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Working with Relational Trauma in Children’s Residential Care by Edwina Grant, George Thompson and Kim S. Golding published

21 May 2024

We are excited to announce the publication of Working with Relational Trauma in Children’s Residential Care by Edwina Grant, George Thompson and Kim S. Golding.

This is a vital guide for all professionals who work with children in residential care settings. It introduces how applying the principles of Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) and PACE can help create a culture of support throughout residential care to the benefit of all colleagues and children.

Edwina, George and Kim write:

“This book has been waiting to be written for many years!

It is grounded in the authors’ passion for and extensive experience of embedding DDP practice into residential care. Through storytelling, conversations and reflection the book unfolds and illustrates how the cascade of PACE can inform every aspect of the residential setting for both the children and the adults who care for and teach them.

The authors know that DDP informed residential care can support children whose unique stories have been slashed by relational and systemic trauma to (re)discover that they are truly likeable and lovable: the platform for a hopeful future.”

This is the second book in the “Working with Relational Trauma Using DDP” series published by Jessica Kingley Publishers exploring the practice of DDP within specific contexts.

The first, Working with Relational Trauma in Schools by Kim S. Golding, Sian Phillips and Louise M Bombèr was published in 2020. This book is a fantastic guide for educators on how to use DDP and PACE with vulnerable pupils to help them thrive.

Edwina Grant is a DDP Trainer and offers training and consultancy to residential establishments, George Thompson is a DDP Practitioner and Medical Director for two psychiatric residential programs in Kansas, and Kim Golding CBE, is a celebrated author and DDP Trainer.

More information about the book can be found in the DDP Library. You can purchase a copy from all good bookshops and on the publisher’s websites; JKP UK and JKP USA.

Praise for the book

This book will be of great value not only in residential care but anywhere where DDP is practiced. Based on the authors’ wealth of experience this book is full of conversations and stories that beautifully illustrate DDP principles to practice, whilst providing safety and new knowledge of self and other.

Dan Hughes, Ph.D. Founder of DDP

Grant, Thompson, and Golding present an innovative exploration in Working with Relational Trauma in Children’s Residential Care, skilfully uncovering the transformative impact of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) on the lives of children in residential care. This timely and accessible book seamlessly blends DDP with insights from contemporary neuroscience, providing a fresh perspective on applying these principles to therapeutic environments for children with profound trauma experiences. The authors showcase the remarkable effectiveness of the DDP approach, cultivating a therapeutic atmosphere that warmly and playfully invites children into a realm of safety. Through co-regulation and a ‘symmetry’ of presence with the child, their approach encourages children to process their trauma-related experiences, creating an environment where they can securely embark on a journey of emotional healing and growth.

Stephen W. Porges, PhD. Founding Director, Traumatic Stress Research Consortium

If you care about children, please take this book with you wherever you go and devour it. You’ll learn that residential treatment is not a place of last resort; it can be a place that gives rise to hope.

Jonathan Baylin, coauthor of Attachment-Focused Therapy

Guides to Working with Relational Trauma Using DDP

Working with Relational Trauma in children's residential care book cover

Working with Relational Trauma in Children’s Residential Care

A Guide to Using Dyadic Developmental Practice

Edwina Grant, George Thompson, Kim S. Golding

Working with Relational Trauma in Schools

An Educator’s Guide to Using Dyadic Developmental Practice

Kim S. Golding, Louise M Bombèr, Sian Phillips

Working with Relational Trauma in Schools book cover