Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is a Trauma Treatment program for children up to age 6 to strengthen the relationship between parent and child to promote mental wellness and recovery for the child. The evidence-based intervention treatment program is for children up to six years old that have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives.
A traumatic event can be any incident, when witnessed or experienced by a child or adolescent, is extremely distressing to them. This kind of trauma can range from:
- sexual or physical abuse,
- being exposed to domestic violence,
- a sudden death,
- car accident
- natural disaster
CPP identifies if there was any trauma experienced by a parent in addition to the child’s trauma. This is to examine whether or not an event(s) is affecting or interfering with appropriate parenting. CPP focuses on the relationship between the child and the caregiver and intends for this relationship to be the most beneficial in helping the child heal.
Treatments are typically weekly sessions and can last up to a year. The caregiver often will participate in sessions to help the child as well as help the caregiver develop ways to cope better with hardships. This is done by:
- Improving healthy communication skills
- Using play therapy to help the child express feelings toward trauma
- Understanding the child’s behavior and how it is a reaction to trauma
- Understanding and managing how the caregiver feels towards the trauma and how these feelings affect parenting
CPP sessions will most importantly strengthen the parent-child relationship, which will lead both on the path to recovery!
The CPP Program is currently being offered at the St. Mary’s County office, that can be reached at 301-475-8860.
Click here for the CPP brochure.