About DDPI

The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute and the DDPI Board was established in 2009. It is a not-for-profit organisation based in the USA.

History of the Board

Dan Hughes founded and developed DDP over a period of of 30 years prior to the establishment of DDPI. Interest grew in DDP with therapists who attended training provided by Dan, wanting to learning more about how to work using these principles.

In late 2009, the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute was established by Dan Hughes and a group of colleagues in the USA. It was set up as a training and certification institute.

Art Becker-Weidman, past Board member, established an Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute (AFTI) that certifies individuals as Attachment-Focused Therapists. AFTI states that it certifies individuals in DDP. DDPI does not recognise AFTI’s certification programme as maintaining fidelity to the DDP treatment model founded by Dan Hughes.

The DDPI Board members live and work in Canada, England, USA, and Scotland.


DDPI Board Vision, Mission and Objectives

Vision

The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute is dedicated to facilitating therapists and practitioners to develop skills and to maintain and improve standards within the framework of  Dyadic Developmental Practice. This framework was developed from work with children who had experienced developmental trauma and provides a therapy and parenting approach rooted in attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology.

The goal is to help children improve the security of their attachment to their caregivers and develop relationships that are more consistent with mental health. DDP is effective for children who may reside in foster care, adoptive families, residential care or in birth families.

Mission Statement

The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI) is a not-for-profit organisation. It aims to educate, facilitate, promote and advance Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental Practice.  The DDPI provides a robust certification of this internationally.

The DDPI Board objectives

  1. Certification: to provide and support a rigorous certification process for Practitioners, Consultants and Trainers in DDP and a certification process for organisations.
  2. Learning and Development: to provide training opportunities to individuals and groups seeking to learn more about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental Practice
  3. Practice: To support individuals and organisations working to develop and maintain consistent Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental Practice.
  4. Research and Evaluation: to explore and provide evidence of how and why DDP is an effective intervention and try out new ways it can be applied.
  5. Communicate and Inform: to provide opportunities for Practitioners in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and parents/caregivers to share their experiences and learning.

DDPI Members

DDPI is a member organisation open to individuals and agencies. A full member is defined as:

  • One or all of the following three categories: a Certified Practitioner in DDP, a Certified Consultant in DDP, a Certified Trainer in DDP, who has undertaken a DDPI-approved Certified Training Programme, has paid the annual fee due on January 31st and is current with the certification and renewal of certification requirements.
  • An individual in the DDP Practitioner Practicum, who is undertaking a DDPI-approved Certified Training Programme, has paid the Practicum Application fee and is current with the practicum requirements.
  • A Certified DDP Agency/Organisation that has undertaken a DDPI-approved Certified Training Programme, has paid the annual fee due on January 31st and is current with the certification and renewal of certification requirements.
  • Individuals and organisations who do not meet the above criteria can request membership from the DDPI Board.

Membership of DDPI requires:

  • Timely payment of the annual DDPI membership fee
  • Maintaining Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Maintaining registration or licensing with your professional body

The DDPI Board reserves the right to exclude from membership individuals who meet the above criteria.

Membership of DDPI does not include the right to have a profile included on the DDP Network website.

Funding

Funding for DDPI comes from fees paid for annual membership, certification fees and fees paid by DDP trainers or the commissioning organisation for facilitating DDP Level 1 and Level 2 Trainings. Funding is used to:

📖To fund the working of the DDPI Board, such as insurance and lawyers for the Trademark process

 To fund administrative time to support the work of the Board. All Board members give all their time for free

💻To develop and maintain the DDPI, DDP and the relevant country sections of the DDP website and the DDP Network Forum

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Donating

If you would like to contribute to the DDPI and help fund the advancement of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental Practice, please get in touch using the DDPI Contact page.