Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP): A framework for Therapeutic Intervention and Parenting

This is a publication of the Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Children, Young People and Their Families. The review's mission is to promote and share good quality clinical writing and research within the field of child, adolescent and family clinical psychology by publishing annual themed editions expressing a range of views and ideas and research around a pertinent topic. The authors of this paper are all Chartered/Registered Psychologists, Therapists and DDP Practitioners and Consultants who either work in the NHS or Independent Practice.

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Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) provides a framework for supporting looked after and adopted children to recover from trauma through the parenting and support they receive, supplemented by therapy when appropriate.

Based on theories of Attachment and Intersubjectivity, DDP aims to help family members to feel safe and connected through the development of healthy patterns of relating and communicating. Of central importance is supporting parents to manage challenging behaviour whilst also staying emotionally connected with the children. This is achieved by helping parents with day-to-day parenting based on principles of PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy), as well as through therapeutic sessions.

The model is briefly described before discussing the range of ways that DDP is influencing practice in the UK. Case studies will illustrate this and the developing evidence base is described.


In: Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review
Volume: No 2 Summer
Issue: 2014
Page(s): 19 - 27

Publisher: British Psychological Society; No 2 Summer 2014 ed. (Sep 2014)

ISBN: 2052-0956

Website: Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP): A framework for Therapeutic Intervention and Parenting

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