Child-Parent Relationship Training (CPRT) is an evidenced-based parent training program for children with behavioral, social and emotional challenges. The core belief of CPRT is that a child’s parent plays the most essential role in promoting their child’s behavior, social and emotional development and therefore should be directly involved in services aimed at improving challenges in those areas.
What is Child-Parent Relationship Training?
CPRT is a 10-week group therapy and education model that teaches parents to engage in weekly play sessions with their child that utilize some of the basic skills that a play therapist may use in their interactions with a child during the therapy process.
CPRT is most commonly implemented in the group setting but it can be adapted for individual or couple use when participation in the group is not feasible for their schedule or needs.
How is it Structured?
CPRT is structed in a 10-week model where parents meet weekly with the therapist to:
- Learn new skills,
- Practice skills with their child and receive feedback from the therapist, and
- Gain support from other parents going through similar parenting challenges or experiences.
During sessions 1-3, parents will meet to learn new skills and engage in short homework assignments in between sessions. During sessions 4-10, parents will continue to learn new skills and begin engaging in one 30-minute play session with their child independently between sessions. Each parent will have a chance to receive feedback on their implementation of the skills with their child.
What are the Outcomes?
A review of the research shows that the utilization of Child-Parent Relationship Training results in a statistically significant decrease in:
- Children’s externalizing behaviors (Defiance, attention-seeking behavior, etc.)
- Children’s internalizing behaviors (anxiety, low mood, low self-esteem, etc.)
- A child’s total number of identified “problem behaviors,” and
- Parent-child relationship stress/distress
A review of the research shows that the utilization of Child-Parent Relationship Training results in a statistically significant increase in:
- Parental use of empathy and understanding of their child,
- Parental ranking of acceptance of their child for who they are,
- Children’s desirable (pro social) play behaviors
- Children’s self-esteem
- Children’s self-perceived competence
- Children’s feelings of social acceptance
Evidence supporting the use of CPRT:
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): An Evidence Based 10-Session Filial Therapy Model, by Garry Landreth & Sue C. Bratton
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)
What is the Cost?
Child-Parent Relationship Training can be administered individually, with a co-parenting partner or within a group setting. The cost varies, depending upon the options shown and your insurance coverage.
How Can I get Started with CPRT?
For inquiries to get started with the Child-Parent Relationship Training contact our office at (605) 275-0009 ext. 1 or Info@SiouxFallsCounseling.com.