Therapeutic Parenting

Child/Parent Relationship Training (C-P-R), or Filial Therapy, is an approach used by play therapists to train parents to become therapeutic agents with their own children. Parents are taught basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills including reflective listening, recognizing and responding to children’s feelings, therapeutic limit setting, building children’s self-esteem, and structuring required weekly play sessions with their children using selected toys. Parents learn how to create a warm, nonjudgmental, accepting environment in which their child feels safe to explore the parent-child relationship and themselves.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you feel like you have lost control of your role as a parent?
  • Do you find yourself yelling at your child more often than laughing with your child?
  • Do you feel you have lost touch with your child or don’t feel as close as you’d like?
  • Do you feel frustrated and find yourself saying the same things over and over, with no results?
  • Do you often find yourself getting so frustrated with your child that you end up saying or doing things that you later regret?
  • Would you like for your relationship with your child to be different?

Research studies have shown that C-P-R Training can:

  • Reduce or eliminate behavior problems
  • Enhance the parent-child relationship and the marital relationship
  • Develop responsibility and self-control in children
  • Increase children’s self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Increase the parents’ feelings of warmth for their children