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Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D. 
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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute 
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12/7/2008 

The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute (DDPI) has been formed to allow therapist to become appropriately trained and certified as practitioners and/or consultants of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy(DDP). The DDPI has a certification process to become a certified practitioner of DDP and to become a certified consultant of DDP. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, which is an effective and evidence-based treatment (Becker-Weidman & Hughes, 2008) has been developing for over a decade now.

The purpose of the Institute and its certification program is to ensure that practitioners of the model adhere to its basic principles and to maintain integrity of the model. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherpay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute, Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Psychotherapist, Certified Dyadic Developmenal Psychotherapy Consultant, Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Trainers, DDP, DDPI, CDDPP, CDDPC, and CDDPT are all registered service marks/trademarks of the DDPI and may only be used with its permission. DDPI will provide a certification process for those clinicians who are utilizing the DDP model of treatment and who wish to become certified in having demonstrated their knowledge of its core principles and their competence in its implementation in their practice.

To be certified clinicians will have completed a minimum number of hours both in DDP course participation as well as in receiving consultation of their utilization of DDP in their treatment (through video review). Clinicians will also be certified to be DDP consultants, who are responsible for the providing consultation to those applying to become DDP certified therapists. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy™ (DDP™) is a method of psychotherapy that was developed in the 1990s for the treatment of children and youth who manifested serious psychological problems secondary to intrafamilial trauma and serious failure to establish stable attachment patterns. Most of the clients receiving this treatment were residing in foster homes, adoptive homes, or—at times—residential treatment centers. DDP was—and is—highly influenced by the theory and research findings related to attachment and intersubjectivity (Bowlby 1988, Holmes, 1993, Hughes 1997, 1998).

Over the past 10 years, DDP has continued to maintain its attachment-focused, family-centered stance while continuing to refine its theoretical foundations and treatment interventions (Becker-Weidman & Shell, 2005; Hughes, 2004, 2006) and to broaden its focus to include the treatment of all families (Hughes, 2007). At the same time there have been two empirical studies that have begun to demonstrate the clinical efficacy of this treatment model (Becker-Weidman, 2006a, 2006b, Becker-Weidman, 2007). The broader evidence-base for this effective treatment was recently described in an article (Becker-Weidman & Hughes, 2008) While DDP continues to develop its theoretical and practice base and although more research would be quite beneficial, its framework is now well enough established to warrant greater efforts to standardize its use, and to insure that those practicing DDP are remaining faithful to its core principles and practices. For these reasons DDPI is now being established.

REFERENCES

Becker-Weidman, A. (2006a). Treatment for children with trauma-attachment disorders: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, March, 2006.

Becker-Weidman, A. (2006b). Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: a multi-year follow-up. In New Developments in Child Abuse Research S.M. Sturt, Ed. Nova Science Publishers.

Becker-Weidman, A., (2007) “Treatment For Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy,” http://www.center4familydevelop.com/research.pdf

Becker-Weidman, A., & Hughes, D., (2008) “Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: An evidence-based treatment for children with complex trauma and disorders of attachment,” Child & Adolescent Social Work, 13, pp.329-337.

Becker-Weidman, A. & Shell, D. Eds. (2005, 2nd Printing 2008). Creating Capacity for . Oklahoma City OK: Wood ‘N’ Barnes, Williamsville, NY: Center For Family Development

Bowlby, J., (1988). A Secure Base: Parent-Child Attachment and Healthy Human Development. NY: Basic. Holmes, J., (1993).John Bowlby Attachment Theory. London: Routledge.

Hughes, D. (1997). Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change in Foster and Adopted Children. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Hughes, D. (1998). Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Hughes, D. (2003). Psychological Interventions for the Spectrum of Attachment Disorders and Intrafamilial Trauma. Attachment and Human Development, 5, 271-277.

Hughes, D. (2004). An Attachment-Based Treatment for Maltreated Children and Youth. Attachment and Human Development, 6, 263-278.

Hughes, D. (2006). Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children.2nd Edition. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Hughes, D. (2007). Attachment-focused family therapy. New York: WW Norton.

References
Becker-Weidman, A., (2007) “Treatment For Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy,” http://www.center4familydevelop.com/research.pdf Becker-Weidman, A., & Hughes, D., (2008) “Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: An evidence-based treatment for children with complex trauma and disorders of attachment,” Child & Adolescent Social Work, 13, pp.329-337. Becker-Weidman, A. & Shell, D. Eds. (2005, 2nd Printing 2008). Creating Capacity for . Oklahoma City OK: Wood ‘N’ Barnes, Williamsville, NY: Center For Family Development. Hughes, D. (2006). Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children.2nd Edition. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson. Hughes, D. (2007). Attachment-focused family therapy. New York: WW Norton. 
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