Child-Parent Psychotherapy Training for Agencies

Child-Parent Psychotherapy Training for Agencies

Training in child-parent psychotherapy at the Child Trauma Research Program occurs through a number of different models, described below.                                

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 the NCTSN website or by contacting Nick Tise ([email protected]), 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.


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

Learn More

Contact: Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph.D.

Phone: 415-206-5312

Email: [email protected]

To request training with the Child Trauma Research Program, please go to our Facebook page and click on "Request Training".

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