Newly published and upcoming DDP books

Despite the disruptions to 2020 caused by Covid 19 the publishing world has continued.

Beginning in 2019 and continuing through to 2021, several books and chapters have been commissioned, and indeed published, which focus on DDP and its application across a wide range of situations and with a wide range of children and adults.

A summary of these publications, prepared by Kim, can be read on the DDP Network website.

Of special interest are two upcoming books which Kim has authored/co-authored.

A new three book series commissioned by Jessica Kingsley Publishers called ‘Guides to Working with Relational Trauma using DDP’ has Kim as series editor. The first, due to be published soon is DDP in Education.

DDP in Education

Working with Relational Trauma in Education: A Practical Guide to Using Dyadic Developmental Practice with Educators, Children and Families

Kim S. Golding, Sian Phillips and Louise Michelle Bombѐr

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020-21

In this book we translate Kim’s Everyday Parenting book for educators. Illustrated with lots of examples this book explores how DDP principles can be brought into schools.

Kim is also delighted to introduce you to a book she has been very engaged in writing and which is the most personal book she has contributed to.

A Tiny Spark of Hope: Healing Childhood Trauma in Adulthood

Kim S. Golding and Alexia Jones.

A Tiny Spark of Hope cover © JKP
A Tiny Spark of Hope © JKP

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2021

Kim and Alexia have written a book describing the therapeutic journey they embarked on together over three years. Alexia grew up in foster care following abuse and neglect. In her twenties Alexia decided to engage in therapy, supported by her husband, Andrew.

“I live in a world of colours but see in black and white”

Alexia wanted to make sense of her life experience; to become a more authentic person, to discover who she is underneath the defences she had developed throughout her childhood.

“I started this journey to become a different person. I wanted all the difficult stuff to go away. You tell me that I need to accept who I am and to find peace with what has happened to me. The idea of acceptance makes me grimace. How can I accept the bad, contaminated parts of me?”

When the therapy had finished, we felt that we wanted to share our story. The book is written in a narrative style, it describes the phases of therapy including reflections from Alexia, Kim and Andrew. Alongside these are stories written by Kim and compassionate letters written by Alexia and Kim.

“At last I understand that therapy will not fix me. This is an annoyance to me. I smile at the part of me that likes things to be sorted, wrapped up in a nice bow. I will always need to care for myself. I will always have less tolerance to stress than some other people. I will always be impacted upon by trauma. And that is okay. Therapy did not make all the difficult stuff go away. It helped me to live with my imperfect self in an imperfect world.”

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