CPRT (Child-Parent Relationship Therapy), a 10-week parenting class teaching parents attunement and connection to their child, was originally created by Garry Landreth and Sue Bratton. Geared toward parents of young children, it was found highly successful, even those suffering from the effects of abuse, trauma, divorce and other difficult life experiences. Parents were taught the skills of a play therapist, and through a weekly play session at home, parents grew in their skill set as well as confidence.
Several years ago, a small group of masters’ level students received the Quality Initiative Faculty and Student Research Grant bestowed by Palm Beach Atlantic University, expanding the Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) filial group therapy to meet the needs of adolescents and their parents. The parents involved in this 8-week group reported increased connection and self-confidence in parenting their adolescent children.
At Kid’s House of Seminole, a child-advocacy center where Diane was a therapist for 3 years, the group was further expanded to meet the specific needs of parents and caretakers of traumatized children and teenagers, foster and adopted children, those with Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD. The parent group was run 3 times a year to accommodate the needs of parents, with many opting to take the group 2 or 3 times to become fluid in the skills. Teaching parents these skills appeared to enhance the therapy process while lessening the actual time the child remained in therapy.
Diane and Brianna continue to offer this group at KCA as a vital component in empowering parents to connect with their child while gaining skills deepen their attunement to their child’s needs and increase confidence in dealing with difficult situations. To contact KCA for more information, email Diane at [email protected] or Brianna at [email protected].