What is Child-Parent Psychotherapy?
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based therapy that strengthens the relationship between a parent and child so that both can heal from trauma and violence.
CPP can help infants, toddlers, and those in pre-school, as well as their caretakers, cope with the negative effects of trauma and violence.
The focus of CPP is to help children and their caregivers reconnect and heal following traumatic events. This healing can lead to decreased anxiety, as well as more confident and trusting relationships for both caregiver and child. This is achieved through helping children and their caregivers learn new ways to cope with challenges and build healthy relationships.
What Should You Expect?
Average treatment can last up to one year. Most sessions will include both the child and the caregiver.
Participation in the sessions by the caregiver is essential to the healing process. It helps the child heal from the effects of trauma and violence, while helping the caregiver develop new skills. This is done through:
- Managing the caregiver’s own feeling about the traumatic event.
- Understanding and managing the child’s behavior.
- Improving communication.
- Incorporating play into each stage of treatment.
In cases where the caregiver has experienced his or her own trauma, the therapist will support the caregiver around how trauma may impact his or her relationship with the child.
If a child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
CPP is offered at Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s 165 Lancaster Street, Portland, Maine location. For more information, call (207) 874-1030 – TTY: (207) 874-1043.
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