Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) at Family Innovations

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is a research supported, evidence-based intervention model for children aged 0-6 who have experienced traumatic events and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, or behavioral problems. Therapy sessions include both the child and their parent or primary caregiver. A central goal is to support and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship as a vehicle for restoring and protecting the child’s mental health. Targets of the intervention include addressing caregivers’ and children’s misconceptions of each other, patterns of behavior that are maladaptive, and interactions and behaviors that interfere with the child’s mental health. Interventions are tailored to the family’s cultural values.  For children exposed to trauma, the caregiver and child pair are guided over the course of treatment to create a joint story of the traumatic event and to identify and address traumatic triggers that generate dysregulated behaviors and emotions. Therapy typically involves weekly hour-long sessions.

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  • Amy LuebkeAmy Luebke - MA, LPCC
    Therapist - Stillwater

    Amy completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Bethel University in 2008 and is licensed through the state of Minnesota as a professional counselor. Amy has also completed an extensive, three year certificate program in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health through the University of Minnesota, and is highly skilled in providing mental health services to very young children and their families, including diagnostic assessments using the Diagnostic Classification: 0-3 R (DC:0-3R), a best practice model for early childhood mental health. She is available to provide reflective consultation to staff and agencies desiring to enhance their ability to provide services to very young children. She uses a relationship based approach when working with children and their caregivers, grounded in developmental theory with understanding of the effects of trauma on children.
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Adoption/ foster care
    • Anxiety
    • Children affected by divorce
    • Depression
    • Developmental Delays
    • Trauma

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties:

    • MN Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor # 232
    • Board Approved LPC/LPCC Supervisor
    • Trained in using DC:0-3 R diagnostic protocol for children birth – 5 years of age
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy
    • Infant Mental Health Specialist IMH-E (III)

  • Lori McDaniel - MA, LPCC
    Clinical Supervisor & Therapist- Maplewood

    Lori completed her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Bethel University and is licensed through the state of Minnesota as a professional counselor. Lori enjoys working with adults, couples, families and young children.  She has over twenty years of experience working with children and families and is passionate about walking with families through their healing process. Lori has been trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence based therapy for caregivers and children ages birth to five who have trauma exposure and in experiential play therapy which provides an effective and comfortable space for children to share their feelings and experiences through play. Her goal is to create a therapeutic environment where people feel safe, cared for and accepted. 
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    Special areas of interest:

    • Trauma (Adult and Child)
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Marital issues
    • Early Childhood Mental Health
    • Parent-Child Relationship Conflicts

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties: 

    • MN Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Trauma Informed Parent Child Psychotherapy

     

  • Ben NesbittBen Nesbitt - MSW, LICSW
    Therapist - Alexandria

    Ben completed his Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Cedarville University in 2002 and his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Prior to joining Family Innovations in 2012, he worked for nine years with children and families, including refugees, asylum seekers, and individuals and families impacted by domestic and international adoption. He has been trained in working with children ages 0-5 and in diagnostic assessments using the Diagnostic Classification: 0-3 R (DC:0-3R), a best practice model for early childhood mental health assessments. He enjoys working with children and families of all ages. His areas of interest include attachment, adoption/foster care, early childhood mental health, family of origin issues, parenting, trauma, abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, child and brain development, parent-child relationships, and communication.

    Special areas of interest:

    • Attachment
    • Adoption
    • Parent-child relationships
    • Early childhood mental health

    Licensure, Certificates, Affiliations, & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Clinical Social Worker #17537
    • DC:0-3R diagnostic protocol for children birth - 5 years of age
    • Circle of Security Registered Parent Educator
    • Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Meghan SwensonMeghan Swenson - MA, LMFT, RPT
    Clinical Supervisor & Therapist - Centerville

    Meghan completed her Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University, and has been licensed through the state of Minnesota as a marriage and family therapist since 2011. She has also been working as a Registered Play Therapist since 2011. Meghan is currently finishing up a graduate certificate at the University of Minnesota in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and will soon begin training in Child Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence based therapy for children age birth – three with traumatic exposure.  Meghan enjoys working with young children and their families and has extensive experience in working with young children and their families. She utilizes a holistic approach to therapy, incorporating mind, body, and soul care.  She is highly trained in early childhood mental health, and is able to provide reflective consultation to agencies and programs seeking to enhance their own ability to work with young children. 

    Special areas of interest:

    • Early Childhood Mental Health
    • Attachment Issues/Concern
    • Parent/Child Conflict
    • Trauma
    • Behavior Concerns

    Licensure, Certifications, Affiliations & Evidence Based Specialties

    • MN Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #2038
    • Registered Play Therapist
    • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Trained
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • Trained in the DC:0-3R - Diagnostic Assessments for young children
    • PREPARE/ENRICH Certified
  • Amy Luebke
  • Lori McDaniel
  • Ben Nesbitt
  • Meghan Swenson

CPP therapists at Family Innovations

  • Amy Luebke – MA, LPCC
  • Meghan Swenson – MA, LMFT, RPT