21/22 DDP L3 Attachment - Therapeutic Working for Key Adults Training over 3 sessions on 14.06.22, 28.06.22 and 12.07.22


Cross Phase


Education Psychology Service

Event Details

Start Date and Time Tuesday 14 June 9:30 am
End Date and Time Tuesday 14 June 12:00 pm
Poppy Chandler
Kim Jeffries
Jennifer Heseltine
Location Online Event
Parking UCSProvided

Event Prices

Subscriber Credit Cost .00
Subscriber Cost .00
PAYG Credit Cost .00
PAYG Cost .00


Please note:

The default delivery will remain as remote delivery via Microsoft Teams administered by CPD@UCS. This is reflected in the content/ timings as stated. Should Government policy/University of Chester policy change we will revert to ‘face2face’ delivery if/ when appropriate. 

This training is based on Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) and is focused on facilitating the child’s ability to establish a secure attachment with key adults. The programme actively communicates playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy (PACE). This approach is particularly beneficial for Teaching Assistants working as the Key Adult attachment figure with traumatised children. 

The Educational Psychologist delivers a bespoke 3 session training programme over 6 weeks looking in depth at strategies to forge a relationship by co-regulating emotions and co-constructing new meanings of past experiences 

The training is very interactive within a group of 10. There is a requirement to have completed the Level I and II attachment training delivered by the EPS through the Virtual school, prior to undertaking this training. The first week of the TWKA course revisits the attachment themes and looks at the issues in greater detail from the perspective of each of the Key Adults. There are between session tasks to complete with their pupil before session 2. 

The second session concentrates on Inter-subjectivity. The session contains role play and practical demonstrations using DVDs. Again there are between session tasks before the final session which looks in more detail at PACE. The final session gives advice on how to be PACEful and react to our young people in an attuned way. 

Please note: Delegates must have completed Level 1 and Level 2 Attachment training delivered by the Virtual School/EPS


Schools will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of attachment needs and early developmental trauma.
  • Understand the Key concepts of the DDP approach.
  • Have learned further strategies to facilitate relationship building with children
  • Have a deeper understanding of their own attachment experiences and how this impacts on their work with children
  • Have an understanding of PACE and the principles of working in a PACEful and attuned way