Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) : An Evidence-Based 10-Session Filial Therapy Model book cover
2nd Edition

Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)
An Evidence-Based 10-Session Filial Therapy Model

ISBN 9781138689039
Published September 6, 2019 by Routledge
558 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), grounded in the attitudes and principles of Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), is based on the belief that a parent acting as an agent for change in place of a play therapist has potential for significant and lasting therapeutic gains. This newly expanded and revised edition of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) describes training objectives, essential skills and concepts taught in each session, as well as the format for supervising parents’ play sessions. Transcripts of actual sessions demonstrate process and content in the 10 CPRT training sessions. Research demonstrating the effectiveness of CPRT on child and parent outcomes is presented in support of CPRT’s designation as an evidence-based treatment model.

This second edition is updated to include six new chapters exploring the topics of cultural considerations for working with ethnically and racially diverse families, neuroscience support for CPRT, and adaptions for specific populations including parents of toddlers, parents of preadolescents, adoptive families, and the teacher/student relationship. The authors’ expertise and experience results in a book that is essential reading for both students and professionals. By using this text and the accompanying treatment manual, filial therapists will have a complete package for training parents in the CPRT model.

Table of Contents



Contributing Authors

1 History, Development, and Objectives of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-Session

Filial Therapy Model

2 Neuroscience and CPRT

Raissa M. Miller

3 Unique Features of CPRT

4 Training and Supervision of CPRT Filial Therapists

5 Critical Components in Facilitating the Process of CPRT

6 CPRT Skills, Concepts, and Attitudes to Be Taught

7 The 10-Session CPRT Training Process

8 CPRT Training Session 1: Training Objectives and Reflective Responding

9 CPRT Training Session 2: Basic Principles for Play Sessions

10 CPRT Training Session 3: Parent-Child Play Session Skills and Procedures

11 CPRT Training Session 4: Supervision Format and Limit Setting

12 CPRT Training Session 5: Play Session Skills Review

13 CPRT Training Session 6: Supervision and Choice Giving

14 CPRT Training Session 7: Supervision and Self-Esteem-Building Responses

15 CPRT Training Session 8: Supervision and Encouragement vs. Praise

16 CPRT Training Session 9:

Supervision and Generalizing Skills 17 CPRT Training Session 10: Evaluation and Summing Up

18 Adapting CPRT for Parents of Toddlers

Mary Morrison Bennett and Kara Carnes-Holt

19 Adapting CPRT for Parents of Preadolescents

Peggy L. Ceballos, Kristin Meany-Walen, and Kara Carnes-Holt

20 Adapting CPRT for Adoptive Families

Kara Carnes-Holt and Kristie Opiola

21 Adapting CPRT for Teachers

Mary Morrison Bennett and Wendy Pretz Helker

22 Culturally Responsive CPRT

Angela I. Sheely-Moore, Peggy L. Ceballos, Yung-Wei Lin, and Yumiko Ogawa

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Garry L. Landreth, EdD, LPC, RPT-S, is regents professor emeritus, department of counseling and higher education, and founder and director emeritus, Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.

Sue C. Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is professor emerita, department of counseling and higher education, and director emerita, Center for Play Therapy at the University of North Texas.


"This a true second edition, with six new chapters! The applications for working with toddlers and tweens are specific, detailed, and wonderful. The discussion of how neuroscience aligns with CPRT is insightful. An exploration of CPRT research, along with the evidenced-based designation, adds informative value. Other adds for using CPRT with adoptive families, teachers, and discussion of cultural issues round out the core chapters for the 10-session model! It is a treat to read and experience!"

Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, professor emerita at Texas State University and director emerita at the Association for Play Therapy

"CPRT has been empirically demonstrated to improve child-parent relationships and child behaviors.  This protocol for therapists provides the essentials needed to implement the program successfully. The notebook for parents expands on the principles, allowing parents to apply them to home situations. These resources enable users to experience the full value of CPRT."

Louise Guerney, PhD, RPT-S, professor emeritus at Penn State University and co-developer of Filial Therapy and faculty member of the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement (NIRE)