Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Learning Collaborative?

Learning Collaboratives (LC) are training models that focus on adoption of best practices across a group of diverse service providers. LC participants share their work with one another and identify how to improve practice and systems. LC participants share case material as a way to demonstrate how they are using the new skills and knowledge in their practices and to identify challenges in implementing the new practices in their settings. They learn from each other in a supportive, peer context.

What is CPP?

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based treatment that works with caregivers and young children ages birth to five who have experienced trauma. The model focuses on the use of the child-parent relationship to reduce symptoms of trauma, promote child development, and identify how parents’ early life experiences may impact their interactions with and expectations of their children. The therapist typically works with the parent and the child together (although there may be some sessions where the parent is seen separately) with the goal of repairing the parent-child relationship and bringing again the feeling and belief that the parent can lovingly protect and keep the child safe. To learn more, please see Don’t Hit My Mommy: A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy With Young Witnesses of Family Violence (2nd Edition) by Alicia Lieberman, Chandra Ghosh Ippen, and Patricia Van Horn.

Who is the IL CPP LC for?

The Illinois Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative (ILCPPLC) is a program that provides training through learning collaboratives and workshops in the essentials of CPP practice. It is for mental health therapists from agencies who serve young children and their families who have experienced trauma or domestic violence. Agencies must be committed to recruiting families who are eligible for CPP and are able to provide appropriate supervision to ensure best practice in delivering the CPP model. Both agencies who already provide CPP (in training new staff) and those who currently do not provide CPP can be supported through this collaborative. For those agencies not currently providing CPP, supervisors are expected to participate in the LC as well as clinicians.

Teams of clinicians and supervisors, that are agency sponsored, complete the learning collaborative with other agency-based teams to enhance the learning experience. With this team-based approach, agencies are able to embed CPP practice throughout their agency, and clinicians are supported through their peers’ (and their supervisors’) experiences and support.

What do you mean by clinician?

We mean licensed or licensed-eligible providers of mental health treatment. Our typical participants are clinical social workers, mental health counselors, family therapists, and psychologists. We do not train students, unless they are in final stages of training and eligible for licensing (e.g., finalizing supervised practice hours). We also do not train other providers in an LC who are not serving children in a mental health capacity (e.g., developmental therapists, case managers, home visitors, speech and language therapists). Although these are important professions that often intersect with young children experiencing trauma, CPP is a form of psychotherapy intended to be used only by people with appropriate mental health training and experience.

We do, however, offer occasional introductory workshops to the principles of CPP. These are for a more general audience of stakeholders and providers in the early childhood service system. More information can be found here.

Hey! I am a lone clinician who wants to learn CPP.

Typically, LC are used to train teams from agencies, which include a small number of clinicians and at least one direct supervisor. We recognize, however, that there are cases where individuals working in a practice or on their own have a need to learn CPP skills. New for the fifth cohort in 2018-19, we will be allowing independent clinicians to participate in the learning collaborative, as long as they can ensure the support of a trained CPP supervisor. Clinicians will be responsible for any cost associated with this ongoing supervision, separate from the Learning Collaborative cost. We strongly encourage independent clinicians to come together to form groups (or “pods”) led by a CPP supervisor. This will allow for ongoing peer learning and can allow clinicians to share the cost of supervision within their pod. Clinicians may participate with a group of self-identified team members. If needed, we will also provide assistance in identifying potential pod members and linking them with potential supervisors.

Who runs the ILCPPLC?

The ILCPPLC is a program at Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development. It is directed by Jon Korfmacher, Ph.D. CPP faculty are all certified trainers. The ILCPPLC is generously supported through funding by the Irving Harris Foundation. We work closely with the developers of CPP at the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California San Francisco. We have previously conducted learning collaboratives with four cohorts and are beginning our fifth in June 2018. Besides the LC, we also conduct periodic half-day trainings and workshops on topics related to CPP practice.

How much of a time commitment is expected?

The learning collaborative lasts 18 months. In that time, participants commit to three in-person trainings (the first one is three days, with the final two each two days in length) spaced approximately six months apart. In addition, there are twice-monthly group consultation calls, where participants take turns presenting cases for review with one of our faculty. Participants must also engage in regular supervision at their agency (ideally weekly). There are also monthly reports of CPP implementation completed online (10-15 minute time commitment). It is expected that all participants will read the primary CPP Manual (Don’t Hit My Mommy, 2nd Edition: Lieberman, Ghosh Ippen and Van Horn, 2015) before the first learning session.

How do I sign up?

There are applications for participation in learning collaboratives. Applications provide self-reflection for readiness for participation in the Learning Collaborative and application of CPP in their practice. In addition, this application allows our faculty to ensure training will be successful for your clinicians. Once we review your application and approve your participation, you will be given further information for registering specific participants.

Is there a deadline for application?

The application can be found here. It is due April 10, 2020.

Why is there an application?

The application helps us ensure agency commitment to training, and goodness of fit to CPP principles within the agency. In addition, the application will help the agency think through what support is needed for their clinicians to successfully complete the training (e.g., availability of appropriate clients for CPP work).

What is the cost?

As of Spring 2018, the cost of the upcoming LC cohort will be $750 per participant.  This includes 18 months of training clinicians in CPP. As noted above, this includes 8 full days of training (3 days, 2 day, 2 days), or approximately 50 hours of training and a minimum of 36 hours of consultation. In addition, we are fortunate to have one of the creators of CPP from the Child Trauma Research Program conduct the first learning session with us. Chandra Ghosh Ippen is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in early childhood trauma and her participation certainly adds to the value of the training experience.

Why is there a cost?

The Chicago metro area was in a unique position in the past few years as the Harris Foundation had provided funding for the trainings with minimal or no charge to participants. However, as we look at ways to expand the reach of the CPP community and work towards sustaining the training for future cohorts, we concluded that providing such an intensive training at no cost became prohibitive.

Harris is continuing to provide generous funding and with their resources we are keeping the costs of this training significantly reduced when compared to similar trainings ($1,500 per person is a typical minimum benchmark for CPP training). Although we recognize that $750 is a larger fee for individual participants and for fiscally-strapped agencies, we believe the amount of direct training and contact with faculty more than justifies this fee.

What do I get at the end of the training?

After the first Learning Session clinicians are eligible to start treating clients using the CPP model. After 18 months of full participation in the Learning Collaborative participants are eligible for national rostering. The Child Trauma Research Project does not provide endorsement or certification, but it does maintain a national roster of clinicians who have completed this training. Upon successful completion of this Learning Collaborative, and by meeting minimum training requirements, clinicians will be added to this list. Participants will also receive certificates of completion. And we will probably have cupcakes at the last learning session. Cupcakes!

Will CEU’s be available?

Yes! We provide CEU’s for SW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, and ICDVP, and are included in the cost of the training.

I have more questions!

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