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2-day training with Dr Dan Hughes: Developing therapeutic stories with children and teenagers that reduce their shame and fear

2-day training with Dr Dan Hughes: Developing therapeutic stories with children and teenagers that reduce their shame and fear


For the past 25 years, Dan has specialised in working with traumatised children who are locked in anger, behaviours that challenge, inability to learn, mental health difficulties and severe relationship problems.

On the training, Dan will demonstrate how to enable children and teenagers to feel safe enough to tell the story of their traumatic past. He will explore how to help them to then develop a coherent narrative for what happened to them and grieve what needs to be grieved, so they are no longer haunted by fear and shame. This is because so much anger and controlling behaviour comes from unaddressed trauma-based shame with a wonky narrative of, “The bad things that happened in my life were all my fault.

Dan will also explore how corrective emotional experience with a therapeutic practitioner can enable the child/teenager to internalise new messages about themselves and others, based on all the compassion, understanding, psychoeducation and emotional warmth in the therapeutic relationship.

Other benefits from attending:

  • Gain a wealth of tools and techniques to support you to respond therapeutically when a child/teenager tells you a very important story about their life.
  • Learn new ways to help children/ teenagers to think about their lives.
  • Watch Dan demonstrate how to talk with children/teenagers using an affective-reflective dialogue. This involves feeling as well as thinking where the therapist explores in a profoundly moving way all aspects of the child’s life; safe and traumatic; present and past.
  • Learn about Dan’s model of Dyad Developmental Psychotherapy in which the child gains relationship experience which helps them to heal and family members develop healthy patterns of relating, becoming open to each other’s inner lives.
  • Watch Dan demonstrate therapeutic conversations based on his model of PACE, through moving case material of and live role play.

Please note: To attend this training, you will need to have completed, or be in the process of completing, some counselling or therapy training or Diploma Trauma Informed Schools TISUK.

About the presenter

Dr Dan Hughes

Dan is Founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with children/families. He is also originator of PACE used by child psychologists and practitioners all over the world. Dan has changed the way people work therapeutically with children and families using his highly effective model Dan’s empathic way of relating to children and young people can bring about major changes often in a few sessions.

He is a Clinical Psychologist and author of many books including 'Building the Bonds of Attachment'; 'Healing Relational Trauma'; 'Attachment Focused Family Therapy'; 'Attachment Focused Parenting'; 'Brain Based Parenting'.

He has decades of groundbreaking and profoundly moving clinical practice with very traumatised adolescents who have moved into violence.

About the venue

London Art House

The London Art House offers an inspiring selection of creative event spaces. Carefully designed to create a unique and stimulating environment for your event.

Located in the heart of Islington, on the musically-famous Britannia Row, you can be sure you are well connected to the city in this Central London location.

Your conference, training day or meeting will be one to remember in our carefully curated event spaces. These are designed to excite positive & productive thought.

Event Information

Event Date 18-04-2024 10:00 am
Event End Date 19-04-2024 5:00 pm
Individual Price £189 + Eventbrite booking fee (IATE Graduate/Student and TIS discount available)
Location London Art House
Categories Dr Dan Hughes

Company Information

Company Registration 11457893
Palladium House, 1-4 Argyll Street,
London, United Kingdom, W1F 7LD