WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED! DDP Level 2 by Sarah Morse (a face-to-face course in Brighton)

The aims of this training are:

  • 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.
  • For each participant to have opportunities to focus on the successes and barriers experienced in applying the model in their practice via supervision or consultation about their work with families or their specific practice.
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to explore (in small groups of 3 people for one hour a day) how their attachment history and experiences may inform and have an impact on their work.

Who can attend?
Sometimes practitioners who complete Level One feel that Level Two isn’t for them, thinking it is mainly for people working as therapists directly with children and their families. This is not the case. Level Two is aimed at all practitioners in this area of work.

This can include practitioners or social workers who primarily work with foster or adoptive parents, undertaking assessments and placement matching, or initial work with parents and later placement or family support. It doesn’t matter if the practitioner doesn’t work with children; the parenting aspects of this approach will be relevant. The same applies for social workers and practitioners working with children in care and children in birth families.

What happens during the 4 days?
Each participant will have an opportunity to receive consultation about his or her work. It is hoped that people have been able to record their work to get direct consultation using clips. However recording work has become much harder over the years and this is almost impossible if you work in a Local Authority team. If this isn’t possible, consultation and discussion of your practice can be effectively done via specific case discussion.

Sometimes using the idea of “practice in action”, with people in the group role-playing being the child or parent. This can be done as part of a case discussion and picking out a complex or difficult conversation that has happened to discuss in more detail and, for example, consider ways of bringing in PACE. The trainer will always offer to role play being the therapist, social worker or practitioner, as doing this in front of the group can feel dauntingand it is usually easier at first to role play being a parent, carer or child.

During the 4 days, practitioners will have opportunities to further develop their skills, talk through work they feel is going well and work where they feel stuck, whatever level they feel they are at. The trainer will tailor the course to meet the consultation and skills training needs of the group.


After completing Level Two you can apply to become certified as a practitioner in DDP. Since January 2014, there is a new process to enable social workers and practitioners without a therapy qualification to have their skills and experience in this area of work formally recognised, such as working with parents or caregivers only or working in educational settings only. It is also possible for an organisation, team or residential unit to become formally recognised as practicing using DDP principles and components via the newly developed process of Organisational Certification.

There is detailed information about all certification processes in the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI) sections of the website ddpnetwork.org

Please email Susanna Searle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in securing your spot on this course.

Event Properties

Start: 14/11/2023 09:30
End: 17/11/2023 16:30
Cut off date 27/09/2023
Price £860.00
Location Leonardo Hotels Brighton (Formerly knows as Jurys Inn Brighton)
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