Parents and Child
Parenting Support

Let's be honest - parenting is hard! As parents, you probably have your own areas of expertise in your life but rarely is developmental and behavioral psychology for children one of them. Don't worry. We've got you covered! At Place of Peace, we offer several empirically based strategies for helping you to help your child develop effective emotional, behavioral and social habits for life.  

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)


Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0-5 who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems. CPP involves both the child and caregiver in treatment and the primary goal is to support and strengthen their relationship to create a safe and secure place to restore the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship.


CPP works with the family to help parents and children: 

  • Understand each other

  • Talk and play about difficult experiences

  • Respond to difficult feelings and behaviors

  • Create a family story that leads to healing


CPP helps parents and caregivers understand:

  • How what they've been through may affect their development and their relationships

  • Ways to help children feel safe

  • Ways to strengthen caregiver-child relationships as a way to help the child heal

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based parent training treatment for children ages 2.5-7 years old that aims to strengthen family relationships, reduce child conduct problems, and increase child compliance. PCIT can improve a child’s behavior at home and at school and contribute to positive lifelong social learning. 


PCIT works with the parent and child dyad through interactive and live parent coaching in two phases: Child Direct Interaction (CDI) and Parent Directed Interaction (PDI). During phase one, parents learn how to foster a better connection with their child through using play therapy skills provided by the therapist. During phase two, parents learn a set of directed and consistent steps for discipline that ensure they can be effective in managing behavioral issues. 

Information about the effectiveness of PCIT can be found here:

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)


Triple P is an evidence-based program for children ages birth to 12 that is designed to promote positive parenting strategies and give parents simple and practical solutions for managing childhood behavior problems. 


Triple P focuses on:


  • Improving parent/child interactions

  • Using positive attention to foster positive behavior

  • Managing noncompliance and/or disruptive behaviors through step by step age-appropriate discipline strategies. 

  • Parenting strategies for children with disabilities

  • Supporting parents through their own symptoms of anxiety/depression

  • Engaging two parent families in Partner Support Interventions

  • Working with separating and/or divorcing parents

  • Working with families who are at risk of abuse in the home 

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