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Newly published and upcoming books on DDP, for 2020 and beyond

16 April 2020
Newly published and upcoming books on DDP

Since Dan, Kim and Julie published Healing Relational Trauma with Attachment-Focused Interventions in January 2019 members of the DDP community have been busy putting ‘pen to paper’, or perhaps that should be ‘fingers to keyboard’.

Here is news of what is or will be coming to a virtual bookshop near you from DDP members, up to 2021.


Two books have been published with contributed chapters: 

The Handbook of Therapeutic Care for Children © JKPThe Handbook of Therapeutic Care for Children: Evidence-informed approaches to working with traumatized children and adolescents in foster, kinship and adoptive care.

Editors Janise Mitchell, Joe Tucci and Ed Tronick

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020

This book brings together a range of authors to outline recent developments in the practice of supporting children living away from birth family. Alongside parenting, it highlights the significance of school, sports and peers. There is also important guidance for taking into account children’s cultural heritage.

This book contains two chapters highlighting DDP:

Chapter 10: Defining the conceptual maps that resource the day-to-day interactions between carers and children to become more therapeutic by Dan Hughes & Jon Baylin

Chapter 11: Resetting the fabric of love: real-life applications that promote emotional connection in the day-to-day interactions between carers and children to become more therapeutic by Kim Golding

The book has been added to the DDP Library, see link for more details. The Handbook of Therapeutic Care for Children


Supporting Birth Parents Whose Children Have Been Adopted © JKPSupporting Birth Parents Whose Children Have Been Adopted

Editor Joanne Alper

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2019

This is a very moving book highlighting the often-neglected needs of birth parents whose children have been adopted. The book explores the emotional challenges and pain faced by the parents and offers ideas for good practice to support them.

For DDP interest look out for:

Chapter 6: ‘No Quick Fix’: The benefits of longer term counselling for birth parents with complex histories of trauma and abuse: Carrie’s story By Kim Golding and Jane Gould

The book has been added to the DDP Library, see link for more details. Supporting Birth Parents Whose Children Have Been Adopted

New Books for 2020 and 2021

A number of authors are working hard to produce guides for a series entitled: Guides to Working with Relational Trauma using DDP. We have three books currently commissioned by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, with Kim Golding as series editor. DDP in education is now in press whilst the other two will be submitted later this year. Here is a brief description of the books.

DDP in Education

Working with Relational Trauma in Education: A Practical Guide to Using Dyadic Developmental Practice with Educators, Children and Families

Kim S. Golding, Sian Phillips and Louise Michelle Bombѐr

In this book we translate Kim’s Everyday Parenting book for educators. Illustrated with lots of examples this book explores how DDP principles can be brought into schools.

DDP in Social Care

Title to be confirmed

Andrew Lister and Alison Keith

This book will explore how DDP can support social care practitioners working with children and families.

DDP in Residential Care

Title to be confirmed

Edwina Grant and George Thompson

A story-rich book that answers the question, “what is residential care for?” from the DDP perspective and takes account of anti-discriminatory practice and cultural diversity. It will also consider how a DDP perspective can help care-experienced teens who are involved with the youth justice system.

Alongside the series we are anticipating two further books highlighting Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice:

The Little Book of Attachment © W. W. NortonThe Little Book of Attachment: Theory to Practice in Child Mental Health with Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

Ben Gurney-Smith and Dan Hughes

W.W. Norton, 2020

Ben and Dan have written a book for child mental health professionals. This considers the application of attachment theory to the core difficulties in mental health problems.  The book identifies from the research a triad of developmental outcomes associated with attachment which are often present in mental health disorders: low trust/safety, regulation and reflectivity. All these are actively addressed in DDP.

The book describes how child mental health practitioners can utilise the qualities of a secure attachment relationship within the DDP model, whatever their theoretical approach, to foster engagement and resolution of the core symptomatology.

The book has been added to the DDP Library, see link for more details including how to pre-order. The Little Book of Attachment


Belonging Book Cover - by Sian Phillips, Deni Melim, Dan HughesBelonging: A Dyadic Developmental Practice framework for trauma-informed education.

Sian Phillips, Deni Melim and Dan Hughes 

Rowman & Littlefield 2020

Sian, Deni and Dan explore applying the DDP practice model to education. Their book outlines how trauma impacts the brain and the implications for a child’s behavior and learning. It describes the theories and principles of DDP and their application to developing alternative classroom management strategies. They then describe the Belong program in Kingston, Ontario. This is a classroom built upon these DDP theories and principles. They also describe the work of three schools in the Kingston area who work with highly complex children and families and where a high percentage of students have experienced trauma.

Edit: The book has been added to the DDP Library Belonging

And finally, I am delighted to introduce you to a book I have been very engaged in writing and which is the most personal book I have contributed to.

A Tiny Spark of Hope © JKPA Tiny Spark of Hope: Healing Childhood Trauma in Adulthood

Kim S. Golding and Alexia Jones.

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2021

Kim and Alexia have written a book describing the therapeutic journey they embarked on together over three years. Alexia grew up in foster care following abuse and neglect. In her twenties Alexia decided to engage in therapy, supported by her husband, Andrew.

“I live in a world of colours but see in black and white”

Alexia wanted to make sense of her life experience; to become a more authentic person, to discover who she is underneath the defences she had developed throughout her childhood.

“I started this journey to become a different person. I wanted all the difficult stuff to go away. You tell me that I need to accept who I am and to find peace with what has happened to me. The idea of acceptance makes me grimace. How can I accept the bad, contaminated parts of me?”

When the therapy had finished, we felt that we wanted to share our story. The book is written in a narrative style, it describes the phases of therapy including reflections from Alexia, Kim and Andrew. Alongside these are stories written by Kim and compassionate letters written by Alexia and Kim.

“At last I understand that therapy will not fix me. This is an annoyance to me. I smile at the part of me that likes things to be sorted, wrapped up in a nice bow. I will always need to care for myself. I will always have less tolerance to stress than some other people. I will always be impacted upon by trauma. And that is okay. Therapy did not make all the difficult stuff go away. It helped me to live with my imperfect self in an imperfect world.”


Happy reading everyone

Kim S Golding

April 2020