Working with Relational Trauma in Children’s Residential Care

A Guide to Using Dyadic Developmental Practice

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Blurb

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is a therapeutic approach, based in attachment theory, which is used to support children who have experienced relational trauma. By consciously offering PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy), adults can help children – and each other – to feel more secure and open to others.

This guide provides an overview of DDP and explores how it can be used to support children in residential care settings. Case studies, examples, and expert guidance from the authors’ extensive experience demonstrate how to apply the principles of DDP to daily practice. From integrating the PACE model into conversations – both with children and colleagues – to balancing physical safety with relational safety in secure care situations, this book offers a way to build a culture of support throughout the whole structure of residential care settings.

Bonuses

Bonus Chapters ↓

Reviews

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

This is a must have for any residential setting that is looking to embed or introduce therapeutic care. This is wonderfully written by Kim, Edwina and George who have a wealth of expertise that enriches each chapter and creates a fantastic guide for all practitioners.

Anthony Small, Registered Manager

© 2024, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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You can purchase this book at all good bookshops and on the publisher’s websites:

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Bonus Chapters

Recruiting Adults Who Can Work in the DDP Way

Author(s): Edwina M. Grant, George S. Thompson and Kim S. Golding

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Date of publication: 21 May 2024

Copyright owner(s): Edwina M. Grant, George S. Thompson and Kim S. Golding

Author(s): Edwina M. Grant, George S. Thompson and Kim S. Golding

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Date of publication: 21 May 2024

Copyright owner(s): Edwina M. Grant, George S. Thompson and Kim S. Golding

Author(s): Edwina M. Grant, George S. Thompson and Kim S. Golding

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Date of publication: 21 May 2024

Copyright owner(s): Edwina M. Grant, George S. Thompson and Kim S. Golding

Author(s): George S. Thompson, Brandon Mock, KidsTLC

Publisher: KidsTLC

Date of publication: 2 April 2019

Copyright owner(s): George S. Thompson, Brandon Mock, KidsTLC

Details

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (May 2024)

ISBN: 9781787755598

Website: Working with Relational Trauma in Children’s Residential Care

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