Parent-Child Interaction Therapy


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an intervention for young children with challenging behaviors.

PCIT teaches caregivers specific behavior management techniques as they interact with their child.

PCIT focuses on increasing children’s positive behaviors. The therapy consists of weekly 1-1.5 hour sessions and is comprised of two treatment phases.

How does it work:

PCIT is an effective treatment backed by over 30 years of research. Live coaching is the primary method of caregiver training.

The therapist observes the caregiver and child, providing coach­ing through an earpiece.

Caregivers and therapists work together to manage challeng­ing child behaviors.

Advantages of life coaching:

  • Skills are acquired more rapidly because caregivers learn by doing.
  • The therapist provides immediate feedback to caregivers while observing challenging behaviors.
  • The therapist provides caring support as caregivers gain confidence and mastery of skills.

Who this program for:

Children ages 2 1/2 to 6 1/2 years old who are displaying the following:

  • parent-child relational problems
  • refusal and defiance of adult requests
  • loss of temper easily
  • purposeful annoyance of others
  • destruction of property
  • difficulty staying seated
  • frequesnt fighting and hurting others
  • difficulty playing quietly

Caregivers include:

Parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and legal guardians who have at least 3 days with the identifies child.

Caregivers will learn specialized play therapy skills to redirect and manage disruptove behaviors.

Most importnantly, PCIT is fun for both the cargiver and child!

A copy of this information is available here.

Fees are determined by program and will be discussed with you.

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