Recent News

October 2019

Happy Fall Everyone!

Cohort 5 of the Illinois CPP Learning Collaborative is almost completed. With just 3 months to go in this 18 month Learning Collaborative, we will have a lot of participants meeting National Rostering Requirements due to all their hard work!

Our CPP overview training workshop will take place on October 18th. Registration filled up in less then a week, so we are beginning conversations on how to repeat this training in the future. Check our our workshop page here for information on our Nov 1 training, “who’s in the Room?”.

January 2019

Happy New Year!

Cohort 5 of the Illinois CPP Learning Collaborative is well under way. With 10 agencies and 33 participants headed in to their 7 month of the 18 month Learning Collaborative, having completed 11 consultation calls, 5 days of training, and bi-monthly reflective supervision.

2019 brings new workshops planned to enhance CPP clinician skills, check them out here. We look forward to seeing you in the new year, and wish you well in the great work you do for children and families!

July 2018

Our Fifth Cohort kicked off in June with the Ripple Effect Workshop with Chandra Ghosh Ippen. 100 people attended to learn about the effects of trauma on children and how that impacts systems communication and collaboration.

Learning Session 1 expanded three days and was an intensive training to start our new clinicians on the right foot in the journey to become CPP practitioners. We are excited to have 30 practitioners learning this model to help young children and their families.

April 2018

Applications for our fifth cohort due April 30th, 2018!

Need more information? Check out our FAQs on the Learning Collaborative.

Important things to know before applying:

Learning Session 1 dates: June 27-29th

Cost: $750 for each participant

Duration: 18 months (3 in-person learning sessions spaced over 12 months with on-going and follow-up consultation calls)

March 2018

Announcing Cohort V of the Illinois CPP Learning Collaborative!
Our fifth Learning Collaborative will begin June 27-29, 2018. It will take place over 18-months with three in-person learning sessions and ongoing twice-monthly consultation calls. To learn more about our learning collaborative, click here.

We are also excited to announce that the first Learning Session will be co-led by Dr. Chandra Gosh-Ippen, Associate Director of the UCSF Child Trauma Research Program and Co-author of “Don’t Hit My Mommy”, the Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy.

More information about registration and fees will be announced soon!

January 2018

We are excited to announce that with generous support from the Irving Harris Foundation, Erikson Institute will be launching a new round of training for Child Parent Psychotherapy, including hosting a fifth cohort of clinicians in a CPP Learning Collaborative.  Dates and other specifics are still being worked out at this time. We are also developing an agenda of half-day workshops and other informational events to help build knowledge and capacity for CPP in Illinois.


We would like to hear from you if you or your agency are potentially interested in participation in this upcoming Learning Collaborative.  There will be some modifications to the Learning Collaborative for this Cohort. Changes and additions are still being established and we will provide updates soon.


We are enthusiastic about continuing our work to better promote trauma-informed early childhood mental health and we hope you are to. Be on the lookout for more information and applications in the upcoming months.

Please reach out to with any further questions, or to express interest. 



October 2017 

We are excited to share that on July 13, 2017, The Illinois Department of Children and Families in partnership with Lurie Children’s Hospital launched the Early Childhood Court Team, or Safe Babies Court Initiative.  “Baby Court” is a collaborative between DCFS, Cook County Juvenile Court, Erikson Institute and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

This important collaborative aims to: increase awareness of the effects of trauma on very young children, improve local systems to decrease future court involvement, and improve case management and collaboration to improve child outcomes.

The Safe Babies Court has the unique opportunity to bring Child-Parent Psychotherapy to the attention of decision makers, and ensure this evidence based intervention is readily accessible. The Illinois CPP Learning Collaborative is proud to have trained numerous clinicians ready to serve this population. With the growing network of CPP clinicians and the Safe Babies Court Initiative, young children who have been exposed to trauma will have the opportunity for the care and treatment they deserve.


Safe Babies Court Teams – ZeroToThree

Fact Sheet

Safe Babies Court Press Release