Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Training

Now Accepting Applications for the 18 Month Learning Collaborative
March 2024 – September 2025!


Apply by December 20, 2023 to ensure consideration for training participation and scholarship. Applications will continue to be accepted as space allows. CLICK HERE for CPP Training Application.

Learning Collaborative Training Dates:

Learning Session 1: March 6-8, 2024 in Milwaukee, WI
Learning Session 2: September 9-10, 2024 via Zoom
Learning Session 3: March 6-7, 2025 via Zoom
Closing Session: September 8, 2025 in Milwaukee, WI

CPP Training Components

18 month commitment for agency teams that include mental health clinicians and supervisors

Attend three learning sessions provided at six month intervals and a closing session (dates and locations listed below)

Implementation of CPP with a minimum of four child-parent dyads

Twice monthly, one-hour group consultation calls via Zoom with a CPP Trainer

Twice monthly reflective supervision/ consultation with a supervisor/consultant trained in CPP provided through participant’s workplace or the CPP Training

Monthly, one-hour reflective consultation calls for supervisors with a CPP Trainer

Preparation to apply CPP concepts to Infant/ Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

UW-Madison Extension CEUs (approximately 5 CEUs (50 Hours)

Opportunity for National Rostering in CPP

CLICK HERE for CPP Training Agreements

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 Training 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

If you have questions about the CPP Training 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