Combined Parent-Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children ages 3-17 and their parents (or caregivers) in families where parents engage in a continuum of coercive parenting strategies and children may present with PTSD symptoms, depression, behavioral problems and other difficulties

For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 3 – 17

Brief Description

CPC-CBT: Empowering Families Who Are at Risk for Physical Abuse is a short-term (16-20 sessions), strength-based therapy program for children ages 3-17 and their parents (or caregivers) in families where parents engage in a continuum of coercive parenting strategies. These families can include those who have been substantiated for physical abuse, those who have had multiple unsubstantiated referrals, and those who fear they may lose control with their child. Children may present with PTSD symptoms, depression, externalizing behaviors and a host of difficulties that are targeted within CPC-CBT. The program is grounded in cognitive behavioral theory and incorporates elements (e.g., trauma narrative and processing, positive reinforcement, timeout, behavioral contracting) from CBT models for families who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or domestic violence, as well as elements from motivational, family systems, trauma, and developmental theories. CPC-CBT helps the child heal from the trauma of the physical abuse, empowers and motivates parents to modulate their emotions and use effective non-coercive parenting strategies, and strengthens parent-child relationships while helping families stop the cycle of violence.

Program Goals:

The goals of Combined Parent-Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT) are:

  • Reduce children's posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, depression, other internalizing symptoms, and behavior problems
  • Improve parent’s mood, parental coping skills, and parenting skills
  • Increase parental empathy for children by enhancing insight into the impact their parenting behavior and interactions have on their children emotionally and behaviorally
  • Increase positive parenting skills
  • Enhance parent-child relationships
  • Reduce current and future use of corporal punishment by parents

Contact Information

Melissa K. Runyon, PhD
Phone: (404) 469-8668
Esther Deblinger, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: CARES Institute
Department: Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine
Phone: (856) 566-7036
Fax: (856) 566-2778

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2012