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Thu, 25 Mar


Online Workshop

PACE | For Professionals

Based on Dan Hughes' Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) model, this is an in-depth workshop introducing the model of PACE as a therapeutic approach for professionals working with young people that focuses on increasing emotional connection to build trusting relationships.

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PACE | For Professionals
PACE | For Professionals

Time & Location

25 Mar 2021, 10:00 – 16:30 GMT

Online Workshop

About the Event

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) was originally developed by Dan Hughes as a therapeutic intervention for families who are fostering or had adopted children with significant developmental trauma and insecurity of attachment. This intervention is theoretically based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma. DDP has a broad application within services as it provides a set of principles that can support networks; inform and enrich parenting; and can support the child inside and outside of the home, e.g. at school. Central to DDP is the attitude of PACE. This facilitates interactions with others which are open and engaged as we convey acceptance, curiosity and empathy for them and their internal experience. Additionally, our enjoyment of the relationship is conveyed through a playful attitude at appropriate times. PACE provides a connection within which we can engage in reciprocal interactions which allows each to be open to the influence of the other. This provides a safe base from which we can explore shared experiences and more difficult issues.


  • To provide an introduction to the attitude of PACE and it’s use by practitioners in their interventions and supportive relationships.
  • Objectives:
  • Increase understanding of the practice model of DDP and the role of PACE within this model.
  • Understand the importance of a relational focus to support and interventions with children and families affected by developmental trauma.
  • Understand PACE and explore its helpfulness with children and adults.
  • Explore using PACE in the moment in our practice.


  • The DDP practice model
  • Impact of trauma on the nervous system
  • The importance of relationships for recovery
  • Fear leading to blocked trust and blocked care
  • An introduction to PACE
  • PACE with parents
  • Bringing it all together. Exploring PACE for practitioners
  • PACE with Children

Course Leaflet:

You can download a copy of our 'About PACE' brochure for more information on the concept of PACE here.


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