Advanced Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Training: An Evidence-Based Filial Play Therapy Model
September 17th & 18th
9am-4:30pm both days at UNT Willis Library
Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S


Workshop Description

Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is an evidence-based, culturally-responsive intervention with over 35 controlled outcome studies demonstrating its significant beneficial effects on reducing children’s behavior problems, reducing stress in the parent-child relationship and increasing caregiver empathy. CPRT focuses on fostering a secure and attuned caregiver-child attachment and empowering caregivers to make a significant difference in their children’s lives. In this unique approach, professional play therapists experienced in Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) train and supervise caregivers to become therapeutic agents in their children’s lives through the use of CCPT principles and skills. Using a format of didactic instruction, demonstration play sessions, required weekly 30-minute play sessions and supervision, caregivers are taught CCPT attitudes and skills to facilitate sensitivity to, and understanding of their child’s underlying needs. Participants will need the CPRT treatment manual and are encouraged to be familiar with the manual prior to the workshop.

This Advanced CPRT training will further elaborate on information provided in the Basic CPRT training (required prerequisite to take this training). Each of the 10 sessions will be examined in depth.

Additional topics covered includes:

  • Strategies to maximize treatment effectiveness
  • Strategies to respond to challenging parents
  • Responding to difficult moments in parent-child play sessions
  • Overcoming barriers to delivering CPRT to specific populations and settings

Sue Bratton, Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT-S is Professor at the University of North Texas and Director of the UNT Center for Play Therapy with over 20 years of experience as a university professor, researcher, and clinician. Dr. Bratton is a nationally and internationally known speaker and author with over 60 publications in the areas of child counseling, play therapy and filial therapy. Her most recent books are Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), CPRT Treatment Manual, Integrative Play Therapy, and Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Practitioners. Dr. Bratton’s research agenda focuses on investigating the effectiveness of school-based play therapy and CPRT/Filial Therapy. Dr. Bratton is a Past President of the Association for Play Therapy (APT), recipient of the 2007 APT Outstanding Research Award, 2011 Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award, 2013 ACA Best Practice Award, 2013 AHC Humanistic Educator/Supervisor Award, and 2014 ACA Extended Research Award.