Photo with interns trained in CPP at the Child Trauma Research Program

Training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy

Implementation-level training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy occurs through three mechanisms, each of which involves a combination of didactic training, active learning through clinical practice and case presentations, supervision/consultation, and agency/team support. 

While CPP is an appropriate treatment for families with a variety of concerns, training in CPP is designed to ensure that providers have the capacity to support families with young children (under age 6) who have experienced scary or painful events such as loss of a loved person, separation, serious medical procedures, abuse, or violence at home or in the community. We know that many families in the United States and around the world experience significant stress, and, consistent with the mission of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, "To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States," we are dedicated to supporting providers in providing trauma-informed and trauma-responsive services for young children and their families across all our communities.

CPP is an intensive therapy model, and training in CPP is offered only to mental health professionals. In the future, students in a mental health field may be able to obtain training through an endorsed CPP internship.

If you would like training in CPP, please watch the videos on Implementation-Level Training for a brief overview of our training models. Then select the one that best matches your situation and learn more about our training process.


A training program in Child-Parent Psychotherapy that is:

  • Intensive enough to allow most practitioners to adopt CPP
  • Offered by endorsed CPP trainer(s)
  • Composed of required training elements
  • Participants who complete the minimum training requirements are eligible for the CPP roster 


Didactic Learning

Learn about CPP through the manual and core CPP didactic trainings

Active Learning

Partner and provide CPP to families


Think together with team members and with CPP trainers about the model

Agency Support

Ensure that agency policy and procedures support CPP implementation and trauma-informed practice

which implementation model is right for you?