Kim Golding presents: Introduction to Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Parenting and Practice


Event type Day Conference

All Nations Centre, Cardiff

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Learning outcomes

  • Update your knowledge of relational interventions for children who have experienced developmental trauma
  • Improve your understanding of the support available for parents of children with developmental trauma, and why such support is important
  • Learn how best to recognise and manage the challenging behaviour of children who have experienced developmental trauma, and discover ways to help such children experience safety in school

About the day

We are delighted, and honoured, to welcome renowned clinical psychologist Kim Golding to deliver a one-day conference centred around Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

DDP interventions build security for children who have experienced developmental trauma, need relational interventions to help them to increase their trust and security with parents and caregivers. Additionally, parents and carers of children with developmental traumas need support and interventions for themselves in order to protect them from blocked care and to help them to find ways to emotionally connect with their children. Teachers and educations need help to understand the impact of developmental trauma on children; to recognise this in their challenging behaviours and to discover ways to help the children experience safety in school.

The conference is relevant to all those working with young people, including teachers, educators, clinical practitioners, CAMHS workers, social workers, and those who have an interest in the mental health of young people.

The conference will explore PACE and Behaviour Support.

‘PACE is at the core of therapeutic parenting. This parenting attitude facilitates a connection between child and parent which is not possible with a narrower focus on managing the behaviour. Behavioural support is important but if it is not done within an atmosphere of PACE it will reinforce the child’s sense of shame and his belief that parents will not continue to love and care for him. The connection that PACE brings builds the trust and security in the relationship that has previously been missing from the child’s experience of being parented.  With this connection the child will cope better with the normal boundaries and discipline that parents need to provide for their children.

PACE was suggested by Dan Hughes as a way of helping the adult remain emotionally engaged and available to the child (Golding & Hughes, 2012). PACE helps parents to demonstrate to the children that they are available and sensitive to their needs. The parent becomes attuned to the child through a stance of acceptance, curiosity, and empathy. Playfulness at appropriate times provides an opportunity to increase the fun and joy in the relationship. PACE combined with unconditional love for the child means that the parent is meeting the emotional needs of the child to be loved, nurtured, protected and understood.’

Extract from: Golding K. S. (2017) Everyday parenting with security and love. Using PACE to provide Foundations for Attachment. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Kim Golding, D. Clin. Psy. AFBPsS, is a Clinical Psychologist living in Worcestershire. Kim has always been interested in parenting, and collaborating with parents to develop their parenting skills tailored to the particular needs of the children they are caring for. She was involved in the setting up and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children; providing support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children growing up in care or in adoptive families. Kim currently provides training, consultation and supervision to a range of individuals and teams.

Kim was trained and mentored by Dan Hughes in the use of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Practice (DDP); both as a therapy and a framework for communicating with and helping families of children who have experienced early trauma from within their family. Kim currently sits on the board of the DDP institute and is involved in accrediting and training other professionals in this approach. She is also a director of the Community Interest Company: ‘DDP Connects UK’

Kim is author of ‘Nurturing Attachments’: and co-author, with Dan Hughes, of ‘Creating Loving Attachments’. Kim has shared her love of stories in: ‘Using Stories to Build Bridges with Traumatized Children’. She has developed two DDP-informed programmes. ‘The Nurturing Attachments Training Resource’ is an 18-session group work programme based around the ‘House Model of Parenting’ to use with adopters and those parenting children within the care system. ‘Foundations for Attachment’, and the accompanying book, ‘Everyday parenting with security and love’, is a shorter prequel to this programme, based on the same principles for a broader range of parents.

Kim is keen to promote the emotional and social needs of children in school settings. Learning and mental health will both improve if we pay more attention to these needs throughout the child’s school career. She is the lead author of three observational checklists books designed for use in educational settings, ‘Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings’ (for children aged 0-4); and in School (for children aged 5-11 and for Young People aged 11 – 16).


What is Dyadic Developmental Practice?
Developmental Trauma
Theoretical principles
Therapeutic Interventions – Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Therapeutic Parenting – DDP informed Parenting
Making Educational Environments Safe
Staying open & engaged as therapists, parents and educators
Blocked Care
Exploring PACE
PACE and Behaviour Support


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