DDP is a model of treatment and parenting for children with problems secondary to abuse, neglect, and multiple placements. It is based on the premise that the development of children and youth is dependent upon and highly influenced by the nature of the parent-child relationship. Such a relationship, especially with regard to the child’s attachment, security and emotional development, requires ongoing, reciprocal experiences between parent and child. Without such reciprocal experiences that promote an actual and perceived safety for the child, the child’s neurological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning is compromised.
In addition, clients can self-refer.