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What is CPP?
Therapy for young children from birth through age five and their parents/caregivers
Why is it important for
parents/caregivers to be involved in treatment?
Caregivers are the most important people in their children's lives
When difficult things happen, young children need parents and caregivers to help them . . .
CPP may help when . . .
To understand ways children may show us they need help
What happens during CPP?
We work together through three stages
Stage 1: Getting to know the family
Stage 2: Addressing the family's needs
We help parents and children to
When children are very little, we help parents/caregivers understand
Stage 3: Wrapping up and planning for the future
How do we know if CPP helps . . .
From Parents and Other Caregivers
"You are the only one that explained how trauma is affecting my daughter, and I'm so grateful."
Adoptive Mother to her CPP Therapist
". . . he knows now that he can talk to me, he can come to me, [and] he can trust me . . . And he really truly believes that; in the beginning, he didn't. Big difference to the little boy who was afraid."
"In time we started to see . . . it's ok we can trust people, to be honest in therapy, to talk about the bad things that happen to feel . . . our sparkle inside that we thought we lost; with help we are finding out just how bright our sparkle really is."
"My 6 yr old grand-daughter is a survivor of child abuse, battered child syndrome. Thanks to our Child-Parent Psychotherapy sessions, I am able to recognize when she is having a "moment", as we call them now, and help her work through her feelings and bring her back to a state of calm. I have become more confident in my own abilities of being able to actually help her healing process. There are not enough ways to express how thankful we are for our Dr. Mark."
There have been a number of studies, including five randomized control trials, that have looked at whether CPP is helpful to families. Together these studies show that CPP results in improvements in children's and parent's functioning and in the parent-child relationship. For more information, please visit our CPP Research page.
CPP has been included in the following registries of effective programs and practices: