Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Los Angeles Campus

Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor

Alliant International University Los Angeles
1000 South Fremont Ave, unit #5
Alhambra CA 91803

626-270-3281

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Family Systems Intervention

Group Psychotherapy Training and Supervision

Evidence Based Practice of Psychotherapy

Child maltreatment; sibling relationships; post-traumatic stress disorder; group psychotherapy

Regas, S., Doonan, R., Caffaro, J., & Bakaly, J. (2011). Family systems practice in residential healthcare: A case for using a sibling-informed group intervention. GROUP, 35:4, 305-318, NY: Mental Health Resources.

Caffaro, J. (2011). Fundamentalism and the search for divinity: The varied role of religion in interfaith couples. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. 22:4, 328-343, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Caffaro, J. (2010). Sibling violence and systems-oriented therapy In Caspi, J. (Ed.). Sibling Development: Implications for Mental Health Practitioners. NY: Springer

Caffaro, J. (June, 2008). Sibling incest. Research & Advocacy Digest, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, [WCSAP] 10, (2), 4-12.

Caffaro, J. (2008). Sibling violence. Clinical Update.Family Therapy Magazine, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, D.C.

Caffaro, J. (Nov, 2008). Sibling trauma. The Los Angeles Psychologist. Publication of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.

Caffaro, J. (2008). Sibling aggression and maltreatment. European Trauma Bulletin, European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. 14, (1), 12 - 18. (R)

Caffaro, J. (2007). Sibling Violence and Aggression: Assessment & Clinical Intervention with Children, Families and Adults. In Proceedings of the 5th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, Callaghan, P., Nijman, H., Palmstierna, T., and Oud, N. (Eds.) Netherlands: KAVANAH Publications

Caffaro, J.V. & Conn-Caffaro, A. (2005). Treating sibling abuse families. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, 10 (5), 604-623. UK: Elsevier Press.

Schene. P., Caffaro, J., & Fluke, J. (December, 2004). The importance of assessment in child welfare. Policy & Practice, Vol. 62, (4), American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), Washington, D.C. http://www.aphsa.org/home/news.asp

Caffaro, J.V. & Conn-Caffaro, A. (2003). Sibling dynamics and group psychotherapy. The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. 53, (2) NY: Guilford Press

Caffaro, J.V. & Conn-Caffaro, A. (1998). Sibling abuse trauma. Assessment & Intervention with Children, Families, and Adults.. NY: Routledge.

Sibling Violence: Assessment & Intervention. Invited Lecture. International Family Therapy Association [IFTA], Vancouver, Canada.

Sibling Violence: Assessment and Intervention. Invited Workshop. 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), Washington, DC.

One Couple, Three Approaches: Treating a Real Couple Struggling with a Challenging Child. International Family Therapy Association [IFTA], Vancouver, Canada.

Safety, Risk, and Resilience in Interpersonal Group Process American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Invited Half-day Workshop, 69th Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Treating the Couple and Family When One Child has a Life Threatening Illness. International Family Therapy Association [IFTA], Vancouver, Canada.

Psychodynamic Group Process Experience (PGE). American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Invited Two-day Process Group Institute, 66th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Treating Sibling Abuse Families. Invited Full-day workshop. Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Seattle, Washington. http://www.wcsap.org/

Psychodynamic Group Process Experience (PGE). American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Invited Two-day Process Group Institute, 65th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

Psychodynamic Group Process Experience (PGE). American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Invited Two-day Process Group Institute, 64th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas

Sibling Violence And Aggression: Assessment And Intervention with Children, Families and Adults. XIth International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) European Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Lisbon Portugal

Sibling Violence and Aggression: Assessment & Clinical Intervention with Children, Families and Adults. 5th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, Amsterdam -The Netherlands

A Difficult Balance - Treating All Family Members and Relationships When One Child is Seriously Ill: Group Therapy with Siblings of Chronically Ill Children. American Psychological Association, Division (43) Sponsored Workshop, APA Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Sibling Trauma. Invited Lecture. 30th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.

Project Consultant - Patricia Schene and Associates, LLC. Littleton, Colorado. Development of a Statewide Standardized Assessment of Child Safety, Risk, and Protective Capacity for the state of California

Advisory Consultant - California Child Welfare Services Stakeholders Group CWS Policy Advisory Committee, Sacramento, CA.

Advisory Consultant, 3 Strikes Program, Stanford University, Family Law Clinic, Palo Alto, California.

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD School of Medicine, Child Psychiatry -Residency Training Program. La Jolla, California.

Academic History and Background

PhD Clinical Psychology, Fielding Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, 1989

American Family Therapy Academy

American Group Psychotherapy Association (Fellow)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

American Psychological Association Division 43, 56 and 37 (Fellow)

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

International Family Therapy Association

Professional Practice and Community Service

Guest Editor, GROUP, NY: Mental Health Resources Press. Special edition of the journal titled, Siblings and Group Therapy., 2011

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Family Violence [JFV], NY: Springer

Abstract Reviewer, AAMFT Annual Conference, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, D.C.

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Family Psychology, American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy

Peer Reviewer, Clinical Update, Family Therapy Magazine. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, D.C.

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Haworth Press, N.Y.

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington, DC.

Online Social Support Environment for Girls Twelve to Seventeen with Turner Syndrome: A Grant Proposal (Ronda Doonan)

Development and Validation of a Psychometric Scale to measure Adult's Perceived Invalidation in Childhood (Georgina Smith)

Caught in the Web: Child Development and Cyberspace (Mike Alba & Scott Bass)

Suicidality in Female Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Meghan Moody)

Sexual offender performance on the Roberts-2: a comparison of post traumatic stress in adolescent males (Amyanne Cherie Burch)

Family in crisis: a dynamic systems approach to working with suicidal adolescents (Ryan Janis)

The Role of Sibling Relationships in the Development of Eating Attitudes in Adolescent Girls (Maria Zimmitti Cohn)

A neurobiology of self regulation: the use of mindfulness-based practices to augment autonomic functioning (Erica R. Ellis)

Perceptions of Conflict Between Brothers in Childhood (Adam Mark Weiner)

The Soldiers Project: a project of the Ernest Lawrence Trauma Center of LAISPS. It provides pro bono clinical services to men and women returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan War in need of individual, couple, family and/or trauma-related counseling. http://www.thesoldiersproject.org

Private psychotherapy practice with individuals, couples and families in Del Mar, CA

Advisory Board Member, Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention, La Jolla, California.

Running Rock Music Hiking Travel

Bio and Links

John Caffaro joined the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in 1992. He currently serves as Distinguished Professor in the Psy.D. program at CSPP – Los Angeles. He also holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, Child Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Dr. Caffaro is an internationally recognized expert on sibling violence and has trained child maltreatment and mental health professionals across the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a former expert consultant for the California Statewide Child Welfare Services Redesign and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on child maltreatment, sibling abuse, and family system approaches to treating post-traumatic stress.

He draws on more than 20 years of private practice experience working with trauma treatment and currently divides his time between psychotherapy, teaching, writing, and professional training.