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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 am to 5:00 pm


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, including CME & CNE, at approximately 6 hours per day


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:

480 S. Rogers Road, Olathe, KS 66062

Confirmed Speakers:

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

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

Jon Baylin, PhD – tba

Kim Golding, PhD – 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 – Workshop (Mon.) and conference day 1 (Tues.)

Alison Keith, PhD – Workshop (Mon.) and conference day 1 (Tues.)

Nickie Steinhoff
Bethany Klug, DO
Erin Dugan, PhD
Mark Siegmund, LCPC
John Laffoon, EdD
Brandon Mock, ATR-BC, LPC, LCMFT
Kelly English, LPC

Further details coming soon!

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