Friday Evening Lecture: Dyadic Developmental Psychology, Mervin Maier, LMFT

  • Fri, January 15, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • San Rafael Community Center, Club Room #5, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

Please Note Changed Location!



January 15, 2016

Mervin Maier, LMFT

This is a Dan Hughes attachment and intersubjective model for working with foster, adoptive children and families.

Whether as an intern or therapist, you have all been presented at some time or another with a child or teen that has been exposed to intra-familial abuse, neglect, inadequate or unpredictable parenting, separation or loss of a primary caregiver.  Many of these young people exhibit oppositional-defiant behaviors, have difficulty trusting adults, have problems managing their emotions, and frequently try to control people and events in their lives. Many children who demonstrate this profile will not meet the criteria for Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). They demonstrate what Dan Hughes, PhD and founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) calls an “attachment disturbance”.  Whether RAD or not at the core of many of these children’s sense of self is shame and they believe that they are “bad” and “unlovable”.

This presentation will help the participants to understand the DDP model and its central principles.


Mervin Maier, MA, MFT has been a licensed therapist for over 39 years. He has worked in many counseling domains including private non-profit agencies, residential treatment, and private practice. His instructional experience includes providing workshops and trainings for parents and professionals. He has been a community college instructor and is currently a consultant to professional groups and therapists. In his practice Mervin serves children, teens, adults, and couples. He is Humanistic/Existentially-based integrating an attachment model that is both experientially and emotionally focused. Mervin has been training with Dan Hughes since 2004 and is a “Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy ® Therapist”.  He is currently working on certification as a DDP Consultant. In addition to attachment issues Mervin has specific expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning difficulties, anger management and spectrum disorders.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the central features of the DDP model, i.e. providing the intersubjective experience.
  • PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, and Empathy).
  • Co-regulation of affect.
  • Development of a coherent narrative.
  • Affective-reflective dialogue

    Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

    NEW LOCATION: San Rafael Community Center, Club Room #5, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 (map)

    Information: For more information about the Friday Evening Lecture Series and about joining the Committee, contact Committee Chairs Suzanne richardson and Scott Nelson.

    CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. This will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents  Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

    Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

    Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

    Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

    Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

    Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

    Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

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    (415) 459 3484

    Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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