Robert captures attachment styles and Blocked Care in pictures in his unique doodles.
View resource: Attachment Styles & Blocked Care in pictures. Doodles by Robert Spottswood
Dan and Jon's presentation focused on how the brain develops with comfort and joy: How DDP and PACE promote reversal learning, new neuropsychological relational patterns, affect regulation, and then reawaken the child's capacity to feel the need for both comfort and joy from his or her parents or other caregivers.
View resource: Dan Hughes & Jon Baylin “How DDP & PACE reawaken the capacity to feel the need for comfort and joy” DDP Canada Conf Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014
Sue provided the theoretical principles of EFT and used clinical examples to illustrate how healing can occur in the context of empathic and attuned relationships. EFT and DDP principles and concepts have many parallels. Sue illustrated how caregiver self awareness of attachment style/issues is an important component of child's attachment healing process. Sue and Dan commented on the similarities of EFT and DDP at the end of her presentation.
View resource: Sue Johnson Emotionally Focused Therapy & DDP. Canada Conf Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014
Moving from “You’re Weird! “ to “How Come You’re Weird? - The beginnings of curiosity in the shift from Mistrust to Trust in developmentally traumatised children. Jon Baylin and Dan Hughes have developed helpful concepts about how some children develop core constructs of Mistrust rather than Trust in their relationships with parents. Julie's presentation focused on how children and adolescents begin to become interested in how other people think and feel.
View resource: Julie Hudson Curiosity, Crying & Loss. DDP Canada Conf Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014
Dafna's workshop focused on achieving optimal arousal and enhancing affect regulation with Theraplay. The workshop illustrated how Theraplay therapy can be a potent adjunctive therapy to DDP to initiate, amplify and solidify healthy attachment and reduce effects of complex trauma. The presentation focused on how face-to-face, active play, combined with periods of restorative, nurturing activities between a caring adult and child can create a sense of well-being, trust, and optimal regulation in both participants. Dafna illustrated this process by showing videos of Theraplay cases of clients from preschooler to adult. Throughout, Dafna highlighted opportunities for optimal arousal and affect regulation that can be integrated into DDP work to improve therapeutic outcomes.
View resource: Dafna Ledna Theraplay & DDP. Canada Conference Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014
Robert's presentation took us through success and difficulty with the longer, slower cases. Robert says: "Not all our cases look like the successes in training tapes, and sometimes the harder cases seem to fill our case loads. This presentation will go over a brief video of a challenging case with a wounded caretaker and review some of the factors to remaining 'open and engaged' when conditions are less than ideal."
View resource: Robert Spottswood Challenging Children Struggling Caretakers. DDP Canada Conf 6-8 Oct 2014
We have included the conference program here as an overview of the presentations and workshops given over the three days. Sian Phillips wrote a conference summary and reflections that was sent to everyone who attended the conference. We have also included this here.
View resource: Sian Phillips DDP Kingston Canada Conference Program, Summary & Reflections 6-8 Oct 2014
In her presentation "Soft Heart – Fresh Start: the taming of the tornado" Betty J.B. Brouwer, a certified DDP therapist and registered Art Therapist, shared how she weaves art therapy into DDP using case presentation, images, story and theory.
View resource: Betty Brouwer Soft Heart Fresh Start: The taming of the tornado. DDP Canada Conf Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014
Sian and Demi's presentation outlined their experiences of developing The Belong Program. This program actively bringing PACE into a school classroom environment. The initial results from outcome study are encourging.
View resource: Sian Phillips & Deni Melim. Belong-Bringing PACE into class. DDP Canada Conf Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014
How do we tell and listen to stories? In her presentation on Monday 6th October Julie talked about the importance of telling our stories and bearing witness to other’s stories. Julie also explored the collaborative process of telling and hearing in preparation for her experiential workshop on Tuesday 7th October.
View resource: Julie Salverson The Importance of Story Telling. DDP Canada Conf Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014
This presentation by George Thompson and Dan Hughes discussed the integration of Dr. Thompson's use of medication to facilitate a child's ability to form an attachment to his parent and make better use of DDP interventions. George presented one of his families for which Dan provided supervision and consultation. George is the Medical Director of KidsTLC, a residential program in Olathe, KS, which is in the process of becoming certified as a DDP Organization.
View resource: George Thompson Integrating Family, Medication & Parent Approaches in a Residential Center. DDP Canada Conf Proceedings 6-8 Oct 2014