Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), also known as Filial Therapy, is a unique therapeutic method that involves parents and caregivers directly as the agents of therapeutic change and promotes secure attachment behaviour. Through this method, the parents and caregivers learn how to improve their child’s emotional state and behaviour through non-directive play.
In CPRT, parents are trained to conduct non-directive play sessions with their children. The training process itself is positive and playful. Subsequently, the parent conducts these non-directive play sessions with their child under the supervision of the therapist, thus deeply hearing the child’s concerns and consequently strengthening the attachment with their child.
This approach not only helps to improve and strengthen the relationships between parents or caregivers and their children; it also encourages attachment behaviour, builds self-esteem for both parent/caregiver and child, teaches boundaries, increases listening skills, alleviates emotional and behaviour problems.
CPRT has been used successfully with many child and family problems: oppositional behaviors, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, abuse/neglect, single parenting, traumatic events, attachment/adoption/ foster care, relationship problems, divorce, family substance abuse, family reunification, chronic illness, and others.