Subject: Therapy

Why Attachment Matters in Play IRISS Podcast for SAIA 2014 Conference

Scottish Attachment In Action’s annual conference ‘Why Attachment Matters in Play’ focused on Theraplay. Theraplay is a child and family therapy aimed at enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. This is a 30 minute recording by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

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Arthur’s Journey. A case study of integrated therapy process

Hannah Sun-Reid is a Certified Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist Supervisor, a Certified Theraplay Therapist, a Certified Trauma Specialist, a Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist, a Sandtray-Worldplay Therapist and an EMDR therapist. Hannah has more than 20 years experience working with children and families who experience life challenges including trauma and loss. She also provides training and supervision. She lives and works in southern Ontario, Canada.

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Jon Baylin & Dan Hughes “From Mistrust to Trust: A brain-based therapy model” DDP UK Conference Proceedings Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

In their presentation "From Mistrust to Trust: A Brain-Based Relational Model for Helping Defensive Children Learn to Trust", Dan Hughes and Jon Baylin presented a model of the change process in attachment-focused therapy that is based on social developmental neuroscience. With thanks to Jon Baylin and Dan Hughes for giving permission for their presentation to be reproduced here.

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View resource: Jon Baylin & Dan Hughes “From Mistrust to Trust: A brain-based therapy model” DDP UK Conference Proceedings Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

Dan Hughes “Conference Reflections” DDP UK Conference Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

Dan Hughes's conference reflections are included here, particularly the importance of not forgetting the value of the core work of DDP - helping children to stay regulated and begin to experience the joy of reciprocal connections with their parent, caregiver and therapist. Also included here is the conference programme. Dan's profile is included as is Julie Hudson's as they both chaired the conference.

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View resource: Dan Hughes “Conference Reflections” DDP UK Conference Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

Joy Gamble “Working with avoidant children”. DDP UK Conference Proceedings Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

Joy shared some of her challenges in working with highly avoidant children who have been difficult to engage in DDP. Joy's presentation looked at working with resistance, trusting in the process and building an inter subjective relationship. It also highlighted the importance of supervision. Joy showed some clips of her work and shared some of her stories in working with avoidant children. Joy's presentation focused on her clinical work and so the downloadable slides below will primarily serve as a reminder to those who were present rather than stand-alone as a power point presentation.

View resource: Joy Gamble “Working with avoidant children”. DDP UK Conference Proceedings Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

Jan Ross “DDP: An Adopter’s Perspective”. DDP UK Conference Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

Jan gave a parent’s experience of DDP therapy and therapeutic parenting of a child with complex needs both within a therapy session and during her daughter’s day to day life. Jan touched on ways that she and her daughter keep the lines of communication open when the spoken word is sometimes not possible.

View resource: Jan Ross “DDP: An Adopter’s Perspective”. DDP UK Conference Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

Vivien Norris “Integrating DDP and Theraplay” DDP UK Conference Proceedings Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

DDP and Theraplay are complementary approaches and can often be used effectively in combination. In this presentation Vivien discussed various ways in which DDP and Theraplay® can be integrated and gave examples of work with different clients. Vivien's presentation focused on her clinical work and so the downloadable slides below will primarily serve as a reminder to those present rather than a stand-alone power point presentation.

View resource: Vivien Norris “Integrating DDP and Theraplay” DDP UK Conference Proceedings Birmingham 10-11 Nov 2014

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

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.

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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

Julie Hudson Curiosity, Crying & Loss. 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

Robert Spottswood Challenging Children Struggling Caretakers. DDP Canada Conf 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