Erikson’s Irving B. Harris Infant Mental Health Certificate Program, in conjunction with Erikson Continuing Education, is offering a two-semester seminar in Child-Parent Psychotherapy.

Photo: Mother and babyChild-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence- and relationship-based intervention for young children who have been exposed to trauma and their families. Traumatic events can negatively affect young children’s social-emotional development, including affect regulation, attachment relationships, and cognitive abilities.

CPP uses the parent-child relationship to promote optimal development for children. CPP interventions rely on behaviors, affects, and interactions that families bring to therapy sessions, allowing those interventions to be incorporated into family routines. The primary role of the CPP therapist is to act as the conduit between the parent and child, supporting the parent’s rightful place as the child’s guide through development and healing from traumatic events.

Seminar description

This two-semester course, taught by Tina Dorow, M.S.W., M.S., LCSW (see below for bio), will provide an overview of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) treatment model, a relationship-based intervention for young children (birth to 6 years) and their families who have been exposed to violence, experienced neglect/maltreatment, and/or have relationship challenges. CPP assessment and intervention focus on interactions between caregivers and children and their perceptions of one another.

During the fall semester, you will receive an overview of CPP treatment goals, assessment guidelines, and interventions. You will also learn CPP core competencies and apply those competencies to families with whom you work. In the spring semester, you will explore in more depth how to assist families in the creation of a trauma narrative, how to act as the conduit between caregivers and children, and how to choose CPP interventions. You will be asked to apply these concepts to case materials.

The seminar will combine readings, class discussion, and written and verbal reflection assignments.

Learning objectives

This course will foster your understanding of CPP, including theoretical underpinnings, target populations, and engagement and assessment of young children and families who have been traumatized.

Students will increase their understanding of:

  1. CPP core competencies
  2. How to apply CPP core competencies to their work.
  3. CPP treatment goals and assessment process.
  4. How to apply CPP treatment goals to their work.
  5. CPP interventions.

Who should attend?

Master’s level therapists currently working in agency settings who have supervisors or co-workers who have been trained in CPP. Participants must also currently work with or have access to working with families with young children who have experienced trauma and/or relationship challenges.


Dates: 14 Wednesdays — September 5, 19; October 3, 17; November 14, 28; December 12; January 16, 30; February 13, 27; March 13, 27; and April 10

Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (21 contact hours total)

Location: Erikson Institute | Directions & parking »

Cost: $315.00

Credit available

  • Approval pending from the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 21 credential hours
  • 2.1 CEUs
  • 21 SWCEUs


To register, contact Jennifer Kemp, (312) 893-7182 or [email protected]. Because of the nature of this treatment model, registration requires instructor approval.

Instructor biography

Tina Dorow, M.S.W., M.S., LCSW, has worked with children and families for 20 years. She specializes in relationship-based work with families who experienced challenges due to abuse and neglect, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness. Tina is currently a faculty member of the Illinois Child Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative and maintains a private practice working with families involved in the Early Intervention and child welfare systems.