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Chaddock’s Developmental Trauma and Attachment Program (DTAP) brings hope and healing to children and youth who have experienced severe trauma and struggle with attachment-related difficulties.  DTAP is delivered in three different treatment options: In-Home Intensive, Residential and Accelerated Residential.


Of the children served by Chaddock:

  • 65% are adoptees from the foster care system or were adopted internationally. Even though they currently have loving homes, the early years of their lives represent extreme cases of abuse, neglect or other trauma.

  • 88% of children treated at Chaddock have a history of psychiatric hospitalization with an average of four hospital admissions.

DTAP’s foundation is an in-depth understanding of brain development and trauma’s impact on the formation of child’s internal working model. With this foundation, the Chaddock staff is trained in evidenced-based interventions targeted at calming the fight, flight, freeze or fawn response in these highly traumatized children. DTAP focuses on the unique needs of the child by helping them restore the ability to form trusting relationships.


Attachment-Based Interventions:

  • Theraplay®:  Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement.

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP): Developed by Daniel Hughes, Ph.D., DDP is a way that children are able to begin to talk about and make sense of their experiences of trauma and disrupted attachment relationships.

  • Trust Based Relational Interventions® (TBRI):  TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. 

Trauma-Informed Interventions:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Re-Processing (EMDR): This treatment approach uses bilateral stimulation such as tapping or side to side eye-movements to help both sides of the brain assimilate a traumatic experience.

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): This model works to desensitize children to a traumatic experience through the development of a trauma narrative.

  • Video Intervention Therapy (VIT): This approach uses video to facilitate a rapid therapeutic change in relationships. VIT is used to provide feedback on family member interactions.

  • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP): This is a model of helping children who have been exposed to traumatic events find resolution within the context of the parent child relationship.

Chaddock uses the following additional tools to aid in the restoration of parent/child relationships:

  • Marschak Interaction Method (MIM): The parent/child complete a series of play tasks while being video-taped to assess specific dimensions of the parent child relationship. The video is reviewed with the parents and with specific feedback from the therapist on ways to improve the relationship.

  • Adult Attachment Interview: This research-based interview assesses the parent’s own attachment style and/or traumatic experiences that may impact the parent/child relationship.

An affiliate member of the National Children Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Chaddock has demonstrated its expertise in using these approaches to address attachment issues and trauma disorders. Through DTAP, Chaddock’s professional team meets children where they are developmentally, addresses a child’s unique issues and concerns, works in partnership with parents/caregivers to support the whole family system and provides parents/caregivers the tools they need to repair and strengthen their relationship with their child.

We understand that you have a lot of questions. Our knowledgeable clinical team is here to help. 

Schedule a no obligation video consultation with members of our clinical team. This 30 minute conversation will provide an overview of the program as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. 

 Chaddock's Developmental Trauma & Attachment Program Contacts:

TONY VINCENT, Admissions Manager  |  tvincent@chaddock.org  |  217.592.0347

JES CAIN, Admissions Manager  |  jcain@chaddock.org  |  217.592.0402