Type of services:
Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is the primary intervention provided by this program.
CPP, which has both child and parent components, includes case management/advocacy, parent guidance, and dyadic and/or individual psychotherapy.
The child component addresses symptoms associated with exposure to violence including aggression, sleep problems, conflicts in the child-parent relationship, and difficult peer relationships.
The parent component of the project addresses conflict in the parent-child relationship, lack of understanding/awareness of trauma’s effect on children, disruption of attachment between the parent and child, and the stresses and trauma associated with being a victim of domestic violence.
Master’s or Doctorate-level mental health clinicians
Length of program/number sessions:
Variable, depending on the needs of the child and family.
Type(s) of trauma addressed:
Exposure to domestic or community violence, and other traumas; 75% of the children seen in the program are referred for exposure to domestic violence.
The Child Witness to Violence Project has established a national reputation for its contribution to the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention and the field of early childhood trauma. Its collaboration with law enforcement was recognized by an “Innovations in American Government” award in 1996; it received the Massachusetts Office of Victim Services’ public policy award in 1998.
- One of the first programs in the country to recognize the impact of exposure to violence on very young children and to provide an intervention that specifically considers the developmental needs of this age group
- The program has a dual focus on intervention and on policy and program development related to children and domestic violence
- The staff have dual training in early child development and trauma-focused intervention
- The program’s philosophy recognizes the central importance of the parent-child relationship as the context in which children develop. Intervention and training emphasize this philosophy as the foundation for working with children