Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)

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Program/Intervention Name

Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)


Family Functioning, Parenting Skills - Training and Enhancement

Program/Intervention Description

Child Parent Relationship Therapy is a way to strengthen the relationship between a parent and a child by using 30-minute playtimes once a week. CPRT is a model of filial therapy founded upon the child-centered play therapy philosophy. It is an evidence-based parent-training intervention for treating children experiencing a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. This unique approach involves parents by teaching them how to use play therapeutically so that the communication gap between parent and child can be diminished and their relationship enhanced.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

0-5, 6-12

Program Goals/Outcomes

The goal of the sessions are: 1) to allow the child to communicate thoughts, needs, and feelings to his parent which the parent then communicates back, 2) for the child to experience more positive feelings and learn to get needs met in appropriate ways, 3) to strengthen the parent-child relationship and foster a sense of trust, security, and closeness, and 4) to increase the level of playfulness and enjoyment between parent and child.

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 6: General Population

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 5: Better Practice

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