Secure parent-child attachment is fundamental for child, parent and family well-being and is threatened by child maltreatment coupled with parental substance abuse. The Regional Partnership was designed to test the efficacy of integrating Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence and relationship based treatment model, with a unique “one-stop-shopping” program, the Achieving Reunification Center in Philadelphia.
This program is funded by a 5 year, $3 million grant from the Children’s Bureau to develop and lead this collaborative effort involving the City of Philadelphia Departments of Human Services and Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities and the Family Division of the Philadelphia Court with the goals of increasing child, parent and family well-being for children birth through five who are in out-of-home placement and affected by parental substance abuse.
Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is specifically designed for trauma-exposed children aged 0-5 and their caregivers. CPP is typically offered through weekly sessions that last 1 to 1.5 hours. The recommended duration of treatment is 50 weeks. CPP is offered by mental health clinicians, who receive ongoing consultation and supervision in addition to initial training.
This project will also include a variety of activities designed to strengthen the system serving families with young children who have been removed from the home