Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is one of the few empirically supported treatments for young children who are victims of trauma, be it in the form of domestic violence, community violence, abject poverty, sudden displacement, severe loss, or child abuse. In a number of rigorous empirical tests, CPP has been shown to lessen the risk factors of children in a diverse range of populations, including behavior and aggression problems and developmental disabilities, therefore making those children less susceptible to abuse and neglect. Studies have also shown the success of CPP in abating child maltreatment, citing improvement in children’s relationship representations and attachment styles — which is important to maintaining a positive relationship with parents — as well as decreases in mothers' tendencies to abuse or neglect their children.
Association to Benefit Children (ABC) All Children's House CPP Preventive Services program focuses on developing and strengthening secure parent-child attachment by providing clinically intensive CPP to impoverished families with children under the age of six who have experienced trauma or abuse and are at the greatest risk of morbidity and mortality. CPP is delivered in the home by highly trained, licensed clinicians. CPP therapists utilize play therapy, psychotherapy, and relational therapy while providing psycho-education to the parent, expressing how vitally important emotional attachment and responsiveness is for very young children as their infant brains develop the architecture for lifelong learning and health. As a result of the primary attachments formed during CPP treatment, a child may have an easier time building other strong attachments in the future, contributing to that child's sense of belonging and self-worth. ABC's goal is to discharge families from the CPP program with the tools they need to forever remain stable, resilient, and united.
ABC All Children's House is the only preventive services program in New York City to fully convert its entire preventive services program to this trauma-informed, therapeutic model that calls for a balance between a family’s therapeutic and concrete needs. As ABC has seen such a positive impact on families after participation in the program, it is opening a new CPP program center in the South Bronx, a community in dire need. It is ABC’s hope that other organizations in New York City and across the country will replicate this innovative model, incorporating evidence-based treatments to address the often intractable and recurring phenomena of family violence, child maltreatment, and inter-generational abuse and neglect.