The principles and practice of DDP is relevant to a wide range of professionals in health care, social care, education, voluntary agencies and private practice.

UK-Conf-Man-DSC00851-cropDDP puts together what is known about the impact of complex and developmental trauma, attachment theory, child development and neuropsychology to provide assessment, therapy and parenting approaches.

Professionals who use DDP with adoptive, foster and birth families often use a combination of interventions. As well as therapy and parenting, these can include working with the teams and networks who care for children and who sometimes need to make difficult decisions about where children might live.


Consultation can be provided to networks around children, to foster and adoptive parents, to residential staff and to schools. In consultations people think together about the child or young person’s psychological, emotional and developmental needs, and how these can be met.

Consultation can involve carers, parents and relatives, social workers, teachers, mental health staff, and team managers. Sometimes children and young people are involved directly.

All certified Practitioners in DDP can provide consultation in this way.  Consultants in DDP are specifically trained to supervise and certify Practitioners and it isn’t necessary to find a Consultation in DDP if you feel this type of work would be helpful.


A wide range of training courses, from one to four days, are available for professionals. Find out about DDP Core Training (DDP Level One & Level Two) and browse all the Upcoming Events & Training.


The certification process, called the Practicum, is for professionals who want to develop their practice to become a Practitioner in DDP. There is also a certification process to become a Consultant and a Trainer in DDP, and for organisations.

For more information about certification please read Practitioner Certification in DDP,  Consultant Certification in DDP,  Trainer Certification in DDP,  Organisation Certification in DDP and for DDPI membership, please visit The DDP Institute

DDP in the UK

Find out about Events, Level One & Two Training and News in the UK.

Go to DDP Connects UK, the site for the UK not-for-profit community interest group (CIC).

DDP Connects UK

DDP in USA & Canada

For Events, Level One & Two Training and News in USA & Canada.

Visit the DDP USA & Canada site to get the latest from North America.

DDP USA & Canada

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