This presentation focuses on the treatment of children and youth who have experienced intrafamilial, interpersonal trauma. This treatment is informed by the theories associated with attachment, intersubjectivity, and trauma. Since attachment is understood as being fundamental to the child’s development of a sense of safety and security and since it is associated with many factors involved in the development of social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral skills, its relevance in the treatment of trauma (defined in part as the absence of safety) is compelling. Infant intersubjectivity is a well-established theory of how infants learn about self, others, and the world, and its relevance in how older children re-learn such fundamental psychological realities when their original learning was embedded in experiences of abuse and neglect is also worth serious consideration by those who provide treatment to such children.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy facilitates safety and new learning through the relationship that the abused and neglected child has with his therapist and actively works to replicate the characteristics of this relationship with one or more of the child’s attachment figures in his daily life. These attachment figures are actively engaged and the caregiving behaviors that will facilitate secure attachment in the child in their care are actively supported and developed. This Web Conference will present central features of this treatment including the attitude of PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy) and the open and engaged, affective-reflective dialogue that is utilized throughout explorations of past traumas and current life experiences.
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Dan Hughes, PhD, has spent most of his career specializing in providing therapy to children and youth with severe behavioral and emotional problems. His treatment program for children involves the parents resolving their own attachment history and also participating in their child’s treatment. Working primarily with foster and adopted children and their parents, Dr. Hughes borrowed heavily from intersubjectivity, trauma theories, attachment studies, and research to develop a model of treatment called Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). DDP is applied to challenges between child and parent as well as family and marital relationships. The treatment model is also known as Attachment-Focused Family Therapy.
Dr. Hughes has authored a number of articles and books including Building the Bonds of Attachment, 2nd. Ed. (2006), Attachment-Focused Parenting (2009), and Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011). More recently he has published a book of poetry, It was that one moment... (2012, Worth Publishing), focusing on the children and families that he has treated. This year he has written Brain-Based Parenting (2012) with Jon Baylin and Creating Loving Attachments (2012) with Kim Golding.
Dr. Hughes has provided therapist training internationally for over 15 years and offers ongoing consultation and supervision to various therapists and agencies. He has created a certification program for clinicians interested in becoming proficient in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. For additional information about Dr. Hughes and his work, please visit www.danielhughes.org.