CPC-CBT – Combined parent-child cognitive behavioural therapy

CPC- CBT is a manual based CBT treatment for families where physical child abuse have occurred and where the parents and children have been assessed being able to keep having contact. The treatment includes families in outpatient care, alone or in group who receive treatment, at least 16 sessions once a week. Children and parents work individually and together. Every session ends with a conjoint meeting with the child and the parents for integration and practicing new skills and strategies.

Who the course is for

Professionals working with therapy for children and families where physical child abuse have occurred. Requirements for participants include:

  • Degree in psychology, social work or equivalent of at least 120 credits
  • The participation is anchored at the workplace/Barnahus
  • The course participant has access to at least one family to for training CPC- CBT
  • The course participant has access to the all material that is recommended in the CPC- CBT treatment like games, books, crayons etc (costs for material is estimated to 200 Euro).

What you will learn

After completing the course, the participants should have good knowledge about different theories that CPC- CBT is based upon as well as increased knowledge about how CPC- CBT is practically performed The participants should also have completed CPC-CBT with one family under supervision. The goal is to be certified as a CPC- CBT therapist.

Format and length

The course is held both online and offline. The training requires approximately 1 day/week. It includes:

  • 4 in-person seminars. Seminars 1-3 are in boarding format. They start at lunch day 1 and end at lunch day 3. Seminar 4 starts with lunch day 1 and ends at lunch day 2.
  • Preparation and reading of course material
  • CPC- CBT treatment of 1 family during at least 16 weeks
  • 12 Telephone/Skype/Teams/Zoom supervisions

Examination and certification

Completion of the course is either pass or fail.

To become a certified CPC- CBT therapist, the participant needs to attend 80 % of the seminars as well as all the supervisions. You should also have had completed CPC- CBT treatment under supervision for one family either as a child- or parent therapist.

The participants should also write a report describing one treatment session focusing on a certain chosen theme. The written report shall include the planning and implementation of the chosen treatment session, reflections from the therapist, and references to all mandatory literature.

Further information


Variable. Often covered in part by project or other funding. 

Barnahus Network Members have subsidized or – when possible – free access to this type of support. Read more >


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