Dr. Daniel Hughes and Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman are the leading proponents of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in the treatment of traumatized children. What is it? How do we know it works?
What is it?
This is a form of therapy developed in 1990. It is attachment-focused and family centered. Dr. Daniel Hughes gives a very understandable description of DDP on his website, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Please read this material. It is vital to our children's healing.
How do we know it works?
Dr. Arthur Becker-Weidman has done to empirical studies on DDP. We want our children to be treated with methods that are shown to be effective, reliable and valid. Please feel free to go to his site, Center 4 Family Development to read not only his research articles but other articles on DDP.
It is a mistake to think that just because the methods our children's trauma therapist's use are not common, they may not be correct. Long gone are the days of holding and "re birthing".
Read the research. Be informed about your child's care. It is empowering.