Renewal of Consultant Certification

Please note: This is the revised renewal criteria and process effective from 26 September 2017

What do I have to do to keep up my Consultant certification and what is the renewal process?

Your certification is required to be renewed every 4 years following on from the date of your final submitted review during the Consultant practicum. The due date for renewal will be on your DDPI certificate.

Renewal of Consultant Certification requires these three elements:

  1. DDPI membership
  2. Submission of the signed Attestation Form
  3. Continuous Professional Development

1. DDPI membership

Certified DDP Consultants are required to be members in good standing of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute. Failure to meet membership criteria will result in immediate loss of certified status. Membership of DDPI includes:

  • Timely payment of the annual DDPI membership fee
  • Maintaining professional indemnity insurance, and,
  • Maintaining registration or licensing with your professional body

2. Submission of the signed DDPI Attestation form

You are required to resubmit your Attestation form every four years.

DDPI Attestation form

3. Continuous Professional Development

When working with families

If you are providing DDP for families, you must keep up to date with the Practitioner Renewal of Certification requirements specified in your country of practice.

When unable to work with families

If you are a Consultant or Trainer who, due to your supervisory and/or training commitments, is unable to work with families, you will be required to apply to the DDPI Board for an ‘Exemption from Practitioner Renewal for Certified Consultants and Trainers’ at least two months prior to your renewal date.

Your request should be supported by a named Renewal Consultant –  this will usually be the Consultant who is providing your Clinical Supervision.

Request for Exemption from Practitioner Renewal Certification

The Board will assess your request and respond to your request for exemption with reference to:

  1. Your length of service as a Consultant or Trainer
  2. Your reason(s) for being unable to work with families, and,
  3. Your current supervisory and Training Activities
If exemption is approved

If your request for exemption is approved, it will apply during your current Consultant Renewal of Certification. You will need to request the exemption again each time you apply for Consultant Renewal of Certification.

If exemption is denied

If your request for exemption is denied, the Board will require you to fulfil the Practitioner Renewal Clinical Supervision requirements within a reasonable time scale.

Evidence to be provided

Over the four-year renewal period it is required that Consultants provide evidence to a named Renewal Consultant (usually the Consultant who is providing your Clinical Supervision) of an overall good level of skill in the teaching, feedback and modelling of DDP Core principles to supervisees.

DDP Consultant Certification Core Skills

Over this four-year period at least two sources of evidence of a good level of skill will require to be provided and may be from more than one consultant. The evidence can be from a range of sources and verified by your Renewal Consultant:

  1. Live or recorded consultancy work with individuals or groups of DDP Practitioners whom you are certifying or supervising
  2. Review of a recording of a Practitioner whom you are certifying or supervising,*
  3. Consultant peer supervision
  4. Shadowing and co-consultation with another certified consultant
  5. Co-training Level 1 or Level 2, either as a trainee trainer or certified trainer

* Please note that if your Renewal Consultant is also the Primary or Second consultant for a practitioner’s practicum their review of your review can count for this requirement

Keeping a written record

You will keep a written record of the dates and content of this evidence:

DDPI Record for Renewal of Consultant Certification

Further evidence

Your renewal Consultant will advise if it is felt that further evidence is required in order to meet the DDPI renewal standards. Further evidence may be required.

If you disagree with further evidence of a good level of skill being required, you may ask the DDPI Board Review Committee for a second opinion, which will be final.

Consultants and Trainers Day

It is expected, but not mandatory, that DDP Consultants attend a one-day “Consultants and Trainers Day” at least every two years.

What happens when renewal requirements are not met?

  • The Consultant will be charged a late fee if the annual DDPI membership fee is not paid on time.
  • If the Consultant has not met renewal requirements to be a Certified Consultant, but has met renewal requirements to be a Certified Practitioner:
    1. The Consultant will lose their status as a Certified Consultant in DDP, but will keep their status as a Certified Practitioner.
    2. The website listing will state only that they are a Certified Practitioner in DDP, but not a Certified Consultant.
  • If the Consultant has met renewal requirements neither to be a Certified Practitioner nor a Certified Consultant:
    1. The Consultant will lose their status both as a Certified Practitioner and Certified Consultant
    2. The Consultants name will be removed from the website

How is restoration to Certified Consultant status achieved?

The Consultant may petition the DDPI Board Review Committee to have their Certification status reinstated. The DDPI Board Review Committee may approve the request with or without further requirements, or they may deny the request. Requirements include:

  • All renewal of certification requirements must be met
  • Past due fees and late fees must be paid in full
  • An administrative fee is required to restore DDPI membership status to good standing.