Developmental Process Work Training


This  training trains mental health practitioners to heal developmental trauma using the Weinholds’ clinical model, Developmental Process Work (DPW). This practical, hands-on training specifically teaches participants how to  identify and heal developmental shock, trauma and stress associated with the Disorganized Attachment Style. This DPW training program for professionals meets twice quarterly, and certifies participants’ proficiency in Developmental Process Work.

Healing3-1-2.cdrBased on a psychological model of attachment/attunement, this DPW training increases participants’ capacities for healing the Disorganized Attachment style and the developmental shock, trauma and stress associated with itIt particularly focuses on helping participants and their clients heal any separation trauma during the second and third years of life, which is where the Self begins to emerge and individuation begins.

This DPW training also emphasizes the use of inner-work practices to expand participants’ personal and professional skills in self-reflection, self-correction, self-directedness, self-authorizing and self-authoring. CPDC’s teaching/learning environment uses a constructivistic, community-based process to help participants create personal and professional knowledge and meaning from both the information presented and their experiential work.

This Developmental Process Work training is based on the Weinholds’ textbook, Healing Developmental Trauma: A Systems Approach to Counseling Individuals, Couples and Families. A copy of the book is included in the training fee.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will learn:

  • Developmental Systems Theory, the Weinholds’ four-stage systemic model of human development as a framework for identifying the root causes of delayed psychological and emotional development human systems.
  • To identify and help clear the Disorganized Attachment style in themselves and clients.
  • How to master the challenges found Margaret Mahler’s four sub-stage model of individuation during the counterdependent stage of development.
  • How Drama Triangle dynamics block the individuation process, and prevent the emergence of the True Self.
  • How to identify and heal developmental shock, trauma and stress in individuals, couples and families.
  • How to recognize the specific role that developmental trauma plays in brain development, post-traumatic stress, developmental delay, the “internal working model” of reality, and Disorganized Attachment.
  • How to use DPW’s MindBodySpirit clinical approach for healing developmental trauma in individuals, couples and families in a professional mental health setting.
  • A set of therapeutic skills for healing the seven key elements of developmental shock, trauma and stress:
    • clearing traumatic imprints from the brain’s limbic system experienced during the prenatal, birth, perinatal, co-dependent and counter-dependent stages of development,
    • identifying and clearing body memories of trauma
    • changing archaic beliefs and belief systems
    • restoring the ability to sustain deep emotional resonance
    • learning to regulate emotional states
    • using the attuned client-therapist field to heal intrapsychic and Self-other splits
    • resolving intractable relationship conflicts at their source.
  • How to personalize and internalize the material through experiential activities based on DPW’s principles.
  • To use the therapist-client relationship energy field to heal developmental shock, trauma and stress in themselves and in clients.
  • How to apply the training content for self-growth that improves participants’ overall professional effectiveness.

AUDIENCE: Registered Psychotherapists, Licensed Professional Counselor Candidates, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Counselors Licensed Social Workers.

PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed the Trauma-Informed Care Training for MH Practitioners.


This course is designed to qualify towards professional development requirements. You will receive a Certificate of Proficiency at the end of the program indicating 60 contact hours. Licensed Professional Counselors will also receive an NBCC accredited Certificate of Attendance for 70 contact hours.

ENROLLMENT MAXIMUM: 12 participants



buybutton2 $300.00 with shared lunches

LOCATION: 4820 Topaz Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 (central location near Academy – Austin Bluffs Pkwy. intersection)






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