Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a highly effective evidence-based treatment for young children (ages 2-7) with disruptive behavior. It has been repeatedly shown to reduce behavior problems, strengthen parent-child attachment, and improve child trauma symptoms. PCIT is unique in that children and caregivers are seen together, and caregivers are coached by the therapist from an observation room with a one-way mirror using a “bug-in-the-ear” system for communicating with parents as they play with their child.
Implementing PCIT in Your Agency
PCIT training involves a 12-18 month process that includes an initial four-day in person training workshop, a three-day follow up workshop, and 12-18 months of consultation calls held weekly and requiring the completion of two full PCIT cases. PCIT also requires a significant commitment from agencies, including support for therapists, maintenance of supplies, and development of key infrastructure. For more information about the PCIT training process and requirements, see the links below.
- PCIT Information Sheet – Brief summary of training requirements
- PCIT Implementation Overview – Detailed review of agency infrastructure and other needs
- PCIT Agency Checklist – Checklist of agency requirements, to be completed on application
- PCIT Example Room – Pictures of an example PCIT room setup
- PCIT Milestones & Responsibilities – List of trainee milestones and agency responsibilities
Upcoming PCIT Training Dates:
- Next training cohort TBD. Applications closed.
Important note: Groups of therapists from the same agency are given priority to training openings as PCIT is most effectively implemented in this setting. Openings for each cohort is limited. Once a training is full, interested participants will be put on a list for information on future PCIT trainings.