Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model to assist young children who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, behavioral, and/or attachment problems. A traumatic event could include but not be limited to abuse and neglect, exposure to domestic violence, grief and loss, natural disaster, medical trauma, and disrupted attachment. CPP can also assist with improving parent-child relationship due to difficult times, difficult behaviors, or parental mental illness. CPP is evidence based from ages 0-5 but can be used for older children as well.
The first few sessions will be with the caregiver only to gather information about concerns, challenges, and needs; family history and experiences; trauma history of caregiver and of child; strengths and values. After those initial sessions, the child will be introduced to therapy. The CPP therapist and caregiver will work together to share with the child about therapy. Weekly sessions will include the therapist, child, and caregiver and utilize play therapy techniques. Sessions will be aimed to assist with processing trauma and trauma symptoms, understanding of each other, responding to difficult feelings/behaviors, create safety, and strengthening parent-child relationships to allow for healing. The therapist and caregiver may meet one on one during this time as well. The last sessions will include celebrating strengths and healing.
For more information about CPP please visit the ChildParent Psychotherapy website.