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Past Workshops

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Overview Training

When: January 24, 2020 –  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Registration: Closed

Cost: Free

Description: 

This Overview Training will provide professionals with an increased understanding of the foundational values, principles and core components of Child Parent Psychotherapy. Training for practice in this model occurs over an 18 month intensive learning collaborative process in treatment teams. This training will be helpful to those curious about CPP, those interested in a trauma treatment intervention for infants and young children with a focus on parent child relationships, mental health professionals including supervisors and administrators considering practice and/or implementation of CPP at their organization, or professionals who are referring children and families for CPP.

Child Parent Psychotherapy is an evidence based psychotherapy modality for traumatized young children ages birth to 5 years, based on the principles that (1) relationships are central to young children’s healthy development and (2) babies and young children organize their responses to threat and danger around their attachment relationships. When young children experience the overwhelming sights, sounds, and internal sensations that can occur in a traumatic experience, their expectations of protection is betrayed and their trust in their caregiver can be impacted which in turn can impact their development. Child Parent Psychotherapy targets to change punitive parenting practices and unmodulated and dysregulated parental and child behaviors, particularly symptoms of violence-related trauma, that includes externalizing problems such as aggression, defiance, noncompliance, recklessness, and excessive tantrums and internalizing problems such as multiple fears, inconsolability, separation anxiety, difficulties sleeping, and social and emotional withdrawal.

When caregivers have experienced trauma, especially as children, this can affect the way they raise their children in positive and negative ways. Talking about this is a potential intervention for breaking the cycle of trauma and violence. It is also common for caregivers to be strongly affected when their children experience trauma, especially if they experienced the same event. In CPP, the therapist supports the caregiver and family in addition to the child, which has supported positive outcomes for the whole family. (Lieberman, Van Horn, Gosh-Ippen, 2014)

Learning Objectives:

This training is for:

  • People who provide trauma informed treatment to older children but are looking for ways to intervene with younger children or who are wondering how trauma affects younger children
  • People who have seen referrals for CPP and wondered what it is or how it is different from the type of treatment they are providing
  • People who work with young children and would like to learn more about how trauma affects them or affects families

Presenter:

Carole Graybill, AM, LCSW, Ms. Graybill’s specialization in child trauma extends over 25 years. Her clinical identity is rooted in early experiences of working in domestic violence and the child welfare system. Ms. Graybill is a trauma-informed therapist and a clinical and reflective consultant to a variety of practitioners across diverse settings.  An additional specialization is embedding trauma-informed practice in organizations.  Ms. Graybill is recognized for offering innovative training for adult learners. She is an endorsed National CPP trainer since 2011 and currently conducts Implementation Level CPP training in multiple states. Ms. Graybill is most inspired by the journey of healing that CPP offers families.

Who is in the Room, Why, When and How?

CPP Treatment Decision Making – Using clinical pathways when working with Multiple Caregivers in Child Welfare and Beyond

When: November 1, 2019, 9:00-12:00
Where: Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois (room 204)
Presenter: Beth Pettinelli and Falana Coleman-Zamora

Description: 

When working in the CPP Model and there are multiple caregivers involved, it can be challenging to assess who should be involved in treatment with the child and when. This workshop will support clinicians and supervisors in working with young children and families in child welfare and with multiple care givers to identify treatment targets and potential clinical pathways to achieve them.

Learning Objectives:

1.)    The goal of this workshop is to support clinician in considering ways to implement, increase knowledge and competencies in Child Parent Psychotherapy when multiple caregivers are involved such as in child welfareinformal relative care giving situations and divorce.

2.)    Another goal of this workshop is to support clinician’s in increasing their knowledge related to how to make decisions regarding recommendations to parents and caregivers in order to support the sustainability of their involvement in treatment.

3.)    Case Material will be used to highlight CPP themes when working in systems such as child welfare to promote integration of CPP concepts and objectives.

Presenters:

Falana Coleman-Zamora, LCSW, is a Clinical Supervisor at Children’s Home + Aid, where she provides clinical supervision and therapeutic services to children and parents involved in the child welfare system.  Ms. Coleman-Zamora also provides mental health consultation to families and staff in the Early Head Start and Head Start programs.  Ms. Coleman-Zamora completed her apprenticeship during Cohort 3 of the Illinois Child Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative (ILCPPLC) and is now an endorsed statewide CPP trainer.

Beth Pettinelli, LCSW, I/ECHM-C, has worked in the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health for 25 years with experience working as a clinician, trainer, and clinical consultant in the systems of Child Welfare, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, and Outpatient Mental Health. She is currently an Outpatient Child and Family therapist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she serves a variety of presenting problems for children & adolescents (birth to 18 years), provides CPP supervision and is a Masters of Social Work Field Supervisor. She is an endorsed CPP national trainer and faculty of the ILCPPLC since 2008.


Child Parent Psychotherapy Overview Training 

When: October 18, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois (Room 201)
Cost: Free
Presenter: Dr. Nicole A. Tefera

Description: 

This Overview Training will provide professionals with an increased understanding of the foundational values, principles and core components of Child Parent Psychotherapy. Training for practice in this model occurs over an 18 month intensive learning collaborative process in treatment teams. This training will be helpful to those curious about CPP, those interested in a trauma treatment intervention for infants and young children with a focus on parent child relationships, mental health professionals including supervisors and administrators considering practice and/or implementation of CPP at their organization, or professionals who are referring children and families for CPP.


“Grist for the Mill: Using the supervisory relationship to support clinicians providing Child-Parent Psychotherapy”

When: April 12, 2019, 9:00-12:00
Where: Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois (room 305)
Presenter: Lili Gray and Tina Dorow

Description: Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) requires a great deal from any clinician, whether they have experience or not. Supervising clinicians doing CPP requires the supervisor to hold the clinician’s reactions to and perceptions of the family, monitor the clinician’s work to ensure that they are maintaining fidelity to the CPP model, teach skills, and support the clinician to reflect on and be intentional about their work. The CPP model is complex and it can take more than 18 months of learning to ‘begin’ to feel integrated in the model. This reality requires that supervisors do more than ‘just reflect’ on cases- and are called to teach.   Case example and live supervision with be used in this training to highlight the following workshop objectives:

  • Workshop participants will learn ways to think about when to teach and when to reflect with clinicians.
  • Workshop participants will learn ways to give feedback to clinicians in supervision.
  • Workshop participants will learn ways to form relationships with clinicians.
  • Workshop participants will learn ways to manage times when they don’t have ‘grist’ to offer clinicians.

Although the content and materials in this workshop are geared towards supervisors, it is open to all clinicians interested in learning more about the process of CPP supervision. Previous CPP training is strongly recommended but not required to attend this workshop.


“This is a safe place”: Using Relationship Based Play Therapy in CPP to Increase Safety
When: February 1, 2019, 9:00-12:00 (yes we will still be holding this event! stay warm!)
Where: Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois (room 201)
Presenter: Dr. Nicole A. Tefera

Description:
This workshop will focus on the use of dyadic play therapy as a treatment modality used to help the child and parent to learn to understand and verbalize thoughts and feelings associated to the traumatic experiences. For younger preverbal children, dyadic play therapy promotes the expression of feelings though symbolic play. Encouraging play, reciprocity, and shared affect between the parent and the child is an important part of the process of CPP. In this workshop, the use of play therapy will be explored as a means to create a sense of physical and psychological safety. In this workshop, CPP case examples will be applied to enhance practice.

Presenter: Dr. Nicole A. Tefera, is a licensed clinical psychologist who works both in private practices as the owner of Carmichael Consulting & Behavioral Health Services and at Advocate Children’s Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Tefera is a national CPP trainer. She treats a wide variety of problems including abuse and trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, behavioral problems, adjustment to chronic illnesses, medical traumatic stress, stress-related illness, grief and loss and relational concerns. In her private practice work, Dr. Tefera provides consultation and reflective supervision to care providers and treatment to individuals of any age.   Dr. Tefera is also an Affiliate Member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network


Sharing Hope and Naming Trauma: An Approach to Engaging Parents through Child Parent Psychotherapy Feedback and Introducing the Child to Treatment

When: November 2, 2018

Where: Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Presenter: Carole Graybill, AM, LCSW.

Description:
This workshop supports fuller family engagement in the transitional space of assessment and core intervention by exploring the utilization of the CPP Triangle of Explanation and Introducing the Child to CPP. We will explore the ways we can deepen our alliance with parents while naming the impact of trauma and collaboratively exploring the benefits of participation in child and parent psychotherapy. In the course of our time together, we will apply CPP case examples to enhance practice.

The Ripple Effect:

An Integrative Framework for Enhancing Trauma-Informed Practice Across Systems

When: June 1, 2018, 8:30-4:30

Where: Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Presenter: Chandra Ghosh Ippen


Description:

This workshop presents an integrative framework for understanding and communicating across systems about how trauma can affect a child, a family, and a system. The framework was developed by Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Christopher Layne, and Bob Pynoos of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is adapted from core trauma concepts identified and ratified by the NCTSN Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma Task Force.  The Ripple Effect translates complex trauma concepts using metaphor, visual models, common language, and rich case example and shows: 1) the domains of functioning affected by trauma; 2) the mechanisms through which trauma affects development, and 3) intervention pathways. This workshop offers foundational trauma knowledge for clinicians learning evidence-based trauma treatments and highlights ways to share trauma theory with family members and across systems  (e.g. schools, child welfare workers, mental health, medical practitioners, police) as we work jointly to lessen the impact of trauma exposure.


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