chapter  Chapter 24
Solutions to Common Problems and Questions Parents and Children Ask
WithGarry L. Landreth, Sue C. Bratton
Pages 26

Therapists who plan to use filial therapy need to be prepared to answer questions parents may ask about filial therapy training. One of the most common concerns of parents in the early stages of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) training is how to respond to children’s questions and unexpected comments. A common practice of children is to ask the parent a multitude of questions, which may be their way of making contact with the parent in this new playtime relationship. The unique dimensions of CPRT in training parents to be therapeutic agents in their children’s lives creates a number of problems for the filial therapist that must be dealt with prior to initiating filial therapy training and during the process of training. Parents generally seek out filial therapy because they are having “problems” with their children, but in filial therapy, the therapist does not work directly with the identified children.