Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), developed by Alicia Lieberman PhD, is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g., maltreatment, sudden or traumatic death of someone close, serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment and/or behavioral problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his/her caregiver as a way to restore the child’s cognitive, behavioral and social functioning. Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver.
The treatment is based in attachment theory, and also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral theories.
This treatment model is used in several programs of The Village, as part of its Collaborative Trauma Center.