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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 five-day in person training workshop, a two-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.

Upcoming PCIT Training Dates:

  • July 23-28, 2018, UAMS Child Study Center, Little Rock, AR. Applications open on May 15.

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.