Helping heal parent-child relationships after traumatic events.
Stressful events can teach young children unspoken lessons that affect their development and behavior. Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is therapeutic treatment that helps young children and families recover after traumatic events.
When difficult things happen, young children need caregivers to help them:
- Make sense of what their family experienced.
- Know what they can expect in the future.
- Learn to cope with challenging negative emotions.
CPP can give caregivers the tools and resources they need to help children with:
- Loss of a loved one.
- Separation from family or other caregivers.
- Serious medical issues or procedures.
- Abuse or violence at home or in the community.
- Difficult behavior.
- Change in placement or caregivers.
- Family member’s physical or mental health difficulties.
“I had a pretty well-focused trauma lens prior to a CPP learning collaborative, but learning CPP has helped me better understand how to widen that lens to put trauma in a family systems, attachment-based perspective. ”
CAF Director, Columbia Area Mental Health Center