Child Trauma Research Program

Child-Parent Psychotherapy Training

Training in child-parent psychotherapy at the Child Trauma Research Program occurs through a number of different models. Below we describe the models and provide contact and cost information where appropriate.

Clinical Internships at the Child Trauma Research Program

  • At CTRP, internships are available for psychology pre and post doctoral students, social work interns, and UCSF psychiatry residents.
  • More information about the internship program can be found at and by contacting CTRP's director of training Nancy Compton (


National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Collaboratives

  • Child-parent psychotherapy is disseminated through the Learning Collaborative (LC) model of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN;
  • Typically, LCs involve clinicians who are part of NCTSN member centers, but efforts are also made to accommodate clinicians from community agencies.
  • Agencies are selected through an application process that includes demonstrating organizational readiness to implement the practice.
  • Participating organizations assemble a team to participate in the LC that includes a senior leader, one or more supervisors, and clinicians. This approach helps the practice take root and grow in the agency.
  • Participating organizations agree to collect metrics and other outcome data.
  • Training involves three learning sessions held over the course of one year and telephone-based case consultation held twice a month for 1 1/2 years. Learning sessions are hosted by centers participating in the LC, and take place at locations throughout the United States.
  • Cost: Training is provided free of charge. However, participants or their sponsoring agencies must pay for travel to the learning sessions.
  • More information about NCTSN Learning Collaboratives can be found at and by contacting Nick Tise (, the managing director of training and implementation at the NCTSN.


Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Communities

  • A CPP Learning Community includes a group of agencies (usually from the same geographic area) that have come together to learn the practice. Sites have the ability both to learn from one another as they develop their knowledge of the model and to pool resources to pay for training.
  • A learning community may be organized by CPP trainers, an agency, or an organizing body.
  • Learning communities typically include the components listed below in the section titled "standard CPP training components".
  • Cost: Depends on the way the training is organized and should be arranged with the trainers (see general cost information below).


Child-Parent Psychotherapy Training for Individual Agencies

  • Individual agencies can obtain training in CPP by contracting with CPP trainers.
  • The training will vary depending on the agency's needs and experience but will typically include the components listed below under standard CPP training components.
  • Cost: Depends on the way the training is organized and should be organized with the trainers (see general cost information below).


Standard CPP Training Components

Training in CPP typically includes the following:
    • Demonstration that the agency is ready to implement the practice
    • Agency staff have training in early childhood development or have consultation in this area readily available to them.
    • Agency provides time and institutional support for reflective practice
    • Agency is able to assemble a team including administrators, supervisors, and clinicians to learn the model
    • Agency staff read the manuals prior to participating in training.
    • Agency staff participate in a 1 1/2 year training process that includes:
      • Initial 3-day workshop
        • Two 2-day booster sessions (held six months apart, after the initial workshop)
        • Case consultation in person or via telephone (2 times a month for 1 1/2 years)
        • All supervisors and clinicians participating in CPP training provide treatment and receive consultation. Clinicians must treat a minimum of at least 4 cases in the 18-month period and supervisors must treat at least 2 CPP cases.


        Standard CPP Training Costs

        Costs vary depending on the training model and the trainer. Daily rates for trainers vary from $2000-$3500 per day depending on trainer experience and time to travel to training site. Costs provided below are based on an estimate of one trainer for 30 people.  For more people, we recommend an additional trainer, which would result in increased costs.

        Initial 3-day workshop (3 days @ $2000-$3500 per day) $6000-$10,500
        Booster Session #1 (2 days @ $2000-$3500 per day) $4000-$7000
        Booster Session #2 (2 days @ $2000-$3500 per day) $4000-$7000
        2 groups for consultation calls (2x/month each group for 1 1/2 years @ $150-$350 each hour)* $10,800-$25,200

        *For a group of 30, we recommend splitting the group into two calls, with each group having 36 calls over a 1 1/2 year period. Cost for calls ranges from $150-$350 an hour depending on trainer experience, so cost for 72 calls would range from $10,800-$25,200 over the course of training.

        Total Costs (Range) (not including cost of manual, travel for trainer, costs for phone calls) $24,800-$49,700


        Total costs do not include indirect costs. When training is arranged through a University, indirect costs apply. For the University of California, San Francisco, the indirect rate ranges from 26-33% for trainings depending on whether work is being done on campus or off site.

        Total costs do not include costs of manuals. Below are the required and optional manuals and resources. Costs can be found on

        • Required: Child Parent Psychotherapy Manual

        Lieberman, A.F., & Van Horn, P. (2004). Don't hit my mommy: A manual for child parent psychotherapy with young witnesses of family violence. Zero to Three Press: Washington, D.C.

        • Required: Book Describing Conceptual Framework, Intervention Modalities and Case Examples

        Lieberman, A.F. & Van Horn, P. (2008). Psychotherapy with infants and young children: Repairing the effects of stress and trauma on early attachment. New York: The Guilford Press.

        • Optional: Adaptation of CPP for Traumatic Bereavement

        Lieberman, A.F., Compton, N.C., Van Horn, P., Ghosh Ippen, C. (2003). Losing a parent to death in the early years: Guidelines for the treatment of traumatic bereavement in infancy. Washington D.C.: Zero to Three Press.


        Contact Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph.D.

        Phone: 415-206-5312


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