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Call for conference presentation and workshop submissions now open

14 February 2024

We are delighted to officially open the 2024 DDPI Worldwide Conference call for presentation and workshop submissions.

The conference is being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC), Nottingham, UK, and virtually from 23 to 24 September 2024.

Our theme is DDP: Exploring Intersectionality

We are looking for presentations, seminars and workshops that focus on how interventions informed by the DDP model can help practitioners and families from underserved, under-represented and marginalised populations. This includes, but is not limited to, marginalisation due to race, age, religion, sex, national origin, geographic isolation, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, and neurodiversity. 

We’ve set out detailed submission information below and when you’re ready please submit your abstract proposal on our new conference website.

Submissions are now closed.

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Session length and types

Our sessions:

  1. Presentations: These will be no more than one hour and provide an overview of a topic relevant to the conference theme.
  2. Seminars: These will be  no more than one and a half hours and provide a more comprehensive presentation on a topic relevant to the conference theme.
  3. Workshops: These will be no more than three hours and will include presenters engaging with the audience through interactive, experiential activities on a topic relevant to the conference theme.

We encourage you to find different ways to present, use different methods of communication and invite audience interaction. The written and spoken word is important in presenting DDP, however, DDP presented through the arts can also reach a wider audience. How can DDP cut across language and culture in play, art, stories and music always holding DDP at the core?

Multimedia technology is available for all types of session. As well as traditional slides, you are welcome to use video, sound and imagery for example (where copyright has been acquired and confirmed).

Who can submit a presentation and workshop proposal?

We welcome submissions from practitioners, carers and researchers, interested in the application and development of DDP interventions for children and families impacted by developmental trauma alongside overlapping identities. 

We would like to hear from people who are developing DDP by reaching into new communities and pioneering across countries and cultures. By finding playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy in diverse settings, in newly developing areas and through pioneering practice. 

We are especially interested in submissions from people from the Global Majority. We also welcome submissions from people living outside the UK.

We will be offering a mentorship programme for all presenters no matter their past experience. 

All successful, invited presenters will receive a funded place at the conference and a fee. We are happy to consider requests for further financial assistance within the reach of our conference budget.

Ideas and themes

We have developed the following questions and ideas to help inspire your submission. They are in no way exhaustive and hope that you will use them as a jumping off point.

How can DDP welcome, include and work with overlapping identities and be helpful with those practitioners and families who sit at the intersection of developmental trauma, isolation, marginalisation and/or oppression?


How can we extend the DDP framework in ways which reflect increased attention to racial equity, social justice and the needs of the Global Majority?


How do we explore the context within which DDP is practised and within which families and practitioners are living? This could include cultural and community context; impact of intersectional identities; intersection of developmental trauma with traumas stemming from current or historic oppression and marginalisation.

How to submit

Please fill in the presentation and workshop submission form. 

Submissions are now closed.

We welcome submissions in non-written format to suit each individuals’ creative style and to support the variety of neurodiversity. The submission form allows for the upload of a video or sound file of no more than 10Mb in size, as well as a space to provide a link. You can also let us know if another submission format would be suitable.

Please ensure that language is gender neutral and sensitive for those from the Global Majority in your submission, if you would like help with this please let us know. Guidance will be provided for all those successful for the conference.

Next steps

All submissions will be considered by a diverse panel from the Conference planning group. 

They will be selected on the basis of relevance to the conference theme and overall development of and/or practice of DDP. We will give priority to those who are from a marginalised group; and then to those working with marginalised groups.

We anticipate a large number of submissions and will have to make some hard choices about what to include. If you are not selected, you may be welcomed to send through presentation information to be included on our conference website. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to share your experience, knowledge and expertise with our DDP community, make a real difference to the evolution of DDP and consequently the professionals, families and children that we work with.

If you have any questions please use our Contact form or email conference@ddpnetwork.org.