Two Approaches to Intervention with Young Children and their Caregivers who have Experienced Trauma: Preschool Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy

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Date(s) - February 10
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Dates, Times, and Topics:
Friday Feb. 10 ,2017 from 9am- 4pm

Contrary to the common belief that very young children do not remember and/or understand their early experiences of maltreatment or witnessing domestic violence, they do remember. In addition, they respond to these experiences with a range of emotional, physiological and cognitive challenges. This workshop will elucidate two established intervention models that can be effectively used to treat young children and caregivers who have experienced trauma. The instructor will introduce and present an overview of each approach; Preschool Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). CBT is an intervention that uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and has been shown to be effective in supporting children while parent-child communication improves for children aged 3-18.

CPP is an intervention that is based on attachment, social learning, and psychodynamic principles. CPP has been found to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship as a vehicle for restoring the child’s sense of safety and trust in the parent, regulation of affect, and mastery of developmentally appropriate skills. The overall goals for treatment addressing trauma with preschoolers will be discussed and the methods involved in each treatment approach will be described. Recommendations for the most effective and appropriate choice of the use of each model will be deliberated. The commonalities and differences between the approaches will be highlighted. Participants will appreciate the types of traumatic experiences for which certain methods can be particularly effective. Video-recorded interactions will be used to provide illustrative examples of both interventions.

About the Instructor

Julie Larrieu, Ph.D., a developmental and clinical psychologist, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Medicine. She is a senior trainer at the Institute for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She is the Director for the Tulane site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a program within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This program, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is disseminating child-parent psychotherapy for children ages birth to six who have experienced interpersonal violence and sudden loss. Julie’s ongoing research interests include developmental psychopathology, child abuse and neglect, and symptoms arising from early trauma. She has over 25 years of experience working with high-risk infants and families.

Adelphi University, Garden City


Early registration (on or before January 20, 2017): $105
Regular registration (after January 20, 2017): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • CASAC renewal (6 hours pending approval)
  • Education (6 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • NBCC (6 hours)

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