Child-Parent Psychotherapy

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention for children from birth through age 5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g., maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and, as a result, are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent (or caregiver) as a vehicle for restoring the child’s sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate affect and improving the child’s cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.

Marian Silverman, Psy.D. , a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience working with children and families, especially those involved with the Child Welfare System who often are impacted by abuse and neglect, has spent her career identifying, providing and managing services that address these complex challenges. Her expertise covers the areas of child welfare; foster care; trauma; parenting and early childhood mental health. Dr. Silverman was at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for over 20 years where she was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Supervising Psychologist. While there she developed and provided oversight to a grant funded project “The Therapeutic Visiting Program” which began as a multi-system collaboration between a grass-roots neighborhood organization, a non-profit hospital based outpatient program and The New York City Administration for Children’s Services providing trauma-informed treatment to complex families. She has worked collaboratively on “best practice” initiatives with The Bronx Family Court; Nassau Family Court; The Bridge Builders Collaborative; Foster Care Agencies; and the Department of Social Services and has participated in NYC Administration for Children’s Services “Community Partnership Initiative” and The Early Engagement Work Group in Bronx Family Court which was spearheaded by the Supervising Judge.

With Dr. Silverman’s direction combined with Hope for Youth’s nearly 50-year reputation of providing top quality child welfare services to Long Islanders, Hope for Youth is establishing a comprehensive Child Parent Therapy Program. The program incorporates the “best practice” evidence based model, Child Parent Psychotherapy (Lieberman & Van Horn; Lieberman, Ippen & Van Horn) in order to address the specialized mental health needs of parents and their children birth to five. In addition, Hope for Youth has launched the #kidscantwait initiative to highlight these services, extend much needed support to children and their parents who have experienced one or more significant, traumatic events, and increase the number of people in Long Island who are able to meet the needs of this population.

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Child-Parent Psychotherapy Referral Form

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