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Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Training - Cohort X

November 4, 2015

Presented by CII with the oversight of CPP developers at University of San Francisco


Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g. maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse or exposure to domestic violence), who are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems as a result. The treatment model integrates psychodynamic, attachment, trauma, cognitive behavioral and social-learning theories into a dyadic treatment approach designed to restore the child-parent relationship and the child’s mental health/developmental progress that have been impacted by the experience of trauma. Child-parent interactions are the focus of the intervention modalities aimed at restoring a sense of mastery, security and growth, and promoting congruence between bodily sensations, feelings, and thinking on the part of both the child and parent and their relationship with one another. Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship (e.g. cultural norms, socioeconomic and immigration-related stressors).


Based on findings from CPP randomized controlled trials, the following outcomes are expected:

  • Significant decrease in maternal distress
  • Significant reduction in child behavior problems
  • Reductions in child trauma symptoms
  • Improved attachment relationship between caregiver and child


  • Agency supports early childhood mental health services for children birth to five
  • Agency has a referral stream of children birth to five
  • Agency staff has training in early childhood development or has consultation in this area readily available tothem
  • Agency provides mental health services specific to trauma
  • Agency currently implements evidenced-based treatment models with fidelity
  • Agency has (or is training) a CPP supervisor to provide weekly CPP reflective supervision on site
  • Agency provides time and institutional support for reflective practice model


Agency staff participates in an 18 months training protocol that includes:

  • Reading the CPP manuals (“Don’t Hit My Mommy” and “Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children”) priorto participating in initial training.
  • Attending an initial 3-day workshop
  • Attending two 2-day booster sessions (convened 6 and 12 months after the initial workshop)
  • Therapists and supervisors participate in 36 consultation telephone calls, twice monthly for 18 months
  • Supervisors participate in an additional 18 consultation telephone calls, once monthly for 18 months.
  • Clinicians must treat a minimum of 4 CPP clients and supervisors must treat at least 2 CPP clients in the 18month period.
  • Attend weekly CPP reflective supervision or consultation (either group or individual) in addition to theconsultation calls included in the training.
  • Complete fidelity forms (assessment & engagement, first session, termination, intervention, consultation andsupervision as appropriate) on all CPP clients

Featured Presenter:

Maricella Mendez-Sherwin, Ph.D.

Registration Fee: $2,500.00 per participant for the full training protocol and includes the below:

Initial workshop $750
6th Month Booster $415
12th Month Booster $415
36 Group consultation calls & 18 Supervisor consultation calls (assumes a minimum of 23 attended) $920


Dates & Times: November 4, 2015 8:30 am – November 6, 2015 12:00 pm

Day 1 – 8:30am registration/check-in; 9:00am (prompt start) – 4:30pm
Day 2 – 8:30am registration/check-in; 9:00am (prompt start) – 4:30pm
Day 3 – 8:30am registration/check-in; 9:00am (prompt start) – 12:00pm


CII's Otis Booth Campus

2121 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Street and offsite parking lot is available to participants at no cost

Morning and afternoon snack included. Participants are responsible for their own lunches.


APA: Children’s Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Children’s Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Initial workshop (Up to 19 hours)
6th Month Booster session #1 (Up to 13 hours)
12th Month Booster session #2 (up to 13 hours)

Required reading: “Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children” and “Don’t Hit My Mommy”

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