The Process to Become a CPP Provider

What is CPP?

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence based practice for children birth to five who have been exposed to trauma – in the form of child maltreatment, sudden or traumatic death of someone close, witnessing of domestic violence, disruption of attachment; or multiple changes of placement. Young children may experience behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver as a means of restoring the child's sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate affect; and improving the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.

Is there training available?

Yes, it begins with a three-day training. Upon completion of the initial training, trainees will participate in two consultation calls each month for 18 months; and will receive two CPP Intensive Sessions (2 days each) at 6 and 12 months. Registration is now closed for the 2022-2023 Spring training cohort. You can add your name to the CPP Information list to apply for future training cohorts.

The 2022-2023 Fall training cohort begins October 2022. Registration opens June 1, 2022.

How long does this process take?

A minimum of 18 months, or until all of the requirements have been met.

What are the requirements to be considered for CPP training?

The minimum requirement to be considered for CPP training is a license to practice mental health. Provisional licenses are also acceptable.

What are the components of CPP training?

Will I be able to take on CPP cases during this training period?

Accepting and completing CPP cases is a necessary part of the learning collaborative. Trainees are expected to initiate cases within 30 to 45 days of completing the initial training. Participants will be expected to agree to provide a certain volume of CPP cases for local community referral sources.

Can I become a Medicaid approved provider?

Upon completion of the initial training, fully licensed practitioners will be able to apply as a Nebraska Medicaid (and associated managed care agencies) approved provider of CPP services, while they complete the remainder of the requirements.

Who does the trainings?

CPP is delivered by mental health practitioners (LMHP, LIMHP, Ph.D/Psy.D) and is best supported when there is an agency or practice team who learn and progress together. A supervisor/supervising practitioner who is trained in CPP; or has other solid experience in early childhood mental health treatment, is important to the success of CPP. Please see the Agency Fidelity Measure to understand the commitment required from the agency or practice.

TRAINERS: Dr. Mark Hald, PhD, Barbara Jessing, MS, LIMHP, LMFT, Dr. Paula Ray, PsyD, and Samantha Byrns, LIMHP, NCC.

Contact Information

If you are interested in applying to become a CPP Provider, or have any questions, please contact Samantha Byrns at

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Other information

This training sequence meets the standards set by the University of California at San Francisco for inclusion on their CPP Provider Roster. All participants are expected to attain Nebraska Medicaid (and associated managed care agencies) approval to bill for CPP. We recognize that CPP training is a serious commitment of time and resources and want therapists and agencies to fully understand what they are agreeing to do.