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Intro to Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

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Erikson Institute

451 North LaSalle Drive

Chicago, IL 60654

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Overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) by Carol Graybill, LCSWB. Provide understanding of core components & foundational values of CPP

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This training is for:

• People who provide trauma informed treatment to older children but are looking for ways to intervene with younger children or who are wondering how trauma affects younger children

• People who have seen referrals for CPP and wondered what it is or how it is different from the type of treatment they are providing

• People who work with young children and would like to learn more about how trauma affects them or affects families

This Overview Training will provide professionals with an increased understanding of the foundational values, principles and core components of Child Parent Psychotherapy. Training for practice in this model occurs over an 18 month intensive learning collaborative process in treatment teams. This training will be helpful to those curious about CPP, those interested in a trauma treatment intervention for infants and young children with a focus on parent child relationships, mental health professionals including supervisors and administrators considering practice and/or implementation of CPP at their organization, or professionals who are referring children and families for CPP.

Child Parent Psychotherapy is an evidence based psychotherapy modality for traumatized young children ages birth to 5 years, based on the principles that (1) relationships are central to young children’s healthy development and (2) babies and young children organize their responses to threat and danger around their attachment relationships. When young children experience the overwhelming sights, sounds, and internal sensations that can occur in a traumatic experience, their expectations of protection is betrayed and their trust in their caregiver can be impacted which in turn can impact their development. Child Parent Psychotherapy targets to change punitive parenting practices and unmodulated and dysregulated parental and child behaviors, particularly symptoms of violence-related trauma, that includes externalizing problems such as aggression, defiance, noncompliance, recklessness, and excessive tantrums and internalizing problems such as multiple fears, inconsolability, separation anxiety, difficulties sleeping, and social and emotional withdrawal.

When caregivers have experienced trauma, especially as children, this can affect the way they raise their children in positive and negative ways. Talking about this is a potential intervention for breaking the cycle of trauma and violence. It is also common for caregivers to be strongly affected when their children experience trauma, especially if they experienced the same event. In CPP, the therapist supports the caregiver and family in addition to the child, which has supported positive outcomes for the whole family. (Lieberman, Van Horn, Gosh-Ippen, 2014)

BIO: Carole Graybill, AM, LCSW. Ms. Graybill’s specialization in child trauma extends over 25 years. Her clinical identity is rooted in early experiences of working in domestic violence and the child welfare system. Ms. Graybill is a trauma-informed therapist and a clinical and reflective consultant to a variety of practitioners across diverse settings. An additional specialization is embedding trauma-informed practice in organizations. Ms. Graybill is recognized for offering innovative training for adult learners. She is an endorsed National CPP trainer since 2011 and currently conducts Implementation Level CPP training in multiple states. Ms. Graybill is most inspired by the journey of healing that CPP offers families. Carole Graybill LCSWB

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