Child-Parent Relationship Therapy
It's about the RELATIONSHIP
What is CPRT?
CPRT is a 10-week group-based workshop that teaches you to understand and meet your child’s emotional needs. CPRT can make a big differencel in behavioural and other problems that a child may have. What is unique about CPRT, however, is that it focuses on the RELATIONSHIP, rather than on the problems.
Child Parent Relationship Training is great for adults who want to develop a relationship with their child that is closer, more empathic, more rewarding, and more fun.
People who join CPRT groups include mums, dads, foster parents, educators, grandparents, babysitters, and older siblings, and even caring adult friends. You might consider putting your kids' babysitter or nanny in a CPRT group!
What is the theory behind CPRT?
Child Parent Relationship Therapy is a type of "filial therapy." The word filial refers to the relationship between parent and child, and CPRT teaches parents to meet the needs of their children in a deeper way. Here is a description of CPRT, written by the people who developed the model:
“Filial therapy is a unique approach used by professionals trained in play therapy to train parents and other caregivers to be therapeutic agents with their own children through a format of didactic instruction, demonstration play sessions, required at-home play sessions, and supervision in a supportive atmosphere. Parents are taught basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills, including reflective listening, recognizing and responding to children’s feelings, therapeutic limit setting, building children’s self-esteem, and structuring required weekly play sessions with their children using a special kit of selected toys.
Parents learn how to create a nonjudgmental, understanding, and accepting environment that enhances the parent-child relationship, thus facilitating personal growth and change for both child and parent ... the objective is to help the parent relate to the child in ways that will release the child’s inner directional, constructive, forward-moving, creative, self-healing power.
As in child-centered play therapy, filial therapy is not focused on solving specific problems or a quick fix, but rather is structured to enhance the relationship, in this case between the parent and the child, with the parent serving as the therapeutic agent of change.”
From Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-session filial therapy model by Garry Landreth and Sue Bratton, p. 11
Garry Landreth says this about filial therapy and CPRT: "Filial therapy has been one of the most significant developments in the mental health field in the last 30 years. Filial therapy is about changing the mental health structure of families, communities, and ultimately society, by changing the nature of relationships in families through a process of helping parents become therapeutic agents in their children's lives.
"CPRT is an exciting thing to do with parents, to see parents get turned on to helping their own children. Before filial therapy, parents were generally left in a helpless mode. They brought their children to the therapist, the therapist did wonderful things, gave the child back to the parent, and the parent then felt more helpless. I've always thought that in our counseling profession, we should be working hard to give our skills away. CPRT is a way to do that. We know from reliable research results that parents can indeed often be as effective as professionals in utilizing child-centered play therapy skills and principles."
From an interview by Natalya Lindo, (2013). Play Therapy and Beyond: An Interview with Garry Landreth. Journal of Professional Counseling, Practice, Theory, & Research, 40(1), 2–11.
Highlights of a CPRT filial therapy group:
10 weekly two-hour sessions in a small group of like-minded people provide a chance to develop new skills in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
Included in each week are skill teaching, demonstration videos, group discussion, role playing exercises, laughter and comaraderie.
30-minute weekly play sessions, conducted at home with your child, allow you the chance to practice your new skills while developing a positive and nurturing relationship together.
Learn to really listen to what your child is saying – not just with their words, but with their play, their actions, and their body language.
Learn to respond to your child in a way that helps them to know that you understand and you care!
Both (or all) parents are encouraged to join a group. Why? Because the process of CPRT develops a close and meaningful bond between the parent and child. It is best, of course not to leave any parent out of that bonding process. Don't miss the special couple deal below.
Garry Landreth, one of the developers of CPRT, describes these special play sessions with children like this: "Being with a child means being fully present to take in a child's emotional world. When I experience being with a child in this way, then I am able to understand the child and to make contact with the inner dimensions of the child, to hear a part of the child that perhaps has not been heard by any other adult. At such moments, the child feels understood and accepted and is free to move toward self-enhancing growth and the discovery of his or her strengths."
What makes CPRT so unique?
- A small group format provides camaraderie, understanding, and support, and allows you to learn from each other under the guidance of an experienced psychologist.
- CPRT groups give you the skills to be a therapeutic agent for your child, because YOU are the most important person in your child’s life.
- CPRT focuses on the RELATIONSHIP between adult and child.
- Your homework is to play with your child! In a structured weekly play time at home, you get to practice the skills that you learn in your CPRT group.
Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the efficacy of CPRT for improving a number of mental health and behavioural issues among many different nationalities and cultures in varied contexts from homes and schools to prisons and women's shelters. You can go to Google Scholar to see those for yourself. The two articles below each present a meta analysis, which combines data from several studies in order to get an even better idea of how effective CPRT is:
Cornett, N., & Bratton, S. C. (2015). A golden intervention: 50 years of research on filial therapy. International Journal of Play Therapy, 24(3), 119–133. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0039088
Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L. & Lin, Y-W. D. (2010). Child parent relationship therapy: A review of controlled-outcome research. In J. N. Beggarly, D. C. Ray, & S. C. Bratton (Eds.), Child-centered play therapy research (pp. 267-294). Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. http://doi.org/10.1002/9781118269626.ch15
The next scheduled group will start in April 2016. The group will go from 7-9pm weekly for 10 weeks. The day of the week has not yet been decided. Let me know if you are interested in joining the group - these groups tend to fill up early.
CPRT is also offered to individuals or couples on request.
COST for GROUP CPRT :
$200.00 will reserve your place in the group; an additional $500 will be due the day of the first session, and the remaining $500 will be due the day of session 5.
If the group option is not available, I can do CPRT with individuals or couples at the regular hourly rate of $150 per 1-hour session.
SPECIAL DEAL: Reserve your spot in an upcoming group, and your spouse/parenting partner can attend for free!
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