Child-Parent Psychotherapy – Right Start for Colorado

Child-Parent Psycotherapy Learning Collaborative

Right Start for Colorado

About Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative

Right Start for Colorado is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications from agencies seeking to have their infant and early childhood mental health clinicians trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy. 


Applications Closed

Child-Parent Psychotherapy Learning Collaborative | Beginning July 26-30, 2021

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Overview

CPP is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced traumatic events and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems. 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 immigration-related stressors). For children exposed to trauma, caregiver and child are guided over the course of treatment to create a joint narrative of the traumatic event and to identify and address trauma triggers that lead to dysregulated affect and behavior.

Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver. If clinically indicated, treatment may include multiple caregivers and/or siblings with the format of sessions determined jointly with the caregivers after learning about the needs of different family members during the Foundational Phase of treatment.

For information about the research on CPP, including the five randomized trials conducted on the model, please visit:

CPP Learning Collaborative Objectives

  • Through an 18-month long training, participants will gain core CPP knowledge and competencies to enable them to adopt CPP
  • Participating agencies will increase their capacity to provide an evidence-based trauma treatment for children in the birth to six age range

Training Overview & Components

Right Start for Colorado will be holding an 18-month long Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaborative in Colorado beginning in July 2021.

The Learning Collaborative model is the dissemination strategy used by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to support uptake of best practices. What sets an LC apart from traditional training is the intensive focus on learning-by doing. An LC includes in-person trainings or “learning sessions”, intensive consultation, and peer-to-peer learning within and across organizations. This training meets criteria for an Implementation-Level CPP Course. Participants who complete training will be eligible for the roster of trained CPP clinicians.

Please ensure that your agency leadership and all members of your team who might be part of the training are aware of the core components and minimum training requirements for a CPP Implementation Level Course. They can do this by visiting

They will also be completing the CPP Training Agreement and should review it at:

Training components include:

  1. Participate in one, 60-minute ‘pre-work’ call via Zoom in advance of the initial didactic training. Calls will be offered on July 13, 2021 11am-12pm MST and July 15, 2021 9-10am MST. Participants will only need to attend one of the calls, but should ensure availability for both until group assignments are made.
  2. Participate in initial core CPP didactic training – 5 partial days via Zoom July 26-30, 2021.
  3. Read the CPP manual (see training materials below)
  4. Provide CPP to children under age 6 who have experienced at least one trauma (see Training Agreement for specific details)
  5. Participate in reflective CPP supervision
  6. Participate in ongoing CPP consult calls - twice monthly video-based consultation for 18 months conducted by an endorsed CPP consultant
  7. Case presentation - prepare and present at least twice on consult calls
  8. Participation in intensive CPP competency building workshops (2 days each, approximately 6 months and 12 months after the initial didactic training)
  9. Fidelity monitoring - completion of CPP fidelity instruments and LC evaluation tools
  10. Any additional learning collaborative metrics needed for this training

Optional: Supervisor call to discuss CPP supervision

CPP Sustainability

Participants who are interested in learning how CPP may be sustained following the initial 18-month Learning Collaborative, may visit and learn more about the CPP Agency Mentorship Model.

Training Faculty

Julie A. Larrieu, PhD, a developmental and clinical psychologist, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Medicine. For 25 years, Julie has been a member of a multidisciplinary team working with infants and young children who have been maltreated, and their caregivers. Julie is Director for the Tulane site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network. This program within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and provides training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy for mental health providers working with children from birth to six years who have experienced interpersonal violence and other types of trauma. She is an endorsed national and international CPP trainer.

Shannon Bekman, PhD, IECMH-E is a licensed clinical psychologist at WellPower and the Director of Right Start for Colorado, a SAMHSA-funded infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) initiative aimed at expanding Colorado’s IECMH workforce and clinical services. She is also currently a ZERO TO THREE fellow. Prior to her current role, she developed WellPower’s infant and early childhood mental health programming and brought to Denver much needed clinical services for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, with an emphasis on the amelioration of trauma. Shannon is passionate about serving young children who have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma and disseminating CPP across Colorado to ensure all young children have access to trauma treatment, when needed. She is a rostered CPP therapist and supervisor, as well as an apprentice trainer.

Jay Willoughby, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Early Childhood and Family Center, a specialty behavioral health clinic for children birth to six years old and their families at Aurora Mental Health Center. Jay is a member of both the Site Leadership Team and Steering Committee for the Arapahoe County Safe Baby Court Team, an evidence-based court model for child welfare-involved infants and toddlers, currently funded by ZERO TO THREE. For the past eight years, Jay has regularly implemented CPP, as well as other early childhood best practice models, in the treatment of child abuse and neglect, medical trauma, and traumatic grief and loss. Jay is a rostered CPP therapist and supervisor, as well as an apprentice trainer.

Training Eligibility

  • We typically train agency teams rather than individual therapists as we feel that working with young children who have experienced trauma requires the support of a team. Moreover, ongoing reflective practice with a supervisor or colleague is a core part of CPP.
  • Rural/frontier range practitioners who operate without an IECMH team are encouraged to apply.
  • Private Practitioners applying to a CPP training should form teams committed to supporting each other and meeting at least twice monthly for reflective consultation at least for the duration of the learning collaborative.
  • All clinical team members seeking to complete training and be eligible for the CPP roster must be master’s or doctoral-level psychotherapists with a degree in a mental health discipline
  • If any participating team members are not yet licensed, they must be supervised by a licensed team member who also participates in the training
  • A CPP Learning Collaborative is not considered intensive enough for an intern to learn CPP. Implementation-level training for interns is available through endorsed CPP internships:

Training Cost

This training is being sponsored by Right Start for Colorado with generous funding from SAMHSA and members of the Colorado Early Childhood Funders Network including Buell, Caring for Colorado, Community First, Piton and Zoma Foundations, thus costs of the Learning Collaborative are covered. However, organizations may be financially responsible for the purchase of required reading material and travel costs associated with clinicians attending Learning Sessions 2 and 3, if they are able to occur in person. (Learning Session 1 is virtual).


WellPower is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and may be able to provide CEUs for the CPP learning sessions. WellPower maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Training Materials

Participants are required to have access to the required materials during the 18-month training period. It is preferable if they can read the manual prior to beginning training. During training, CPP trainers provide participants with electronic links to training handouts and to other free CPP materials, including the fidelity instruments and evaluation tools.

  • Required: Child-Parent Psychotherapy Manual
    Lieberman, A.F., Ghosh Ippen, C., & Van Horn (2015). Don’t hit my mommy: A manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with young children exposed to violence and other trauma, Second Edition. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.
  • Strongly Recommended: Book Describing Conceptual Framework, Intervention Modalities and Case Examples
    Lieberman, A.F. & Van Horn, P. (2008). Psychotherapy with infants and young children: Repairing the effects of stress and trauma on early attachment. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Optional: Adaptation of CPP for Traumatic Bereavement
    Lieberman, A.F., Compton, N.C., Van Horn, P., Ghosh Ippen, C. (2003). Losing a parent to death in the early years: Guidelines for the treatment of traumatic bereavement in infancy. Washington D.C.: Zero to Three Press.

Training Time

Participating sites should budget time for the following activities:

  • Reading the manuals
  • Participation in 7 face-to-face days of training (or their equivalent as virtual trainings will be spread over a greater number of days to mitigate Zoom fatigue. Training days will be spread out over the 18-month period
  • Participation in twice monthly hourly case consultation calls
  • Presenting on at least two consultation calls (including time to complete a write up)
  • Participation in reflective CPP supervision in the agency, ideally weekly but at a minimum twice a month
  • Completion of clinical measures, fidelity forms, and evaluation of the training
  • Provision of CPP services
  • Data collection and learning collaborative metrics

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Right Start for Infant Mental Health
Right Start for Infant Mental Health is a mental health program for pregnant women and families with children ages birth to 5 years. We provide help when there are concerns about a child's emotions, behavior or development, or when parenting becomes difficult.
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Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being