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20-21 Oct 2014: Providing Treatment and Care for Abused Children

Daniel HughesConference, Tampere, Finland, 20-21 Oct, 2014
Providing Treatment and Care for Abused Children
Creating Loving Connections between Traumatized Children and their Caregivers

Daniel A. Hughes, PhD, USA

See also DDP Therapy trainings 2014 by Daniel Hughes >

The conference focuses on developmental trauma disorders, attachment disorders, their neurobiology and especially healing of these traumas by the means of therapeutic every-day parenting and treatment. How to build therapeutic parenting and nurture with the attitudes of love, playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy? How to utilize the tools of dyadic developmental psychotherapy to help a child or adolescent form capacity to attach, develop healthier emotional life and better relationships? How to promote the devlopment of loving connections between these children and their caregivers? The developer of the attachment-focused DDP Therapy brings attachment-based parenting, nurture and treatment into the daily practices of life.

When aiming to help children and adolescents with attachment problems, we must do it together with their families and carers. This will essentially improve the effectiveness of treatment. A great deal of problems and disorders are caused by disturbances in primary attachment relationships. These disturbances keep on living their own life and may never be effectively brought into the focus of treatment. This way, a lot of time and growth potential is wasted and parents/carers feel that they lack the help they need. Building the bonds of attachment to parents or foster carers is the top priority. Thus, we need to repair the damages in the very relationships of the everyday. Parents and carers are the key persons in this work because their attachment patterns and therapeutic every-day life create the way a child or an adolescent engages in an emotional relationship. This work can only be done together with the joint parties in an attachment relationship, that is, the child or adolescent and the adult taking care of him or her. This is because healing only takes place interactively within an attachment relationship. The conference gives tools for this work.

Target group Professionals working with traumatised children and young people in different contexts and who are in the position to care, assess or provide treatment/therapies for them, including foster carers/parents, psychologists, child psychiatrists, therapists and social workers in foster and residential care, family guidance clinics, child protection and welfare, psychiatric units, and special schools. Also teachers of educational institutions for social and health care, and teachers and researchers of universities are in an important position to disseminate new ways to help our most vulnerable clients.


Mon 20 Oct , 2014  |  Parent/Carer as Attachment Figure

8.30–9.15 Registration and coffee
9.15–9.45 Opening
Pirjo Tuovila, Specialist in developmental and educational psychology
9.45–10.45 Reasons for misbehavior
Dr. Daniel Hughes
  • Developmental Trauma Disorder
  • Attachment Disorganization
10.45–11.00 Break
11.00–12.00 Parenting is a brain thing
  • The five domains of parenting
  • Blocked care and how it happens
  • Nine strategies to develop the parenting brain
12.00–13.00 Lunch
13.00–14.30 A caregiving formula: PACE
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy
14.30–15.00 Coffee
15.00–16.30 Parental Affect Regulation and Reflective Functioning
  • Safety and Engagement with parents
  • Managing shame

Tue 21 Oct , 2014  |  Repair of the Attachment Relationship

8.30–9.30 Being with children/young people
Dr. Daniel Hughes
  • Safety and Engagement with Children and teens
  • Intersubjective Connections
9.30–10.00 Coffee
10.00–11.15 Affective-Reflective Dialogue
  • Reducing attachment resistance
  • Affect Regulation
  • Reflective Functioning
11.15–12.15 Lunch
12.15–13.30 Toward a Coherent Autobiographical Narrative
  • The new meaning of trauma and loss within the life story
13.30–14.00 Coffee
14.00–15.15 The reciprocal balance between attachment and autonomy
  • How to balance healthy attachment and healthy autonomy
  • Discussion
15.15–15.30 Closing

Program includes authentic video material.
Excellent simultaneous interpreting English-Finnish-English.

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