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Compass Seminars – DPP Pace (Cairns)

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Compass Seminars – DPP Pace (Cairns)

Two-day in person workshop introducing the PACE Attitude in Action

Compass Seminars presents DPP Pace (Cairns)

This training is for those who work with, teach, provide care or parent children and young people who have experienced the damaging effects of abuse, neglect and disruption. The underpinning model is Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP). Developed by Dr Dan Hughes as a central part of attachment-focused family therapy, the approach supports adults to get beyond the behaviour and defences of children in their care by developing an attitude of Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE). PACE enables adults to build safe, trusting and meaningful relationships with young people who have experienced trauma.

PACE is a way of thinking, feeling, communicating and behaving. The approach focuses on building trust, strengthening emotional connections and shared experiences, developing a sense of security and containing heightened emotions. Using PACE helps adults to slow down their own reactions, stay calm and attune to what the young person is experiencing in the moment. It sends signals that make it safe to be sad, share moments of joy or seek comfort. In tricky moments it helps stay emotionally regulated and guide the young person through their emotions, thoughts and behaviours. In turn, PACE helps the young person feel more connected to and understood by adults in their life. It helps to slow down their own responses and break down the wall of shame and mistrust many feel.

Day One

  • Introduction and connections
  • Cultural issues and the Australian context
  • Brain Development
  • Attachment
  • PACE: what it is and isn’t
  • What stops us being PACEful? – blocked trust and fear of connection
  • PACE in action

Day Two 

  • More things that stop us being PACEful? – shame, values & attitudes
  • Blocked Care
  • Self Care
  • PACE in action


Following the workshop you are invited to access 2 hours (2 x 1 hour) of online coaching to help build your confidence and connect you with others using PACE. Participants must complete the workshop and two coaching sessions to receive a certificate. Four dates are available and you will be asked at the workshop to chose one date from week 1 and a second date from week 2 as listed below:

  • April 4th or 5th from 9 – 10am
  • April 11th or 12th from 9 – 10am


Presented by: Lorren Arezio. Lorren is a Brisbane-based Registered Psychologist and Australia’s first DDP Consultant. Her professional experience across Government, Non-Government and private practice has enabled her to understand first hand the many struggles and issues faced by children and families in out of home care. She discovered DDP many years ago and found it to be the most effective way of creating enough safety to support positive growth for children, young people and families, regardless of their circumstances, and in helping them to heal and grow. She is excited about the launch of the DDP PACE training to equip others to support positive growth in vulnerable children and young people. She is a DDP PACE Trainer (supported by DDPI). DDP PACE Training was initially developed in the UK by DDP Connects UK and is now overseen by DDPI who supports DDP PACE Trainers. This 2 day training has been developed specifically for Australia by Australian DDP Practitioners in consultation with DDPI.

Date: Thursday, 21st to Friday, 22nd March – 9am to 4pm

CPD: 16 hours

Venue: Best Western Plus North Lakes Hotel, 22 Lakefield Drive, North Lakes, QLD, 4509

Cost: Early bird price until 8 March – $650 per person // Standard price – $799 per person

Register: Online