In response to a growing need for early childhood mental health services, a multi-agency partnership is bringing CPP training to Alaska with the goal of training 30 clinicians in this nationally recognized, evidence-based practice.
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The treatment is based in attachment theory but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral theories.
Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child’s sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate affect and improving the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.
Dates: Successful applicants will participate in a 18 month training process that includes:
Location: Wasilla, AK (venue TBA)
Cost: $1,000 per clinician (scholarships available).
Participation will be limited to practicing mental health clinicians who are either licensed or actively pursuing licensure. Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must be currently working with at least four early childhood clients suitable for CPP or have the ability to do so during the course of the training.
CPP is designed for implementation in an agency setting; however, private practitioners working with infant and early childhood populations are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.
Agency applicants are encouraged to form CPP teams, consisting of 1-3 clinicians who will participate in the training cohort, along with a clinical supervisor and program administrator who will participate in the initial didactic training and provide support to the clinical team throughout the training process. It is important to note that each individual clinician from an agency wishing to complete the training must fill out an individual application and be accepted into the cohort.
General, registration and scholarship information can be found on the Denali Family Services website.