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Therapeutic Parenting with PACE by Deborah Page and Rachel Swann published

22 March 2021
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Please join us in congratulating Deborah Page and Rachel Swann on the publication of their new book Therapeutic Parenting with PACE.

This new DDPI Endorsed Parenting Programme is a group-work programme and training resource informed by attachment, trauma and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP).

Based on 20 years experience working with adopters, foster carers and residential workers, this training is for professionals who work with and those who parent traumatised and neglected children and young people.

Over 12 sessions, it explores the impact of developmental trauma, how to respond, how to start to heal and “help reduce the spiral of failed relationships suffered by many young people who have been removed from their birth families.”

Deborah and Rachel write:

“Dyadic Developmental Practice makes so much intuitive sense and when we truly embody the principles of DDP it is magical. But finding a way to be consistently PACEful, to create moments of intersubjectivity, to send out the signals that make it safe to be sad or to share moments of comfort and joy is often not easy and can slip through our fingers. How much harder it can be for carers and parents living with mistrustful children and young people 24/7… but it is none the less essential if their children and young people are to be able to heal from the trauma, abuse and neglect they have experienced.

Our aim when we wrote this training was to find a way of making the core principles of DDP accessible and meaningful to foster, adoptive and residential carers. To support them in what for us has been, and continues to be a long and fruitful DDP journey. To have fun with them, to create colourful materials and engaging exercises that bring DDP to life for them and to be clear that we don’t judge their struggles but lean into them together, connecting with all aspects of becoming the PACEful parents that they want to be. The result is we hope a resource whose strength is as a 12 session training course but can also be used successfully in parts as bite size training or to support individual consultations. It has become a core resource in our NHS and Social Care work. We hope you find it a useful addition to your practice too.”

Deborah Page is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and certified Practitioner and Consultant in DDP, and Rachel Swann is a Clinical Psychologist and Practitioner in DDP.

More information about the book can be found in the DDP Library and from Pavilion Publishing, and it is available from all good bookshops.


Has been invaluable, an absolute game changer. We have learnt so much about brain-based parenting, had practical guidance and support and an arena to specifically focus on our child’s needs. The information, support and helpful suggestions offered by facilitators has been provided at a good and steady pace. The new techniques reviewed at each session has facilitated a deeper understanding and awareness of not only what brain-based parenting is, but how to use it to meaningful effect.

Foster Carer

In my opinion the training has delivered significant improvements in the capacity of staff to deliver trauma informed care… It also has the benefit of helping staff to recognise how the demands of the role affects their own emotional well-being, and develop strategies to overcome this and build their resilience.

I highly recommend the programme to staff in other environments caring for looked after children.

Registered Homes Manager, Local Authority children’s home in East Sussex
DDPI Endorsed Parenting Programme © DDPI

DDPI Endorsed Parenting Programmes

These are parenting programmes that are informed by DDP principles and have passed through the DDPI endorsement process.

It is recommended that DDPI Endorsed Parenting Programmes are run by facilitators who have undertaken at least Level One and preferably Level Two DDP training and are confident in the use and modelling of PACE.

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