helpful, have supervision in applying DDP principles to your practice
  • For some people, it might be helpful to have supervision of your practice before requesting an initial review of a recording of your work to start the practicum.
  • This supervision could be provided in a peer-supervision group, in group supervision or individual supervision from a Consultant or Practitioner in DDP, or someone experienced in applying DDP principles to their work.
Step 3: When you feel ready, ask a DDP Consultant to be your Primary Consultant for the practicum
  • DDP Consultants are listed on this website. Please check the fees required with individual Consultants.
  • From 2014, individuals who work with “Parents or caregivers only” or work in “Educational settings” can request to be certified. Your Primary Consultant will help you decide what aspects of your work to record for the practicum.
  • The practicum has the same steps regardless of the type of work you are submitting for review.
  • If you have been certified in working with “Parents or caregivers only” or in “Educational settings only” this will be clearly stated on your certificate and must always be stated in any DDP-related professional title.
Step 4: Ask your Primary Consultant to review a recording of your work
  • Send, or show, a video recording of one session of your practice to your Primary DDP Consultant for an initial review of your practice. The aim of this is to see if you are ready to start the practicum.  Your Consultant will be assessing the extent to which you demonstrate a basic knowledge of the core principles of DDP and show skills in applying some of the core components. She or he will send you a written review and complete the DDP Rating Scale and give you a copy. The DDP Rating Scale
  • The DDP Rating Scale is a guide only. It gives you feedback about how your practice in the core components of DDP is developing and aids the decision of your Primary Consultant. It also increases the reliability of the process across different DDP Consultants.
  • If you are ready to begin, this will be confirmed in writing to you and this recording plus the review will count as your first submitted recording for the practicum.
  • If you aren’t ready yet the Consultant will make recommendations as to the next steps, such as supervision prior to re-submission.
  • If you disagree with this decision you can ask for a second opinion from another DDP consultant.
  • If they don’t agree, you may have your recording reviewed by the DDPI Board Review Committee, whose decision and recommendations will be final.
Step 6: Pay the initial DDPI certification fee
USA and CanadaUKIreland and mainland Europe

Send the required DDPI fees by check/cheque (payable to Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute) or pay via BACS to the DDPI Administrator. Contact details can be found on the DDPI Contact page

In the UK please ask your DDP Consultant about how to pay. Please do not email the website about how to pay UK fees.

Details of all DDPI Fees 

Step 7: The option of being listed on the Professionals section of the website ddpnetwork.org
When you start the practicum, and with your permission, your name, profile, contact details and photo, can be added to the list of Practitioners becoming certified in DDP on this website’s Find a DDP Practitioner, Consultant or Trainer page.

Your DDP Consultant will tell you how to do this. We reserve the right to exclude or remove an individual’s profile on the website at any time.

Guidance and limits for profiles and biographical information on the ddpnetwork.org website

Maximum words: 200. Links to CV’s or publications lists will not be made. Information about books and publications will not be included if the individual has their own website. Individuals without websites can request that some information about their publications is included.