DDP and PACE Family Therapy

DDP uses the principles of PACE to help families in Cornwall to work through attachment issues together with an experienced therapist.

DDP is based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity, originally developed by psychologist Dan Hughes and through the use of PACE, particularly helps children who have experienced developmental trauma.  The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist (DDP) works with both the child and parent (or carer) on a weekly basis to build positive relationships, but this may change over time.  The Therapist adopts the attitude of playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE) to show an understanding of the child's experiences.   Children and parents/carers begin to create a 'narrative' which helps them to make sense of life experiences and to aid secure attachment. 

The participants are supported to work together in a non-judgmental, safe way, with attachment in mind. Additionally, behaviour management in the home can be explored whilst adopting the attitude of PACE. Families in Cornwall are supported by using DDP and the attitude of PACE to explore behavioural, emotional and cognitive problems which may be associated with early Trauma.  Family relationships are supported so that secure attachments can be formed.  Adoptive parents and Foster carers can particularly benefit from DDP and the attitude of PACE. 

As the Director of 'Out of the Box Play and Creative Arts Therapy' and as a Therapist, Teacher and experienced Foster Carer, I have seen the impact of unresolved trauma that has been as a result of insecure attachment.  I have used the attitude of PACE whilst working as a therapist, but also as a Foster Carer and know that this approach is highly effective in forming secure attachments. Other Therapists within the organisation have used the attitude of PACE within their work as therapists.