Supporting professionals

Throughout your DDP journey there is support available to all members of our DDP community through groups and one-to-one formats.

Support can take place face-to-face, developed with local needs in mind, or online and be accessed internationally. Support can also be peer-based or facilitated by someone with experience in DDP.

DDP Supervision

DDP Supervision helps people to develop confidence and skills in applying the DDP principles in practice. Sessions tend to model PACE and supports reflection and curious exploration. They can be in a group or for individuals.

DDP Supervision is provided by a DDP Consultant or a recognised ‘Experienced Practitioner in DDP’. Supervision is optional following DDP training, however many professionals find it helpful. We have found this to be especially true for people before they apply to start the DDP Practitioner Practicum.

Supervision as part of the DDP Practitioner Practicum process

The certification process to become a Practitioner in DDP, called the Practicum, is a supervised skills-based process that evaluates your DDP work.

You may find supervision very helpful before starting the Practicum. This can be with a DDP Consultant, Experienced DDP Practitioner or a DDP Consultant in Training.

During the Practicum, supervision comes from a DDP Consultant and must include reviewing therapy tapes together and paying close attention to developing skills.

Find out about becoming a Practitioner in DDP

One-to-one supervision

One-to-one supervision helps to strengthen your understanding of DDP principles and how to use these in your work with children and families. It is provided by a DDP Consultant or a recognised ‘Experienced Practitioner in DDP’.

DDP Supervision Groups

DDP Supervision can take place in small groups and many people find that sharing stories, successes and challenges with others enhances their development and experience of supervision.

DDP Practicum supervision led by a DDP Consultant can also take place in a group and provide valuable and supportive learning opportunities.  

DDP Study Groups

DDP Study Groups are meetings either online or in-person facilitated by someone with experience in DDP. They give participants an opportunity to come together to talk about and practice DDP skills. Study Groups can involve discussion, role-play in large and small groups, as well as peer support to help embed DDP principles into your practice.

In some countries they may replicate the DDP Supervision experience and so these terms may be interchangeable (see FAQs below).

If you have attended DDP Level One and DDP Level Two training, AND are having regular supervision from a certified DDPI-approved Consultant or an experienced certified DDP Practitioner, you can say:

your work is “DDP-informed” or “practising in a way that is informed by the DDP model”

Find a supervisor or group

If you would like help finding a DDP supervisor, please get in touch using our contact form.

You can also find study or supervision groups selling places to the public in our Training listings:

Supervision Groups

Other groups including Skills Groups

DDP Study Days

DDP Study Days are open events that offer the chance to meet others using DDP in their work. They will often include presentations, workshops and updates on recent events in the world of DDP.

They are an important part of building the DDP community and supporting people to learn more about DDP and it’s use in different contexts. DDP Study Days are different to Study Groups, they are often public events and DDP Study Groups are private to the group members.

DDP Interest Groups (SIGs)

DDP Interest Groups, or DDP Special Interest Groups (SIGs), offer the chance to build connections within the DDP community, to share, reflect on and learn from each other’s experiences of DDP and to access support on their DDP journey.

They are run in the UK and are funded by DDP Connects UK to keep them free to attend. There are a wide variety of groups running in-person and online, based upon location and specific specialities.

DDP Interest Groups started based on geographical area and now include groups for specific areas of work in health, education and social care. Group facilitators are supported by a DDP Consultant.

The groups are led by the participants’ interests, themes and experiences working with DDP more generally. For supervision around work with families please see the Finding a supervisor or group section above.

You can find all upcoming DDP Interest Group meetings in our Training listings:

DDP Interest Groups

If you would like to start a group in your country, or in a new region or interest in the UK, please see the section below and contact the DDPI Community Development Committee.

Do you have a great idea for a new DDP Interest Group?

If you would like to create a new group, perhaps in a country other than the UK or covering a new area or speciality, please get in touch using our Contact form.

All groups are overseen by the DDPI Community Development Committee. They can help you find out more, with setting up your first meeting and liaising with DDPI to advertise your meeting on this website, in our newsletters and on social media.

The Community Development Committee is also keen to hear from you if you have other ideas for creating connections in your local DDP community.

DDP Consultation

DDP Consultants and Practitioners work with organisations to use DDP. This on-going DDP consultation helps whole teams or smaller groups of workers to build confidence with using in their work with children and families.

This can be especially helpful after teams have attended DDP training as a way of building on this learning. When organisations and services are trying to embed DDP as a model of practice, DDP consultation and/or supervision also helps leaders and managers think about how DDP can shape and inform the way whole services operate.

This type of on-going support is an essential part of the DDP Organisational Certification Process. You can find a brief introduction to the Organisation Certification in DDP on the About Certification page, and the full process on Organisation Certification in DDP.


Why are different terms and descriptions of supervision and support used?

As DDP has grown across the world these supportive forums and spaces have evolved in different countries in response to people’s needs. This means there is not always a uniform way of defining and differentiating all the types of on-going support people can access around the world. If you’re unsure of what would be best for you, please get in touch using our contact form.

What does SIG mean?

SIG stands for Special Interest Group, another name for DDP Interest Group.

Can you help me find a DDP Supervisor?

Yes, we can help you find a suitable DDP Supervisor or help you find a supervision group. Please get in touch using our contact form.