Dan Hughes, PhD, “The Challenges of Treating and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Developmental Trauma: Understanding and Treating Blocked Trust and Blocked Care”

  • 12 Sep 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, Lexington, MA
  • 210


(depends on selected options)

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About the Program

Developmental Trauma creates pervasive symptom clusters that frequently prove resistant to treatment and caregiving.  Underlying these clusters is the child’s extreme difficulty in developing trusting relationships with caregivers, teachers, and therapists. These children come to rely solely on themselves and become reluctant to move away from this core survival strategy; this makes it difficult for them to count on significant adults in their lives, leading to “blocked-trust.” 

Caring for such children - as a caregiver, teacher, or therapist - is a challenging process, which places the adult at risk for the experience of “blocked-care”. The adult, in on-going interactions with these children, is at risk to gradually begin to settle for just “doing their job”, and may lose their readiness for and ability to engage these children fully with their minds and hearts.

This presentation will attempt to provide an understanding of the dynamics of both blocked trust and blocked care, while describing a model of treatment and care that addresses these factors.  Videos of treatment sessions, discussions, and handouts will accompany the formal presentation.

Download the event flyer here.

Learn more about Dr. Hughes by viewing this brief video. You may click on the video title to bring you to the full screen version.

About Dr. Hughes:

Dan Hughes, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a limited practice near Philadelphia.  He founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, DDP, the treatment of children who have experienced abuse and neglect and demonstrate ongoing problems related to attachment and trauma.  This treatment occurs in a family setting and the treatment model has expanded to become a general model of family treatment.  He has conducted seminars, workshops, and spoken at conferences throughout the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia for the past 17 years.  He is also engaged in extensive training with certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals.   Dan is the author of many books and articles.  These include Building the Bonds of Attachment (2nd Ed.) 2006, Attachment-Focused Parenting (2009), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011) and, with Jon Baylin, Brain-Based Parenting (2012).

His website is

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No refund is given if cancellation request is received within 1 week of event date. Prior to 1 week of event date a refund will be given less a 25 percent administrative fee. No shows will not be given refunds except for special circumstances.

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