Training Events

Throughout the year we host a number of training events and post-training support events for professionals.  We also deliver bespoke training for organisations.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Events

DDP Level 1 Training



This is an introductory course on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, USA.

This approach assists therapists and other professionals to understand and effectively support children, young people and their families. In this model, theory and research in the areas of developmental trauma, attachment theory, intersubjectivity and child development are integrated to produce a therapeutic approach used for relationship development and trauma resolution.  DDP recognises the vital role which adoptive parents, foster carers and residential workers play as primary attachment figures in the recovery of traumatised, attachment-resistant children.

The principles and interventions are presented through formal presentations, discussion, videotape of sessions, role-play, and hand outs.

Who is it for?

The training is relevant and open to therapists and practitioners who have experience in working with children and young people with trauma-attachment problems and their foster, adoptive or birth families.

Please note that while Level One and Two are open access for professionals working with children and families, there are specific requirements that need to be fulfilled for those who plan to go on to apply for certification as a Practitioner in DDP. Please refer to What is required before starting the practicum for further information.


Dates:   28th - 29th September & 12th - 13th October 


Time:     0930 - 1545


Venue:  Online


To register, click here



DDP Level 2 Training



Dates:    9th -10th & 23rd - 24th November 2021(split dates)


Time:      9.30 - 5


Venue:   Hilton Templepatrick, Northern Ireland 

(may change to an online training depending on COVID restrictions at the time)



             To Register, click here



DDP Special Interest Group (NI)


This is a free event sponsored by DDP Connects to support DDP Practice in NI.  It is open to people who have completed DDP Level 1.  


Dates: 4/10/21, 10/01/22, 11/04/22, 4/07/22


Time:    10.30 -12.00


Venue: online


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Theraplay Level 1 Training
Dates: 4-5 & 11-12 Nov 2021
(full days)
Venue: Belfast, Venue TBC
Trainer: Joanna Fortune
Theraplay Level One Nov 2021.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [87.7 KB]

Group Theraplay 

Group Theraplay training is for professionals who want to use Theraplay in classrooms, day care, residential settings or with family groups. There is a One-Day option for those who have taken Level One Theraplay & MIM and a Two-Day option for those who have not.


A Theraplay Group is an adult-directed, structured play group that iincorporates playful, cooperative and nurturing activities that enhance the emotional well-being of children. Unlike other play group approaches, Theraplay learning takes place on a non-verbal llevel. Instead of talking about positive social behavior, the group leaders and children DO positive social interaction. Positive messages from the group interaction gradually become a part of the child’s internal sense of self. 


Dates: 25th Nov & 2nd Dec 2021(full days)
Venue: Belfast, Venue TBC
Trainer: Amelia Taylor 




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Group Theraplay Nov 2021.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [97.8 KB]

The Narrative Model

Build Bridges Narrative Model Training

with Lynda McGill (Therapeutic Social Worker)



Adults strive to support children when they are placed in care, ensuring that the child has a safe home to live in, regular contact with their family, supporting school arrangements and ensuring their
Human Rights are upheld. Often less attention is focused on supporting the child with these changes and it can be hard for them to understand the reasons this has occurred in their life and harder still
to know what to say about their experiences to parents, siblings, carers professionals, teachers and friends. Left unanswered, children can have great difficulty experiencing psychological safety, adjusting to their new circumstances and accepting the care being offered to them. Adults are often worried that talking with the children about their circumstances will upset the child further or add

strain to relationships.

The Narrative Model provides a set of principles to support social workers, birth parents and carers to work together and to dialogue with the child so they are not left alone with this and are helped to
psychologically adjust to their experiences. It promotes the pursuit of congruence in the best interests of the child within the care giver network. The principles of the Narrative Model may appear easy but they can be difficult to apply in practice. Dr W Coman and Ms Lynda McGill hav developed the Build Bridges training programme so that Social Workers have a procedure for applying the Narrative Model and have the necessary competencies and confidence for doing so.
Feedback from Social Work and other professionals across multiple organisations in the UK and Ireland confirms the Face Validity of this Model.


24th September 0930-1630


Venue: TBC


Cost: £130 




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Narrative Model Support Session


These sessions are open to those who have completed Narrative Model Training and are seeking help with a Narrative or further discussion of some aspect of the model.  They are provided by Ms Lynda McGill (SSW) - one of the original authors of the Narrative Model.


Support Sessions can include help to:

  • identify the priority narrative for the child at this time
  • navigate issues to do with the caregiving network
  • find developmentally sensitive words
  • plan the delivery of the narrative
  • reflect on the child's response to a narrative and identify the next therapeutic steps


Support sessions typically last one hour and can be in person (at our office), by phone or by videoconference.


Process: Once you register, you will receive an email confirming the date of the Support Session.  You will receive a second e-mail prompting you to complete a form outlining some of the issues you wish to discuss - preserving the anonymity of your client.  This form is available to Lynda in advance of the session.  Once the session is complete, you will receive an email with a brief outline of the key issues discussed. 


Cost: £100 for people who have attended Narrative Model training.


Testimonials from Service Users  



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