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Restoring the Protective Shield: Core Concepts from Child-Parent Psychotherapy (Master Clinician Video, 1.5 Credits)

with Chandra Gosh Ippen, PhD

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Children aged birth to five are highly vulnerable to exposure to interpersonal traumas, and trauma exposure at an earlyage can have long term consequences for development and functioning. Both research and clinical theory highlight the importance of developing and empirically validating trauma-informed relationship-based practices, particularly for young children. Moreover, there is an urgent need to disseminate not only evidence-based practices but the core concepts that underlie these practices to other service systems, including schools, daycare settings and child welfare. This presentation describes core concepts that are critical to working with young children who have experienced traumatic life events. The concepts are derived both from child-parent psychotherapy, a relationship-based treatment with empirical support from five randomized trials, and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Core Curriculum for Childhood Trauma. The presentation clearly outlines key core concepts, illustrating them with rich clinical material including vignettes and video, and describes ways to integrate these concepts into clinical practice and into other service systems. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how trauma can affect the developmental trajectory of a young child under the age of 6 including its impact on attachment relationships
  • Identify at least three core concepts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Core Curriculum for Childhood Trauma and explain  how they apply to children under the age of 6
  • Identify at least three goals of child-parent psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for young children who have experienced trauma