Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

What is CPP?

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an attachment and trauma-focused treatment model for children ages 0-5 and their caregiver.

  • Appropriate for children who have experienced a traumatic event(s) or who are experiencing mental health, attachment, or behavioral problems
  • Average length of treatment: 32 weekly, 1 hour sessions
  • Targets negative perceptions that child and caregiver have of themselves and each other

Return on Investment

In the United States, 61% of children are affected by violence, abuse, or crime, putting them at increased risk for: depression, academic problems, violent behavior, substance use, delinquency, teen pregnancy, and other emotional-behavioral challenges. Lifetime costs of childhood maltreatment are estimated at $210,012 per case.

Service Delivery

CPP has been successfully delivered in diverse settings, provided that the child is living with a primary caregiver (biological, adoptive, or foster) such as outpatient, in home, and residential treatment settings.


Reduced foster care placement disruptions among children with moderate to severe traumatic experiences

Improved cognitive ability, on par with non-traumatized children

Improved attachment security and organization

Decreased parental and child PTSD symptoms

Decreased parental and child depression

Training Opportunities

We offer 1-2 training cohorts per year in CPP. Training cohorts are 18 months long and consist of face-to-face learning sessions and faculty consultation. Contact NC CTP for more information.