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The Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP) offers assessment and treatment to . . .

Children birth through five who have experienced interpersonal traumas

Expecting mothers before and after the birth of their child



The Child Trauma Research Program (CTRP) offers assessment and treatment to children birth through five who have experienced interpersonal traumas, including but not limited to witnessing domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, separation from a caregiver, and community violence. Services are offered in English and Spanish with additional capacity for French. Our team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of staff and trainees that include psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, pre- and post-doctoral psychology fellows and psychiatric residents, many of whom are bi-cultural as well as bilingual. All services are free of charge.

Services include:

  • Child-parent psychotherapy
  • Perinatal child-parent psychotherapy
  • Co-parenting child-parent psychotherapy
  • Trauma-focused screening and assessment
  • Crisis intervention                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

The initial assessment involves meetings with the primary caregiver and the child. The assessment offers the primary caregiver an opportunity to share the following types of information:

  • potentially traumatic and stressful events the child has experienced
  • the child's symptoms
  • ways the event may have affected the child's relationship with family members
  • the experience and symptoms of caregivers who are important to the child                                                                                                                                                                                       

Information gathered during the assessment helps us to thoughtfully develop a treatment plan tailored to the needs of each family.

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g. maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The type of trauma experienced and the child's age or developmental stage determine the structure of CPP sessions. For example, with infants, the child is present but treatment focuses on helping the parent to understand how the child's and parent's experience may affect the child's functioning and development. Toddlers and preschoolers are more active participants in treatment, which usually includes play as a vehicle for facilitating communication between the child and parent.

Caregiver and child are guided over the course of treatment to create a joint narrative of the traumatic event and to identify and address traumatic triggers that generate dysregulated behaviors and affect.

Treatment is generally conducted by a master's or doctoral-level therapist or a supervised trainee with at least two years of clinical experience.

Treatment involves weekly hour-long sessions.


Perinatal-CPP is an adaptation of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy intervention model for expecting mothers who have experienced at least one traumatic event. Like CPP with infants, this adaptation focuses on helping the mother to understand how her experience may affect her relationship with her baby before and after birth. The mother recieves treatment throughout her pregnancy, and after the pregnancy until the child reaches 6 months old.