October 1, 2014

Child-Parent Psychotherapy Program Addresses Unmet Needs of Young Children

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., October 1, 2014 -- Harrington HealthCare System has been accepted into a nationwide program to counsel very young children -- from birth through age 5 -- who have experienced painful events such as loss, separation, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and community violence.

The program, called Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), is designed to help therapists strengthen the caregiver-child relationship and help both child and caregiver recover from painful events.

Harrington Director of Intensive Family Services Mirza Lugardo, who is helping implement the program at Harrington, said, "Over my 25 years of clinical experience, I have noticed that the population of children from birth to 5 has not received appropriate mental health services to address the unique needs and issues of this specific population.

"For the first time, we are going to be able to meet the local needs of this fragile, underserved and almost forgotten group," Lugardo said. "Now, children and parents are going to be able to receive appropriate treatment at Harrington HealthCare System."

Harrington was accepted into the program by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN). The program is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Three Harrington psychotherapists are participating in the program: Lugardo, Carol Mackiewicz, and Nathan Hand.

To make a referral or learn more about the program, please call 508-765-2280.