The services offered by Daydawn Therapeutic Services to Adoptive parents and Special Guardianship Carers are accessible through the Adoption Support Fund. Local Authorities can make applications for funding to support the needs of your children.
DDP is a attachment focused family therapy approach which incorporates well-researched principles such as a focus on relationships, attunement, intersubjectivity, and sensitive responsiveness. The primary goal of DDP is to support children in developing the ability to maintain attachment-based relationships with parents and caregivers.
The DDP connects website provides the following information;
"The therapist helps the child’s relationship with their parents by talking with the child using an affective-reflective dialogue. This is a conversation that involves feeling as well as thinking. The therapist explores all aspects of the child’s life; safe and traumatic; present and past.
The therapist and parents’ intersubjective experience of the child helps the child get a different understanding. This becomes integrated into their autobiographical narrative. This in turn becomes more coherent.
In this way the child experiences healing of past trauma and achieves safety within current relationships. The conversations and interactions (verbal and non-verbal) within the therapy room are all based upon PACE. This means that the therapist will be playful, accepting, curious and empathic. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy involves the child and parents working together with the therapist. The child gains relationship experience which helps them to grow and heal emotionally. Family members develop healthy patterns of relating and communicating.
What can be expected following DDP?
Visit the DDP Connects UK website for more information
Information taken from the Theraplay® website
"Theraplay® is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay® interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay® sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.
In treatment, the Theraplay® therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy."
Visit the Theraplay® website for more information
The following information is taken from the Theraplay® website.
The MIM is a structured technique for observing and assessing the overall quality and nature of relationships between caregivers and child. It consists of a series of simple tasks designed to elicit behaviors in four primary dimensions in order to evaluate the caregivers’ capacity to:
The MIM takes from 30 to 60 minutes and is usually videotaped. There are sets of tasks designed to be used in each of four age groups: infant, toddler, pre-school/school age, and adolescent. Materials needed to perform the tasks are simple and readily available.
In addition to allowing a close look at problem areas in the relationship, the MIM provides a unique opportunity for observing the strengths of both adult and child and of their relationship. It is, therefore, a valuable tool in planning for treatment and in determining how to help families strengthen their relationships. The description of the relationship that results from this observation is a valuable aid in determining the appropriateness of custody arrangements, reunification, foster placement and/or adoption.
Visit the Theraplay® Website for more information
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