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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy( DDP) International Conference
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

October 6th-October 8th, 2014.

The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute will be hosting their International Conference in Kingston, Ontario this year. This is the first time the DDPI International Conference has been held in Canada. Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend this three day event! A group of international speakers with leading expertise in trauma, attachment and brain development will be on hand to present.

There will be a variety of workshops that will appeal to all professionals who work with families/children with attachment and trauma issues!

Topics include:

  • An overview of DDP and how it has evolved over the past 20 years through models, clinical practises and neuroscience.
  • Current research pertaining to interpersonal neurobiology as it relates to DDP and Attachment Focused Family Therapy. Learn how neuroscience and a neurodevelopment understanding of how children learn to mistrust can now help us teach these children to learn to trust again and form healthy relationships. The neurobiology of blocked care in parents working with challenging children will be discussed.
  • DDP in schools-learn about exciting pilot projects which are incorporating DDP into the school system to ensure children will get the support they need to function well in the learning environment.
  • Pharmacology and complex developmental trauma. George Thompson, MD and certified DDP therapist will review the use and efficacy of medication with this group of children.
  • Sue Johnson's Emotion Focused Therapy. The EFT model of couple intervention and the outstanding research behind it will be summarized. Sue will outline how the map provided by attachment science can guide the therapist through this treatment.
  • Clinical examples of work from therapists in UK, USA and Canada as a way of sharing unique DDP perspectives.
  • The art and experience of story telling. Julie Salverson, Ph.D. will provide tools to help us develop stories and dialogues that will facilitate making sense of difficulty history or current experiences.
  • The blending of Theraplay with DDP.

This Conference is an excellent opportunity for all professionals to learn more about how DDP is an effective way of working with children and families who have experienced interpersonal trauma. The workshops cover a wide range of topics suitable for therapists, social workers, educators, residential care givers, child and youth workers or any other professional working with children and families dealing with trauma or attachment issues. It is also a great opportunity for those certified in DDP to present their work, collaborate with colleagues and be informed about how DDP is developing internationally.

Our program starts at noon on Monday, October 6th and will end at 4:30 on Wednesday, October 8th. Continuing education credits are available for psychologists, social workers.

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Daniel Hughes - USA
Dr. Daniel Hughes, PhD is a member of the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh). Dan is the Director of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute.
He consults with various mental health, social service and residential treatment programs throughout the United States and other countries. A gifted presenter, Dan offers trainings for parents and therapists while maintaining a small practice in Annville, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hughes is the author of: Building the Bonds of Attachment (1998/2006), Attachment - Focused Family Therapy (2007), Attachment - Focused Parenting (2009), Brain-Based Parenting (with Jonathan Baylin, 2012).

Robert Spottswood - USA
Robert Spottswood, M.A., LCMHC, is a mental health counselor in Norwich, Vermont, seeing adults, couples and children. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of dysregulated children who struggle with trust – often survivors of loss, orphanage, trauma or maltreatment. Robert is a board member of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute and is a certified DDP practitioner and consultant. He has contributed chapters to two books on attachment for adults, and one children's book, The Bean Seed. He has presented in the U.S., Canada and England.

Jonathan Baylin - USA
Dr. Baylin received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1981. He has been working in the mental health field for 35 years. For the past fifteen years, while continuing his clinical practice, he has immersed himself in the study of neurobiology and in teaching mental health practitioners about the brain. He has given numerous workshops for mental health professionals on “Putting the Brain in Therapy.” Several years ago, Dr. Baylin began a collaborative relationship with Daniel Hughes, a leader in the field of attachment-focused therapy. Their book, Brain Based Parenting, was released by Norton Press in the spring of 2012 as part of the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. Dr. Baylin has delivered keynote sessions at international conferences and has also given numerous workshops both internationally and regionally within the USA.

Julie Hudson - UK
Julie Hudson, Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Julie worked in England for 30 years in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) prior to leaving the NHS to work independently in April 2013. She worked for 15 years in a joint funded Health and Social Services post, developing and managing a service providing assessment, consultative, training and therapeutic services to children in care and adopted children and their families. Julie contributed a chapter on the provision of psychological support services to adoptive families in “Thinking Psychologically about Looked After and adopted children”, Golding, Kim et al. 2006. Julie is a Board member of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI). She currently co-convenes semi-annual national Study days for UK practitioners of DDP.

Sian Phillips - Canada
Dr. Sian Phillips, specializes in the assessment of trauma and attachment difficulties and works with children, foster parents and adoptive parents using Daniel Hughes model of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy®©. This exciting way of working helps the caregiver understand what lies behind difficult behavior and to provide a safe, empathic relationship in which the child can begin to explore traumatic, hurtful and shameful experiences and importantly learn to experience themselves differently. Sian is a certified DDP therapist, consultant and trainer. She has two clinical chapters in Art Becker Weidman’s book The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Case Book published in 2011.
She is also an adjunct professor at Queens, supervising students in their clinical placements.

Sue Johnson - Canada
Dr. Sue Johnson is Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She has received numerous honours for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, Hold Me Tight (2008), The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004), Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Julie Salverson - Canada
Julie Salverson is a writer, scholar and community animator. Over the past thirty years she has founded and run two theatre companies (Second Look Community Arts and Flying Blind Theatre Events) and has worked extensively in developing curriculum and performance work in professional/community partnerships. She has given workshops and keynotes for diverse groups using creative arts methods to share stories, analyze community issues and address difficult dynamics within groups and organizations. She has published extensively about creative arts and trauma, the artist as witness, historical memory, ethics and the imagination. She also writes for opera and the theatre and is Associate Professor of Drama at Queen’s University.

Betty Brouwer - Canada
Betty J. B. Brouwer has more than 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Betty works for Shalem Mental Health Network, based in Hamilton, where she is the Director of Linking Lives/Building Attachment program and the Artistic Director of RE-create Outreach Art Studio. Betty is a certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist (attachment-focused therapy) with the Dyadic Developmental Institute, a registered art therapist, and a certified play therapist. Betty works primarily with children, adolescents and their families as well as adults who have experienced trauma and loss in their lives. She finds it an honour and a privilege to enter into people's lives and help facilitate healing and change.
Betty holds a Master's degree in Child and Adolescent Studies from the University of Guelph, ON and a Master's level diploma from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Toronto, ON.

October 6th, 2014 12:00PM-4:30PM
October 7th, 2014 08:30AM-4:30PM
October 8th, 2014 08:30AM-4:30PM

Here are rates for registration-all prices are in Canadian dollars.
  • Residents - $635/person. Included in this package:
    • Conference fees
    • 2 nights' accommodation at the Donald Gordon Centre
    • 2 breakfasts (Oct 7 & 8)
    • 3 lunches (Oct 6, 7 & 8)
    • 2 dinners (Oct 6 & 7)
    • All coffee breaks
    Both rooms and Conference fees booked through us by clicking "Register Now" below.

  • Residents + Bed and Breakfast - Additional $135/night. Included in this package:
    • Everything mentioned on Residents package above
    • Room for anyone who wants to arrive on the 5th OR depart on the 9th.
      If you want to have 2 additional nights, it would be an additional $270 (2 x $135).
    This will also be booked through us by clicking "Register Now" below.

  • Non-Residents - $375/person. Included in this package:
    • Conference fees
    • 3 lunches (Oct 6, 7 & 8)
    • 2 dinners (Oct 6 & 7)
    • All coffee breaks
    In this package conference fees booked through us by clicking "Register Now" below.
    If you wish accommodation with Sheraton Hotel please call them directly-details below.
Rooms at the Donald Gordon Center (1 bed / room) will be available on a first come first served basis.
Additional accommodation is available at Sheraton Four Points Hotel (double occupancy possible) -see details below.


Donald Gordon Conference Centre
421 Union Street
Kingston, Ontario

Some accommodations are available at the conference site.


  • Residents $635/person. This Complete Meeting Package includes 2 nights' accommodation at the Donald Gordon, breakfast (2), lunch (3), dinner (2) and all coffee breaks.
  • Residents + Bed&Breakfast: $135/night for anyone who wants to arrive on the 5th or depart on the 9th.

Each room is ideal for only 1 person as each has one double bed.


Sheraton Four Points Hotel
285 King Street East
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3B1

Their guest rooms offer picturesque views of Kingston Ontario or Lake Ontario.

Double occupancy per room is possible.

Please call 866-716-8133 and book your room directly.
Let them know you are with the Donald Gordon group.


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