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Dyadic Developmental Practice with Dr Courtney Rennicke USA

October 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - October 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is an intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist (U.S.A.). DDP is family-based and is focused on facilitating the child’s readiness and ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers. It is called Dyadic Developmental Practice both to focus attention on the importance of reciprocity in parenting, caregiving and therapy, and also to draw attention to the fact that abuse, neglect and trauma can seriously impact on the child’s developmental age and stage. This intervention is theoretically based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity, and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

It is an approach that:

  • Integrates recent research in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment theory, to produce a therapeutic  and parenting approach that assists professionals to understand and effectively support children with trauma- attachment problems, and their families
  • Communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE) in order to help the child regulate their feelings (often fear, shame and anger) associated with past experiences and to create together new meanings to be integrated into the child’s life story (autobiographical narrative).
  • Recognises the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play in the recovery of traumatised, attachment-resistant children.
  • Provides a set of principles that can support networks; inform and enrich parenting; and can support the child outside of the home eg. in residential settings and at school

This introductory 28-hour training course is relevant to professionals and therapists who have experience in communicating with and working therapeutically with children and young people and their families. It is focused on families and residential care homes when children have experienced past developmental trauma and have associated attachment difficulties. Principles and interventions are presented through formal discussion, case examples, videotape of therapy sessions, role-play, and hand-outs. This course is part of the pre-requisites to becoming a certified DDP practitioner. A MAXIMUM of 24 participants is permitted.

By the end of this course participants will understand:

  • The impact of secure developmental attachment on neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioural development
  • How developmental trauma (abuse and neglect) create insecure and disorganised attachment patterns which impede normal development
  • Principles of psychotherapy, effective communication and parenting that facilitate the development of attachment security
  • Specific strategies of parenting and communication that facilitate the development of a secure attachment and help children integrate past trauma and abusive experiences
  • How the caregiver’s attachment history and attachment patterns can be important factors when providing care for children who have experienced developmental trauma.

Dr Courtney Rennicke is a New York based Clinical Psychologist focusing on relationally-based and innovative psychotherapy for children and adults. Dr. Rennicke specialises in providing attachment-focused family treatment to adoptive and foster care children and their families. She the Co-Founder and President to the Adoption Foster Care Therapist Network, a collective of mental health professionals specialising in attachment disorders in adoptive and foster care children and their families throughout New York State. She serves as the Board Member at Large for the United States and Treasurer for the board of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute and is a certified in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Practitioner, Consultant, and Trainer. Dr. Rennicke also has advanced training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for relational and attachment work with adults and Collaborative Problem Solving for emotional dysregulation and behavioral issues with children and adolescents. Dr. Rennicke has supervises and teaches clinical psychology externs, clinical social workers, post-doctoral fellows and psychiatry PGY-III residents in a range of treatment modalities at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, Teachers College/Columbia University, and Yeshiva University.


October 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am
October 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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