Child Parent Psychotherapy

The CPP Training Model

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an effective mental health treatment for young children (ages birth through 5 years) who have experienced trauma, including sexual and physical abuse. CPP is a relationship-based intervention that has demonstrated success in reducing posttraumatic and other challenging mental health symptoms in children, and can be used within a variety of family structures (e.g., biological families, foster/adoptive families). A statewide dissemination of this intervention was initiated by the AR NEST (AR Network for Early Stress and Trauma) program and is being continued by ARBEST in order to increase our state’s ability to provide treatments that are effective to young children who have been exposed to trauma.

Why do you need it?

CPP will allow you to address the mental health needs of young children who have experienced trauma, a population which represents nearly half of child maltreatment reports across the nation. Completing training in CPP will not only enable you to practice this success-proven model with your clients, but it will also list you in our database so that any parent, healthcare provider, mental health professional, or child advocacy center needing services will have access to your listing. Furthermore, this training is absolutely free to you. It involves five stages, as described below.

Stage 1

Contact ARBEST to express your interest in CPP training and complete an application form (

Stage 2

Once approved for training, register for access to the online ARBEST database. (Note: Full access to the database is granted after attending the first in-person training, see Stage 3.)

Stage 3

CPP training occurs over 18 months. You will automatically be registered to attend ARBEST’s free CPP in-person trainings with national expert, Joy Osofsky, Ph.D. There are three in-person trainings, seven days total, over the first 12 months of the 18-month training period. After completing the initial training, you will have full access to the ARBEST database to enter assessments and complete ongoing case tracking forms in order to monitor clients’ progress through CPP.

Stage 4

Complete consultation calls involving case presentations and ongoing teleconferences with Dr. Osofsky twice per month for 18 months.

Stage 5

After completing the previous stages, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from ARBEST and will be identified as having received training in the CPP evidence-based model. You will have also made significant progress, and possibly even completed, requirements to be nationally-rostered as a CPP clinician.

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