Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP)

A framework for therapeutic intervention and parenting


Dyadic developmental practice (DDP) provides a framework for supporting looked after and adopted
children to recover from trauma through the parenting and support they receive, supplemented by therapy when appropriate.

Based on theories of attachment and intersubjectivity, DDP aims to help family members to feel safe and connected through the development of healthy patterns of relating and communicating. Of central importance is supporting parents to manage challenging behaviour whilst also staying emotionally connected with the children. This is achieved by helping parents with day-to-day parenting based on principles of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE), as well as through therapeutic sessions.

The model is briefly described before discussing the range of ways that DDP is influencing practice in the UK. Case studies will illustrate this and the developing evidence base is described.


Publisher: The British Psychological Society

Date: 2014

Journal: The Child & Family Clinical Psychology Review

Volume: 2

Issue: Summer

Page(s): 19-27

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