Early to Middle Years


Child Parent Relationship Training


CPRT is a 10-week group-based workshop that teaches you to understand and meet your child’s emotional needs and strengthen the attachment relationship.  CPRT can make a big difference in behavioural and other problems that a child may have.  What is unique about CPRT, however, is that it focuses on the RELATIONSHIP, rather than on the problems.

Child Parent Relationship Training is great for adults who want to develop a relationship with their child that is closer, more empathic, more rewarding, and more fun.

Filial therapy is a unique approach used by professionals trained in play therapy to train parents and other caregivers to be therapeutic agents with their own children through a format of didactic instruction, demonstration play sessions, required at-home play sessions, and supervision in a supportive atmosphere.  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 a special kit of selected toys. 

Parents learn how to create a nonjudgmental, understanding, and accepting environment that enhances the parent-child relationship, thus facilitating personal growth and change for both child and parent ... the objective is to help the parent relate to the child in ways that will release the child’s inner directional, constructive, forward-moving, creative, self-healing power. 

As in child-centered play therapy, filial therapy is not focused on solving specific problems or a quick fix, but rather is structured to enhance the relationship, in this case between the parent and the child, with the parent serving as the therapeutic agent of change.”

From Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT): A 10-session filial therapy model by Garry Landreth and Sue Bratton, p. 11


This course requires parents to be actively involved with their children outside of group for one special playtime per week.  Purchase of assorted "special playtime" toys is required (most can be purchased from the Dollar Store).

Course will run for 2 hours weekly for 10 weeks.  Dates and times TBA

Class size is limited to 10 participants.