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DDP Certified Attachment-Focused Professionals

Certification as an Attachment-Focused Professional is for residential treatment program staff, educators, social workers, therapeutic foster parents, occupational therapists, daycare workers and others who provide parent education, coaching, teaching therapeutic parenting, and advice, and others who wish to use the principles of attachment theory in their practice and who desire the recognition that certification provides. This certification is intended to allow professionals to demonstrate the integration of principles and components off Attachment-Focused Treatment and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy into their practice and work.


  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Essential Methods & Practices, Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., Rowman, Lanham, MD, 2010.
  • The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Casebook, Arthur Becker-Weidman, Rowman: Lanham, MD, 2011.
  • The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Primer, Arthur Becker-Weidman, PhD., Century Press, Williamsville, NY, 2012.
  • Creating Capacity for Attachment, Eds., Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., Deborah Shell, MA, LCMHC, Wood ‘N’ Barnes, 2005/2008.
  • Attachment Parenting, Ed., Arthur Becker-Weidman & Deborah Shell, Rowman: Lanham, MD, 2010.

Overview of steps to become certified.

1. Complete 48 hours of training.
2. Letter from your supervisor approving your participation in the Institute's certification program.
3. Completion of the Consultation-Practicum: review or observation of a minimum of four DVDs

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