Why ‘PACE’ Heals with Dr Dan Hughes 2017-04-07T15:49:01+00:00


A one day attachment-focussed presentation for carers of  traumatised children and young people presented by Dr Dan Hughes

Dan is the developer of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, or DDP, a highly respected treatment approach for traumatised children and their caregivers.

Wednesday 7th June 2017, 9am – 5pm at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane 

100% Profits from ticket sales will go to directly to Rafiki Mwema, Kenya

Early Bird Tickets available until April 15th.  
$200 for Regular Tickets or $80 for Foster Carers

After this date tickets will be $250 for Regular Tickets or $100 for Foster Carers.

(Including; Tea, Coffee, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea)

If you are a foster carer, please get in touch with Sarah via email [email protected] or 0402 768 967 to arrange.

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Dr Dan Hughes has achieved international acclaim for his profoundly transformative therapeutic work with the most troubled and traumatised children and young people. Dan’s empathic way of relating to children and young people can bring about major changes often in a few sessions. He is a Clinical Psychologist and author of many books including Building the Bonds of Attachment – Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children and Principles of Attachment-Focused Parenting. He has decades of ground-breaking and profoundly moving clinical practice with very traumatised adolescents who have moved into violence.

Information about the day with Dr Dan

Providing Nurturing and Effective Care for Children and Youth with Problems Due to Developmental Trauma and Attachment Disorganization

Children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect are at high risk for significant difficulties in their neurological, affective, cognitive, and behavioral development.  The central place of attachment in enabling an individual  to resolve conflicts and  traumatic experiences, develop affect regulation and reflective functioning, and establish a coherent narrative will be explored in this one day presentation.

Attachment principles stretch from infancy to old age, from safety to exploration of self and other, from affective to reflective functioning, from the process of coregulating affect to cocreating meanings.  A resulting attachment-focused treatment–Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and attachment-focused care is experiential and reflective and involves establishing attuned states between the young person and the therapist and caregiver in order to safely explore past traumas and current behaviors involving both fear and shame.  The treatment involves assisting the young person to develop a coherent story involving both past abusive experiences and current experiences in a safe family.    This story-telling stance is characterized by playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy (PACE).  Strengths and vulnerabilities,  reciprocity and  conflict are all understood and accepted.  Dialogues emerge that fully accept the subjective experience of each participant in the conversation.  Such dialogues become templates for satisfying and productive dialogues in all areas of life.

Principles and strategies of both psychological treatment and daily care which utilize our understanding of both attachment and trauma will be presented and discussed.  This model of intervention will be demonstrated with videos of treatment sessions.


Morning – Tea & Coffee served

Secure and Insecure Attachment

Multiple Symptoms of Trauma and Disorganized Attachment

Attachment Security, Intersubjectivity, and their developmental effects

Break – Morning tea served

Principles of Dyadic Developmental Practice for Young People and their Caregivers

Intersubjective Presence: attunement, joint attention and intentions.

Being Open and Engaged rather than Defensive

PACE:  Playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy.

Shame vs. Guilt

Video of Treatment Session

Break – Lunch Served

Caregiving Principles & Interventions

The Caregiver’s Parenting and Attachment Histories

The Causes and Consequences of Blocked Care

Building trust through Comfort and Joy

Conversations to develop engagement and influence

Break – Afternoon tea served

The Crucial Need for Relationship Repair

Day-to-Day Care

Two Hands of Discipline

27 Ss to Enhance Secure Attachment for Traumatized Young People

Video of Treatment Session

Teaching Methods: Formal presentation, discussion, videotapes of treatment sessions, handouts.

Learning Objectives:

This workshop is designed to

            1.  Understand the effects of developmental trauma and attachment disorganization.

            2.  Understand the developmental effects of a secure attachment

            3.  Understand the basic principles of Dyadic Developmental Practice

            4.  Understand the basic principles of caregiving for developing attachment security

            5.  Understand characteristics of day-to-day care