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Course Applications Now Open! 

The Berry Street Childhood Institute is proud to announce that course applications are now open for our inaugural Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Course. Delivered by Dr. Julie Larrieu (USA) this 18 month course will be held in Melbourne, commencing November 2017. 

What is Child-Parent Psychotherapy?
Child-Parent Psychotherapy is an intervention model for children ages 0-5 years who have experienced traumatic events and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioural problems. Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver. A central goal is to support and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship as a vehicle for restoring and protecting the child's mental health. Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship (e.g. cultural norms and socioeconomic and other stressors).

Child-Parent Psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment. For additional information about CPP, including the five randomised trials which have shown the efficacy of the model, please see the Child-Parent Psychotherapy Research Summary:


Training Course
This training course is for mental health clinicians working with these young children and their caregivers. The goal of the training is to support the adoption and implementation of CPP in order to improve outcomes for young children and their caregivers who have experienced traumatic events and/or relationship disruptions or disturbances. Clinicians will be trained to implement CPP with fidelity in the context of working collaboratively with their organisations.

"Completing the Child-Parent Psychotherapy Course has provided me with valuable skills and much needed confidence in working with infants, toddlers and their carers. CPP has given me a robust framework to support families with children under the age of six dealing with the consequences of family violence related trauma that is so commonly intergenerational in nature. This model will be very useful for agencies working with this vulnerable population".

Dr Vibhay Raykar
Child & adolescent psychiatrist and Clinical Director at CAMHS, Goulburn Valley Health