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Creating Psychological Safety in the Face of Uncertainty: Family Based Interventions and Skills

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Daniel A Hughes, PhD
1 Hour 26 Minutes
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Aug 06, 2020
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Safety for all members of the family must not be assumed and then forgotten during this stressful time.

Join Dr. Dan Hughes, world-renowned expert in attachment, for this compelling 90-minute recording focused on helping family members, especially children, feel safe to express their fears and concerns during this uncertain time.

Using principles of attachment theory, Dr. Hughes will provide practical strategies to help parents attain their own psychological safety, so that they can facilitate the same for their children. 



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Dan Hughes, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who founded and developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), the treatment of children who have experienced relational trauma within their family 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. Dan presents and trains in DDP internationally. He is also engaged in extensive training and supervision in the certification of therapists in his treatment model, along with ongoing consultation to various agencies and professionals. Information about DDPI can be found on

Dan is the author of many books and articles. These include Building the Bonds of Attachment, 3rd Edition (Rown-Littlefield, 2017) and The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy, with Jon Baylin, (W.W. Norton, 2016). His most recent books are Healing Relational Trauma with Attachment-Focused Interventions: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Children and Families, with Kim Golding and Julie Hudson as co-authors (WW. Norton, 2019), as well as The Little Book of Attachment with Ben Gurney-Smith (W.W. Norton, 2020).

Dan resides in South Portland, Maine.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Daniel Hughes maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for multiple publishers. Dr. Hughes receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Daniel Hughes is a member of the American Psychological Association.


  1. Utilize three practical strategies to increase the sense of psychological safety for parents.
  2. Demonstrate the PACE model for developing connection with children and adolescents.
  3. Develop strategies for parents and children to reflect, regulate their affective states, and relate to one another. 


Psychological Safety in the Face of Uncertainty

  • Losses and challenges faced by parents today
    • Isolation
    • Lack of stabilizing routines
    • Dysregulated functioning in children
  • Reflection and affective regulation skills in parents
  • Why psychological safety is needed to develop new skills

Family-Based Interventions and Skills

  • Strategies for parents to talk to their children about stress and anxiety
  • Demonstrating PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, empathy)
  • Creating a schedule that meets the needs and desires of all family members
  • Skills for developing children’s’ resilience and readiness to turn to parents for support and comfort
  • Considerations for tele-mental health therapy

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School-based Clinicians
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with children



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 2


Jimmie T

"Excellent and informative"

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