What is CPP?

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based modality for children 0-6 who have experienced a traumatic event and are experiencing attachment or behavioral problems. This is a great modality to help young children and their caregivers, as counseling sessions include both the child and the primary caregiver.  The goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and their caregiver by helping the child make sense of what the family went through and cope with intense emotions.  CPP is supported by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, SAMHSA’s national Registery of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices, California Evidence-based Clearinghouse.

Helpful information:

  • Treatment looks like weekly sessions for around 1 year. 
  • Respects cultural values, helps families heal after stressful experiences and supports family strengths. 
  • Key components include focusing on safety, affect regulation improving the child/caregiver relationship, normalization of trauma-related response, and a goal of returning the child to a normal developmental trajectory.

Helpful resources:

  • https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/cognitive-processing-therapy
  • childparentpsychotherapy.com

Therapists currently going through the 18-month Learning Collaborative, to be trained in CPP:

  • Miranda P.
  • Lauren P.
  • Amanda K.
  • Amanda H.
  • Bo M.
  • Jennie W.

What is CPP?

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based modality for children 0-6 who have experienced a traumatic event and are experiencing attachment or behavioral problems. This is a great modality to help young children and their caregivers, as counseling sessions include both the child and the primary caregiver.  The goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and their caregiver by helping the child make sense of what the family went through and cope with intense emotions.  CPP is supported by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, SAMHSA’s national Registery of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices, California Evidence-based Clearinghouse.

Helpful information:

  • Treatment looks like weekly sessions for around 1 year. 
  • Respects cultural values, helps families heal after stressful experiences and supports family strengths. 
  • Key components include focusing on safety, affect regulation improving the child/caregiver relationship, normalization of trauma-related response, and a goal of returning the child to a normal developmental trajectory
 

Our process:

  • Schedule a caregiver intake 
  • 2-3 parent/caregiver sessions (child not present) so that we can gather information about your child & their developmental history, what traumas were experienced & understanding of caregiver’s history.
  • Sessions with child & caregiver together. 
    • Important the focus is on caregiver and child w/out other family members present.  
    • “Playtime” with child 
  • Caregiver follow up sessions 
    • The therapist will provide feedback, observations or concerns 
    • The therapist will help parents learn skills such as reflective listening, descriptive praise, and limit setting.
    • Discussion of the caregiver is a thermostat, not a thermometer, giving choices, and positive feedback.

 

Helpful resources:

  • https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/cognitive-processing-therapy
  • childparentpsychotherapy.com

Therapists currently going through the 18-month Learning Collaborative, to be trained in CPP:

  • Miranda P.
  • Lauren P.
  • Amanda K.
  • Amanda H.
  • Bo M.
  • Jennie W.