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Relationship Based Family Treatment for Adolescents Who Experienced Trauma and Abuse

3 sessions, held virtually: June 1, 8, 22, 2022; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Central Time

Registration Fee: $45

CEUs available for social work: $15 for all 9 hours, LPC pending


Adolescents (12 to 18) with serious psychological problems secondary to histories of abuse, neglect, and trauma provide a serious challenge to parents and therapists. In the current workshop Dr. Hughes will present his model for therapy with traumatized adolescents. This treatment model (DDP) actively communicates empathy and acceptance of the adolescent while providing him/her with the comforting and containment needed to explore and resolve past trauma and shame-related experiences, and at the same time, actively facilitating their ability to form positive, reciprocal attachment-based relationships with his/her parents.  This modality blends various approaches in his treatment modality: family therapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy, psychodynamic principles, interventions congruent with Theraplay, and narrative work.

Workshop topics: Therapeutic principles based on attachment, intersubjectivity, interpersonal neurobiology and trauma theories; the therapeutic stance and interventions; further interventions including working with parents.

Who can apply?

The current workshop is open to professionals and therapists who work with adolescents and their parents.

Lecturer: Daniel A. Hughes Ph.D.

Dr. Hughes, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a limited practice in South Portland, Maine.  He founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and who demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma.  Dan has conducted seminars, workshops, spoken at conferences and guest lectured throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia over the past 22 years.  He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals.   He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI) which is responsible for the certification of professionals in DDP.  Information about DDPI can be found on their website: www.ddpnetwork.org. Dan has authored many books including Attachment-Focused Parenting (2009), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011) and, with Jon Baylin, Brain-Based Parenting (2012) and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy (2016).  He has also written or been featured in many articles, many of which can be found at: www.ddpnetwork.org/resources/library/authors/hughes-daniel-a/.

For the past 25 years Dr. Hughes has specialized in the treatment of children who manifest serious deficits in their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development, and at the same time demonstrate considerable difficulty establishing and maintaining secure attachment relationships.