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

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. 


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Daniel A. Hughes, PhD
1 Hour 26 Minutes
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Aug 06, 2020
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma and attachment disorganization. He helped to develop Dyadic Developmental psychotherapy, an attachment-focused treatment model that relies on the theories and research of attachment and intersubjectivity. He is known for creating the PACE Model which facilitates play, acceptance, curiosity and empathy when working with children.

Dr. Hughes is the author of several books including, Building the Bonds of Attachment, 2nd edition, (2006), Attachment-Focused Family Therapy Workbook (2011), and co-wrote Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment. He has provided training and consultations to therapists, social workers and parents throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Australia and provides regular trainings across the United States and Europe. Dr. Hughes received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Daniel Hughes maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for multiple publishers. Dr. Hughes receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Daniel Hughes is President, Board of Directors for Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute.

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  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 - OAKLAND, California

"Excellent and informative"

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