2021-2022 Child-Parent Psychotherapy Training Application

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Trainers: Barbara Jessing, LIMHP/LMFT, Paula Ray, PsyD, Mark Hald, PhD, and Samantha Byrns, LIMHP, NCC

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based practice for treating children birth to five who have been exposed to trauma – in the form of child maltreatment, sudden or traumatic death of someone close, witnessing domestic violence, disruption of attachment; or multiple changes of placement. Young children may experience behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent (or caregiver) as a means of restoring the child's sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate affect; and improving the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. Learn more about CPP at www.nebraskababies.com/cpp.

Implementation-level training in CPP consists of the following training elements:

  • The Collaboration consists of 7 total training days, called Learning Sessions, beginning with a 3-day didactic Learning Session, followed by Two 2-day intensive implementation Learning Sessions offered six months apart;

  • Weekly reflective consultation/supervision;

  • Twice-monthly consultation with a CPP trainer via phone and video conferences, and;

  • At least two presentations of videotaped sessions for supervision/learning purposes.

All components are mandatory. By applying for this training, you are agreeing that you can fulfill all the responsibilities of this training program.

The minimum requirement to be considered for CPP training is a license to practice mental health. Provisional licenses are also acceptable.

Learning Session I will take place on April 26-30, 2021 virtually. Learning Session II will be held on October 28 and 29, 2021 if in person and October 21, 22, 28, and 29 if online. Learning Session III will be held on April 7 and 8, 2022 if in person and April 7, 8, 14, and 15 if online.

The deadline to apply is 5:00 PM Central Time, February 17, 2021. Training is limited to 20 participants; therefore, determination of eligibility and approval for training will be completed by the CPP Learning Collaborative. Applicants will not be chosen on a first come, first serve basis but rather according to need and capacity to serve. You will be informed by March 17, 2021, as to whether you have been selected to attend training.

The training program costs $500 for therapists licensed in the state of Nebraska and $1,500 for therapists licensed in any other state. Out-of-state therapists will also have to obtain permission from the Nebraska CPP Learning Collaborative to take this program. Contact Samantha Byrns using the below email for more details. The costs of this training include all components listed above. Applicants will be responsible for purchasing their textbooks (under $100 in total cost) and paying for travel expenses.

Please contact Samantha Byrns at sbyrns2@unl.edu if you have questions.

You can preview the complete application before filling it out.

As part of this application, you must submit a letter of recommendation from your clinical supervisor, consultant, or other professional who can attest to your clinical skills as referenced in the NCTSN Clinical Competency Criteria.

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