Hannah Sun-Reid is a Certified Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist Supervisor, a Certified Theraplay Therapist, a Certified Trauma Specialist, a Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist, a Sandtray-Worldplay Therapist and an EMDR therapist. Hannah has more than 20 years experience working with children and families who experience life challenges including trauma and loss. She also provides training and supervision. She lives and works in southern Ontario, Canada.
In their presentation "From Mistrust to Trust: A Brain-Based Relational Model for Helping Defensive Children Learn to Trust", Dan Hughes and Jon Baylin presented a model of the change process in attachment-focused therapy that is based on social developmental neuroscience. With thanks to Jon Baylin and Dan Hughes for giving permission for their presentation to be reproduced here.
Dan and Jon's presentation focused on how the brain develops with comfort and joy: How DDP and PACE promote reversal learning, new neuropsychological relational patterns, affect regulation, and then reawaken the child's capacity to feel the need for both comfort and joy from his or her parents or other caregivers.
Robert's presentation took us through success and difficulty with the longer, slower cases. Robert says: "Not all our cases look like the successes in training tapes, and sometimes the harder cases seem to fill our case loads. This presentation will go over a brief video of a challenging case with a wounded caretaker and review some of the factors to remaining 'open and engaged' when conditions are less than ideal."