DDP Training 2024

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level Two (DDP)
Presented by Mikenda Plant
3rd – 6th September (4 days)


About DDP

Introducing a Framework for Therapy & Parenting of Developmentally Traumatised Children. DDP was developed by Dan Hughes as an Attachment Focused Family Therapy that is tailored to meet the needs of children who have experienced relational and developmental trauma and loss. This therapy is theoretically based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

Course Information

DDP Level Two follows on from the ideas and skills introduced in DDP Level One. It is a skills-based training, during which each participant will have an opportunity to receive consultation about their work, participate in role-playing activities and further develop their skills. Past participants have said they get a great deal out of DDP Level Two as hearing about other people’s work, sharing any issues, and listening to consultation is extremely helpful and affirming.

Who is it for?

DDP Level Two is open to people who have completed DDP Level One. You should be beginning to use the DDP principles and interventions in your day-to-day professional work. Past attendees have included clinical psychologists, social workers, parent mentors, therapists and other practitioners.


The main aim of DDP Level Two training is for each participant to have opportunities to focus on the successes and barriers experienced in applying the model. Whether this applies within their practice via supervision, or consultation about their work with families or their specific practice. Objectives:

  • To gain a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of the interventions and parenting principles used in this approach
  • To follow up on any relevant themes that participants would like more teaching on
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to explore how their attachment history and experiences may inform and have an impact on their work (in small groups of 3 people for one hour a day)


About the Trainer

Mikenda is a DDP Practitioner, Consultant and Trainer. Since 2006 she has practiced as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. Before moving into independent practice, she worked in CAMHS in Birmingham and Derbyshire, and in the private sector with Chrysalis Associates in Sheffield. Mikenda is interested in integrating EMDR and Theraplay-informed play into DDP practice. She has trained in EMDR with Adults and Children & Adolescents. She is trained to deliver Mindful Parenting and facilitates these groups for adoptive parents. She is co-facilitator of the online DDP and Mindfulness Special Interest Group. Prior to 2006, she worked for 10 years in field social work, as a practitioner and team manager, responsible for child in need, child protection, care proceedings and adoption work. Mikenda is the author & illustrator of the Moffles – picture books and resources for children & families living with relational trauma. The Moffle PACE infographics are available in the DDPI resource library and on the Moffle website: www.moffles.com

Suitable For

Professionals who support children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma (social workers working in fostering and adoption services, residential workers and other interested professionals). Therapists who work with developmentally traumatised children and their families or substitute families. Please note you must have completed Level 1 DDP before undertaking the Level 2 training.


Date: 3rd – 6th September 2024 (4 Days)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Chrysalis Consortium, 48 Wostenholm Road, Sheffield, S7 1LL
Price: £750 (inc VAT). Light refreshments/tea/coffee provided, please bring your own lunch.

To book your space Please email a completed booking form to info@chrysalisassociates.org