Dr Dan Hughes in conversation with Margot Sunderland Watch Preview
Running time: 52 minutes
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About Dr Dan Hughes
Dan Hughes is one of the most famous child psychologists in the world; a top clinician, prolific writer and founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. His ways of working with traumatised children and teenagers through relational change are highly effective and profoundly moving. His huge influence on practitioners worldwide is changing the field of child therapy and child counselling. For the past 20 years Dr Dan Hughes has specialised in the treatment of children who manifest serious deficits in their emotional, cognitive, and behavioural development, and at the same time demonstrate considerable difficulty establishing and maintaining secure attachment relationships.
Dan blends various approaches in his treatment modality. These include strategic and structural family therapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy (utilization principle), psychodynamic principles, psychodrama, interventions congruent with Theraplay, and narrative work.
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About the Webinar
This webinar is a super-rich and deeply moving conversation between Dr Dan Hughes and Dr Margot Sunderland. Dan both discusses and demonstrates how practitioners and parents can use PACE in their work to enable the very best connection with children and young people. He shows how to actively communicate empathy and acceptance of the child while providing him/her with the comforting and containment needed to explore and resolve past trauma and shame-related experiences. Through moving case material Dan explores how, within the safety of an on-going relationship where PACE is uphold throughout, the child is able to finally face and resolve his/her past traumas.
Key topics covered
- The impact of child trauma and how to heal through relationship
- Why curiosity is key to the therapeutic relationship
- How to ensure psychological safety for the child when they talk about painful life events
- Helping children make sense of painful life events: the utter relief and release from traumatic memory
- Addressing a child’s incoherent narrative based on shame and fear and developing a new coherent story
- Using your voice as a musical instrument to support the child /young person to feel psychologically safe
- Finding words that go right to the heart of the child from a place of being moved.
- Supporting the child to shift from empty words “I was abused” to embodied phrases that speak profoundly of core underlying feelings
- Using mental state talk to enable the child to reflect not react
- How the fear of opening up a ‘can of worms’ can be tantamount to emotional neglect
- “If you can’t handle the pain in the child’s material find someone who can"
Specific Hughesian interventions:
- Speaking for the child
- Speaking about the child (when he’s in the room)
- Loud empathy with resistant teenagers
- Helping children to find words for their inner life