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Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT)

Parent-child interaction therapy, or PCIT, is a research-based therapy used to help manage disruptive behavior in children ages 2 to 7. As a parent/caregiver, you participate in the sessions that take place in a specially designed playroom. A highly trained therapist watches through a one-way mirror to offer suggestions. The sessions help you to learn and practice new skills while having fun with your child. Goals include promoting your child’s positive behaviors and easing your frustration and stress to provide you and your child with the best possible outcomes.

PCIT: Who we serve

We work with families whose young children are experiencing significant behavior problems. Targeted behaviors include:

  • Hitting, kicking, biting
  • Talking back, whining, swearing
  • Not following directions
  • Temper tantrums, outbursts
  • Distracted, impulsive or hyperactive behavior

PCIT: What to expect

PCIT is a hands-on treatment that allows therapists and caregivers to work as a team to manage behavioral problems in a practical yet unique way.

  • You will need to schedule an intake screening to see if you meet eligibility requirements for the therapy program.
  • Sessions last 16 to 20 weeks, dependent on meeting performance-based goals.
  • Weekly sessions last about one hour and should be combined with brief daily practice at home.
  • Coaching takes place during the session as our therapist observes you interacting with your child in a specially designed playroom.
  • Our therapist will teach you parenting strategies best suited to your child’s behavioral needs.
  • At the completion of PCIT, parents/caregivers generally report a higher level of satisfaction, improved mood and decreased stress levels.

PCIT: Our goals for your child

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy aims to teach specific techniques that will help families reduce negative interactions and increase positive communications. Program goals include building your child’s self-esteem, improving your relationship with your child and increasing your child’s ability to manage frustration and anger. The sessions also aim to improve your child’s social skills and boost compliance as well as listening and attention skills.

We look forward to talking with you. Please call to schedule an intake screening to determine eligibility.

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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT, is a research-based therapy used to help manage disruptive behavior in children ages 30 months to 7 years.

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