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Child Parent Psychotherapy, Cohort XI—Full Protocol

June 28, 2016

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).

Featured Presenter:
Maricella Mendez-Sherwin, Ph.D. a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked for over 21 years with children, adolescents and adult populations. During the last 15 years she has specialized in working with young children birth to five and families who have experienced trauma. She is a National Trainer in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) with a training endorsement from the developers of the CPP model at UCSF as well as the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She has trained over 395 clinicians from community mental health agencies in the Los Angeles area in the CPP clinical treatment model providing ongoing supervision, training and clinical consultation.

Days’ Schedules:
Day 1: (registration, continental breakfast @8:30am)
9:00am – 4:30pm

Day 2: (registration, continental breakfast @8:30am)
9:00am – 4:30pm

Day 3: (registration, continental breakfast @8:30am)
9:00am – 12:00pm

Day 3: Supervisor Only Portion of training
1:00pm – 4:30pm

Expected Outcomes:
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

Implementation Readiness:

  • 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 to them
  • 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

Minimum CPP Training Requirements:
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”) prior to 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 the consultation calls included in the training.
  • Complete fidelity forms (assessment & engagement, first session, termination, intervention, consultation and supervision as appropriate) on all CPP clients

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

  • 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
  • Required reading: “Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children” and “Don’t Hit My Mommy”
  • See Registration site for Supervisor Portion Breakdown

Please contact or 213.260.7628 for more questions or special needs.

Cancellation Policy on Registration Website


Dates & Times: June 28, 2016 8:30 am – June 30, 2016 4:30 pm

(check-in, continental breakfast begins at 8:30; Training begins at 9:00am)


CII's Otis Booth Campus

2121 W Temple Street | Los Angeles, CA 90026

Parking Info on Registration Website
Continental breakfast provided. Lunch is on your own.


Continuing Education
(Included; credits available for PSY, MFT, and LCSW’s)
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)

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