Child Parent Psychotherapy

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an effective evidence-based treatment for young children (ages birth through 5 years) who have experienced trauma and are exhibiting mental health, attachment, or behavioral symptoms. It is effective at reducing emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma, enhancing safe caregiving practices, and strengthening the parent-child relationship. As a relationship-based intervention, its primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between the child and his or her caregiver and can be used in a variety of family structures (e.g., biological families, foster/adoptive families).

Implementing CPP in Your Agency

CPP training involves an 18-month long process that includes attending 3 separate face-to-face trainings (conducted over 7 total training days), attending two to three monthly consultation calls, attending bimonthly reflective supervision, and treating a minimum number of cases during the 18-month training period. CPP also requires a significant commitment from agencies, including support for therapists, maintenance of supplies, and development of key infrastructure. For more information about the CPP training process and requirements, see below:

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Note: *Agencies applying to send more than one therapist are given priority to training openings as CPP is most effectively implemented in this setting. Openings for each cohort is limited. Once a training is full, interested participants will be put on a list for information on future CPP trainings. 

*Each trainee must be designated as either a supervisor or therapist. For groups of trainees from the same agency, at least one trainee must be designated as a supervisor. Supervisors typically have more clinical experience and may already be in a leadership or supervisory role within their agency (though this is not mandatory). Supervisors attend one more consultation call per month, but have fewer case requirements.