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Adapting Child-Parent Psychotherapy for Telehealth


Several challenges emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to providing services to children and families. Offering Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) using telehealth during the pandemic has shown to have its own unique challenges; however, through those challenges, new insights and strengths have emerged as well. In this video, an overview of CPP in telehealth was discussed, including what it is like to do a modified Crowell assessment when the child and parent are in separate locations due to the pandemic. This video looked at some of the takeaways of providing CPP using telehealth including what has worked, what are the benefits, and what are some of the pitfalls to avoid. 

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Sarah Bernhardt, MA, LIMHP

Sarah Bernhardt is a mental health therapist working in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Sarah obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in Human Development and Family Science, and a Master of Arts in Education from Chadron State College in Community Counseling.  Sarah began her work as a Child-Parent Psychotherapist in 2014. Sarah’s clinical interests and modalities involve healing trauma, play therapy, the role of attachment in parenting and relationships, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, EMDR, and Circle of Security Parenting. Her focus is to foster self-determined change through trust and support in the counseling relationship. She draws upon a diverse background in work with family systems, domestic violence, end-of-life care, street youth, parents, and children.  

Lori Rodriquez-Fletcher, MSW, LICSW

Lori Rodriquez-Fletcher is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and an Independent Contract Therapist with Options in Psychology LLC. She provides individual and family therapy and is also a Child-Parent Psychotherapist in both Alliance and Scottsbluff. She has provided Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) services since 2013 and is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Lori’s special interests include working with children and families involved in the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. Lori has a Bachelor of Arts with a Comprehensive Major in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology from Chadron State College and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University. In addition to providing therapy services, Lori is an Adjunct Social Work Instructor at Chadron State College, contracts with the Chadron Community Hospital to provide Social Work consultation to Hospice and the Dialysis Unit, and is a part of several different advisory boards.