Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

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Scientific Rating:
Supported by Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence: Services for Victims and their Children, Infant and Toddler Mental Health Programs (Birth to 3) and Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: Children age 0-5, who have experienced a trauma, and their caregivers

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 5

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 5

Brief Description

CPP is a treatment for trauma-exposed children aged 0-5. Typically, the child is seen with his or her primary caregiver, and the dyad is the unit of treatment. CPP examines how the trauma and the caregivers’ relational history affect the caregiver-child relationship and the child’s developmental trajectory. A central goal is to support and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship as a vehicle for restoring and protecting the child’s mental health. Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship (e.g., culture and socioeconomic and immigration related stressors). Targets of the intervention include caregivers’ and children’s maladaptive representations of themselves and each other and interactions and behaviors that interfere with the child’s mental health. Over the course of treatment, caregiver and child are guided to create a joint narrative of the psychological traumatic event and identify and address traumatic triggers that generate dysregulated behaviors and affect.

Program Goals:

The program representative did not provide information about the program’s goals.

Contact Information

Name: Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of California, San Francisco
Department: Child Trauma Research Program
Phone: (415) 206-5312
Fax: (415) 206-5328

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2006