Benefits of CPP

  • Focus on the parent-child relationship as the primary target of intervention.
  • Focus on safety: a) Focus on safety issues in the environment as needed; b) Promote safe behavior; c) Legitimize feelings while highlighting the need for safe/appropriate behavior; d) Foster appropriate limit setting; e) Help establish appropriate parent-child roles.
  • Affect regulation: a) Provide developmental guidance regarding how children regulate affect and emotional reactions; b) Support and label affective experiences; c) Foster parent’s ability to respond in helpful, soothing ways when child is upset; d) Foster child’s ability to use parent as a secure base; e) Develop/foster strategies for regulating affect.
  • Reciprocity in Relationships: a) Highlight parent’s and child’s love and understanding for each other; b) Support expression of positive and negative feelings for important people; c) Foster ability to understand the other’s perspective; d) Talk about ways that parent and child are different and autonomous; e) Develop interventions to change maladaptive patterns of interactions.
  • Focus on the traumatic event: a) Help parent acknowledge what child has witnessed and remembered; b) Help parent and child understand each other’s reality with regards to the trauma; c) Provide developmental guidance acknowledging response to trauma; d) Make linkages between past experiences and current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; e) Help parent understand link between her own experiences and current feelings and parenting practices; f) Highlight the difference between past and present circumstances; g) Support parent and child in creating a joint narrative; h) Reinforce behaviors that help parent and child master the trauma and gain a new perspective.
  • Continuity of Daily Living: a) Foster prosocial, adaptive behavior; b) Foster efforts to engage in appropriate activities; c) Foster development of a daily predictable routine.