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Child Parent Relationship Therapy

Child Parent Relationship Therapy

April 22-23, 2022/9am-5pm (Fri); 8:30am-4:30pm (Sat)

Richmont’s Atlanta Campus (1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100, Atlanta, GA 30339) / 12 CEs Available


Presented by

Mary Bennett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S

Dr. Mary Bennett is in private practice in Austin, TX and is a former Associate Professor of Professional Counseling at Texas State University. She is a Certified Child Centered Play Therapy Trainer and Child Parent Relationship Therapist Trainer. Dr. Bennett co-founded the Institute for Play Therapy at Texas State University. She served on the Texas Association for Play Therapy Board of Directors for five years as Secretary, President-Elect, President and Past President. She has served on the Dan Homeyer Research Committee. Dr. Bennett served on many committees for the Association for Play Therapy including, the Nominations, Awards, and Conference Committee. She provides supervision and trainings on a variety of topics across the country.

Course Description:

This training teaches Child Parent Relationship Therapy, a play therapy based and empirically researched parent-training program for advanced play therapy. The Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) protocol, a 10-session model, is the focus of this training.

Course Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Name the four key historical figures who created Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and Filial Therapy, a play therapy intervention.
  • Describe how Child Parent Relationship Therapy utilizes the Powers of Play to facilitate attachment and connection in the child-parent relationship.
  • State three characteristics of the environment parents learn to set for their children in CPRT.
  • Identify three differences of CPRT from other parenting models.
  • State two reasons we involve parents in CPRT.
  • Name four skills parents learn in CPRT.
  • State guidelines for selecting parents appropriate for CPRT therapy.
  • Name three CPRT facilitator skills important in the CPRT process.
  • State one difference between encouragement vs praise in the CPRT manual.
  • Demonstrate teaching parents how to reflect feeling, a play therapy skill.
  • Demonstrate teaching parents how to set a limit, a play therapy skill.
  • Demonstrate teaching parents how to give a choice, a play therapy skill.

Target audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Play Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists

Instruction Level: Intermediate

Continuing Education: 12CEs Awarded.


  • $300: Richmont Alumni
  • $350: Guests 


Recommended Texts:

Siegel, D. & Bryson, T.P. (2012). The Whole Brain Child. Bantam Books.

Faber, A & Mazlish, E. (2002). How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk. Avon Books.

Campbell, R. (1992) How to really love your child. Signet.

Instructional Methods:

Power Point, Video examples and experiential activities will be utilized in this presentation.

Disclosure Statement:

CPRT is considered promising for parent training, attachment intervention and disruptive behavior treatment by the California Evidence Based Clearing House and therefore is a viable treatment for many children. There are limitations to CPRT and therefore it is not the best standard of care for all children.

While Dr. Bennett is a contributing author to the CPRT manual, she does not make any royalties of book sales, etc.


For questions, please contact Martha Busby at
Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to  April 15.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. RGU is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.  

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Richmont Welcomes New Trustees

Richmont Graduate University is pleased to welcome two new members to the Board of Trustees in 2021. Flynn Broady and Vivian Ta will participate in their first board meeting this week. Here is an introduction to these leaders new to Richmont.

Mr. Broady had a 26-year career in the U.S. Army, including three overseas tours. In Operation Iraqi Freedom, he led 157 soldiers in combat as an Infantry First Sergeant. He began his service to Cobb County, Georgia in 2008, when he became a Cobb County Assistant Solicitor. He has also served as Veterans Treatment and Accountability Court Coordinator for Cobb, and Prosecuting Attorney for the Cobb County DUI Accountability Court. In 2020 he was elected District Attorney for Cobb County.

Dr. Ta holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington and is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. She is the Director of the Technology, Relationships, and Language Lab which focuses on using natural language processing and text analysis to examine psychological processes.