Online Course

Psicoterapia Díadica del Desarrollo (DDP) Nivel I (September 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 , 2023)

5 lessons 300 mins

This approach assists therapists and other professionals to understand and effectively support children, young people and their families. In this model, theory and research in the areas of developmental trauma, attachment theory, intersubjectivity and child development are integrated to produce a therapeutic approach used for relationship development and trauma resolution. DDP recognizes the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play as primary attachment figures in the recovery of traumatized, attachment-resistant children.

The principles and interventions are presented through formal presentations, discussion, videotape of sessions, role-play, and handouts.

Special Pricing

$750.00 USD

Course price was $750.00 USD

Psicoterapia Díadica del Desarrollo (DDP) Nivel I (September 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 , 2023)

Course Objective

By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of Attachment Theory
  • List the areas of functioning that are affected by Complex Trauma
  • Describe the intervention of PACE
  • List 2 playful responses in a PACE dialogue
  • List 2 accepting responses in a PACE dialogue
  • List 2 empathic responses in a PACE dialogue
  • List 2 curious responses in a PACE dialogue
  • List 3 symptoms of toxic shame
  • Explain 3 components of the A/R dialogue
  • List 2 interventions for facilitating direct parent-child communication
  • List 3 steps in preparing parents for working in the DDP model
  • Explain the condition of Blocked Care
  • List 2 feelings in the therapist that indicate parent-only work may be indicated
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Psicoterapia Díadica del Desarrollo (DDP) Nivel I (September 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 , 2023)

Course Outline

Day One: Overview of Model

9:30-12:00 ET
Formal presentation of theory and research around attachment and trauma: secure attachment is a protective factor and disorganized attachment is a risk factor for psychopathology developmental and complex trauma. The polyvagal theory: open & engaged vs. defensive Intersubjectivity; primary & secondary. The three components of intersubjectivity

12:00-1:00 ET

1:00-3:00 ET
Principles of treatment and parenting that derive from the theories & research related to attachment, intersubjectivity, and trauma: PACE (playful, accepting, curious, empathic) Complications associated with the treatment of shame and terror. DVDs of treatment sessions, case examples and role-play are utilized

Day Two: Core Components of DDP

9:30-12:00 ET
PACE; Affective-Reflective Dialogue; Nonverbal-Verbal communication; Follow-Lead-Follow; Connection-Break-Repair; Experiential to Reflective

12:00-1:00 ET

1:00-3:00 ET
Maintaining the Momentum and Depth of Dialogue; Talking With, Talking For, Talking About; Place for Problem-Solving/Suggestions; Role-Play Demonstration: Parent and child

Day Three: Working with Parents & Caregivers

9:30-10:30 ET
Principles and Interventions of working with parents; Blocked Care; Monologue Venting

10:30-12:00 ET
Role-Plays in Groups of 3-4, Parent alone.

12:00-1:00 Lunch


  • The working alliance: Trust and Safety
  • The parenting history
  • The attachment history

Day Four: Day-to-day Parenting


  • Assessment and diagnostic questions
  • Role-Play Demonstration: Parent Alone
  • The Two Hands of Discipline
  • The 28/28 Ss

12:00-1:00 Lunch


  • Repair
  • Principles and interventions of parenting children & youth with trauma-attachment problems
  • Role play-Parent and child together

Day Five: Bringing It All Together


  • Similarities and Differences with other treatments
  • Various foundations for an evidence-base to interventions
  • Relationships with other professionals

12:00-1:00 Lunch


  • Q&A and conclusion
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