John Caffaro

John Caffaro | Distinguished Professor

  • California School of Professional Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
  • Los Angeles Campus

Research Interests

Interpersonal trauma; sibling relationships; post-traumatic stress disorder; group psychotherapy


Dr. 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 sexual abuse having published two seminal books in this area and has trained mental health professionals across the United States, Europe and Asia. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse and Journal of Family Violence, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on treating adult survivors of sibling violence and sexual abuse, systemic approaches to treating post traumatic stress, and group psychotherapy. He has appeared on CNN, and been interviewed numerous times by the NY Times, Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Boston Globe, LA Times, VICE News, and London Times. He is an elected Fellow in APA Divisions 43, 56, and 37 and was recently honored with the Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology award granted by the American Psychological Association, Division (43) Society for Family Psychology.
He draws on more than 25 years of private practice experience working with trauma treatment and currently divides his time between psychotherapy, teaching, writing, and professional training.


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


  • Group Psychotherapy Training and Supervision
  • Evidence Based Practice of Psychotherapy
  • Family Systems Intervention


  • Award for Teaching Excellence. Child Psychiatry Residency Training Program. University of California at San Diego [UCSD] Department of Psychiatry. La Jolla, CA.
  • National Group Instructor Designate (AGPA) American Group Psychotherapy Association, NY.
  • : Outstanding Core Faculty Award. California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology. American Psychological Association, APA Division (43) Society for Family Psychology, Washington, DC.



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.


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


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


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. (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.


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.


Caffaro, J.V. (Winter, 2017). Adult Survivors of Sibling Abuse: When the Bully is your Brother or Sister. PARIDIGM Magazine 21(1), 4-7 2016 Targeted Publications Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Shay, J. & Caffaro, J.V. (2017). AGPA at 75: Past, Present, and Future. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 67, (1). NY: Routledge.


Caffaro, J.V. (2016). Treating Adult Survivors of Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Relational Strengths-Based Approach. Journal of Family Violence, New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/s10896-016-9877-0


Regas, S., & Caffaro, J. (2015). Utilizing couple group therapy to resolve the conundrum of relationship. Family Psychologist, 31, 9-10.


Caffaro, J.V. (2014). Sibling abuse trauma. 2nd Edition. New York: Routledge.


Caffaro, J.V. (2015). Interpersonal Integrative Group Therapy. In Encyclopaedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Neukrug, E. (Ed.). SAGE.


Caffaro, J. (2014). I'll take the high road. In Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy: Pathways to Resolution, 2nd Edition. Shay, J. & Motherwell, L. (Eds.), NY: Routledge.

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