What is Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)?

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, and relationship-based psychotherapy treatment for children ages birth to six who have experienced trauma and/or are experiencing emotional, behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems. Services are provided in the context of the children’s primary caregiving relationship(s), and aim to strengthen these relationships to promote safety, healing, emotional regulation, mental health, and return to a normal developmental trajectory.
The CPP therapist partners with the child’s caregivers to recognize and support family strengths and address challenges while honoring family and cultural values.
CPP was developed by Alicia Lieberman, PhD; Patricia Van Horn, PhD; and Chandra Ghosh-Ippen, PhD at the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

CLICK HERE to download a CPP Informational Brochure

CPP Treatment Objectives

In CPP, the therapist supports and holds in mind the experiences and history of both child and parent as they work with the dyad to address presenting concerns, traumatic or stressful experiences, and often the impact of intergenerational trauma.

  • Enhance safety
  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Enhance affect regulation
  • Enhance understanding of the meaning of behavior
  • Normalize the traumatic response
  • Facilitate the co-creation of narratives to help make meaning of traumatic and/or stressful experiences, as well as protective factors
  • Help differentiate between the then and now
  • Promote normative development
  • Help the family put the traumatic experience in perspective

CPP Training Components

  • 18 month commitment for agency teams that include mental health clinicians and their supervisors
  • Three in-person learning sessions held in Madison, WI
  • Implementation of CPP with a minimum of four child-parent dyads
  • Twice monthly, one-hour fidelity group teleconference calls with CPP Trainer
  • Twice monthly, one-hour reflective consultation teleconference calls
  • Monthly, one-hour telephone calls for supervisors with a CPP Trainer
  • Preparation to apply CPP concepts and strategies to Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
  • UW-Madison Extension CEUs
  • Eligibility for National Rostering in CPP upon completion

We are currently in the process of planning for the next CPP Learning Community.  If you would like to be informed of future CPP Training opportunities in Wisconsin, please use the following link to enter your contact information:                  CLICK HERE

If your agency may be interested in arranging for an agency-based CPP Training for a group of mental health clinicians, please contact Sarah Strong, LCSW, IMH-E® at sstrong@wisc.edu.

Looking for a CPP Provider?  

National CPP Provider Roster:  https://childtrauma.ucsf.edu/cpp-provider-roster

The National CPP Provider Roster is held by the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco