(Olathe, Kansas) – Kansas-based mental and behavioral health provider KidsTLC has just been announced as the very first Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Practice and Parenting (DDP)-certified residential treatment facility in the world. KidsTLC is also the only organization in the United States to earn this certification. Leadership at KidsTLC began DDP training nine years ago and the formal process for agency certification began in 2016.
DDP is a therapy approach supporting young people, along with their families or caregivers, who have experienced trauma and struggle with attachment or relationship difficulties. Many of these children have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their parents, leaving them in state custody, foster care or other family placements. The DDP approach is vital for the long-term success of these children and those who support them.
This practice is already used widely by practitioners in Europe, Australia and New Zealand to achieve positive results. KidsTLC’s certification also positions the organization to be a leader in continuing DDP research and training for other facilities.
Dan Hughes, founder of DDP, said, “Obtaining this certification has not been an easy process, requiring years of thought, training and consultation. [KidsTLC] is certain to become a model of best practice for all residential treatment programs that daily face the complex challenges of assisting young people to heal and eventually thrive after they have experienced relational trauma that has left them full of shame and unable to trust.”
With more than 7,000 youth in foster care in the state of Kansas alone, KidsTLC is primed to impact the lives of many children and entire families. The organization is also uniquely positioned to lead the growth of DDP across North America by offering training and development opportunities.
KidsTLC will also co-host the International DDP Conference in Overland Park this September. Hundreds who work with children – professionals in mental health, education, foster care and juvenile justice – as well as parents and caregivers, will convene for three days of interactive workshops and sessions focused on the power of deep listening, connection, healing and transforming lives. Regardless of participants’ role in working with children, each will gain new tools and insights to make children feel safe, understood and loved.