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Join us for the 2019 DDP International Conference in Kansas City!

KidsTLC, in collaboration with the DDP Institute, presents:

The Power of Deep Listening to Heal, Connect and Transform:

Insights from DDP and Beyond

Dates: September 9-11, 2019

Location: University of Kansas Edwards Campus

Overland Park, KS

a suburban community near Kansas City


KidsTLC and the International Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute conference invites all who work with children — professionals in mental health, education, foster care and juvenile justice — as well as parents and caregivers, to discover learning, resources, and connections that support our work.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy supports parents and children in developing close, powerful attachment bonds, particularly in relationships between foster and adoptive parents and their children. DDP integrates research in the areas of attachment theory, developmental trauma, the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and caregiving, intersubjectivity theory, and child development.

DDP teaches health professionals, parents, and guardians what to listen for when children have been abused and neglected, such as buried experiences of confusion, loneliness and shame. DDP shows us how to listen in ways that reach behind the protective walls that abused children have built to survive abuse. Through such deep listening, DDP practitioners can help children turn their wordless, unbearable experiences into stories that transform their lives.

About the Conference:

The two-day conference Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 10-11, 2019 features keynote presentations from Dan Hughes, founder and developer of DDP, and Deb Dana, international speaker on the polyvagal theory of safety and threat. Kim Golding, a leading DDP trainer and author from the UK, and Jon Baylin, DDP neuroscientist and author, are also featured presenters. Other speakers include noted DDP trainers Vicky Sutton, and Alison Keith. There will be a special presentation and performance by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, former Poet Laureate of Kansas, and Kelley Hunt, an American blues pianist, singer, and songwriter inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

Click here for a comprehensive listing of workshops and sessions, or click on each individual’s bio below for more information.

Select from four pre-conference workshops on Monday, Sept 9, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:

Conference sessions, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 10-11, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Conference agenda/program to print: Click here


Conference fees (plus 8% registration fee):

  • 2-day conference plus pre-conference workshop – $275 (+ $18.38)
  • Pre-conference workshop, Mon, Sept 9, 2019 – $95 (+ $7.42)
  • Conference 1-day, either Tue, Sept 10, or Wed, Sept 11 – $150 (+ $10.76)
  • Conference 2-day, Tue, Sept 10 – Wed, Sept 11 – $225 (+ $15.33)

Continuing education available; contact KidsTLC for details regarding your specific needs.

†This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

‡Olathe Medical Center is approved as a provider of CNE by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for contact hours for APRN, RN, or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT0048-0749

Click here for a comprehensive look at the presentations and objectives.

Discounts: (limited slots available)

  • Full time college or grad school students pay 50% of the conference fee. Email DDPConf@kidstlc.org with a scanned copy of your current class schedule to receive your special discount code.
  • Medical residents/fellows pay 75% of the conference fee. Email DDPConf@kidstlc.org for your special discount code.


Conference and most pre-conference workshops:

  • BEST Conference Center at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus

12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66062

  • *KidsTLC DDP Residential Treatment onsite workshop:

401 S. Clairborne Road, Olathe, KS 66062 (Building 6; first floor, suite 108) CLICK HERE for a MAP of our campus!

Hotel Accommodations: 

Contact the DoubleTree by Hilton in Overland Park for a special discount rate through this link. Discount rate is available for hotel reservations confirmed by August 16, 2019. With easy highway access, they are conveniently located near the conference venue, KidsTLC, shopping, dining, entertainment! Click here for a map. Discount rate is available for hotel reservations confirmed by August 23, 2019. The DoubleTree also offers shuttle transportation within a 5 mile radius, which will get you to the Best Conference Center at KU’s Edwards Campus. Taxi’s and Ubers are usually available as well. Feel free to contact the hotel with any transportation questions.

Confirmed Speakers:

Dan Hughes, PhD – Workshop (Mon.) and conference day 1 (Tues.)

Deb Dana, LCSW – Workshop (Mon.) and conference day 1 (Tues.)

Jon Baylin, PhD – Conference day 2 (Wed.)

Kim Golding, PhD – Conference day 1 (Tues..)

George Thompson, MD – Conference day 2 (Wed.)

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, PhD – Workshop (Mon.)  and conference day 1 (Tues.)

Kelley Hunt – Workshop (Mon.) and conference day 1 (Tues.)

Vicky Sutton, PhD – Conference day 2 (Wed.)

Alison Keith, PhD – Conference day 2 (Wed.)

Nickie Steinhoff – Conference day 2 (Wed.)

Bethany Klug, DO – Conference day 1 (Tues)

Erin Dugan, PhD

Mark Siegmund, LCPC

John Laffoon, EdD

Brandon Mock, ATR-BC, LPC, LCMFT