Dan Hughes has been a pioneer in attachment-focused treatment for children, teens, and families. He created Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) to help children and young adults who have histories of abuse, neglect, and/or multiple placements, and who demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma.
Dan’s treatment philosophy is family-based and focused on facilitating the ability of children to establish a secure attachment with their caregivers. Developmental attachment theory and research are the primary models for relationship development and trauma resolution.
DDP blends various approaches, including strategic and structural family therapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy (the utilization principle), psychodynamic concepts, psychodrama, interventions congruent with Theraplay, and narrative work. Dan actively communicates empathy and acceptance while providing the individual child with the comfort and containment needed to explore and resolve past trauma and shame-related experiences. At the same time, he actively facilitates the child’s ability to form positive, reciprocal relationships with parents or primary caregivers. Dan will explore strategies to create “PACE”: playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy.
This model of psychotherapy can be practised with an individual or in family therapy, with the priority being given to a family format if the caregivers are both able and committed to providing the traumatized child with sufficient safety to begin resolving traumas and developing a secure attachment. You will learn interventions to facilitate the co-regulation of strong emotional states, as well as the co-creation of new meanings of traumatic events.
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Dan Hughes, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, a treatment for children who have experienced abuse and neglect and demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma. This treatment occurs in a family setting when possible, and the treatment model has expanded to become a general model of family treatment. He has conducted seminars and spoken at conferences throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Australia, and is also engaged in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with consultation to various agencies and professionals.
Dan is the author of many books and articles, including Building the Bonds of Attachment, The Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook, and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy. For more information, please visit www.danielhughes.org.