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  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

    Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

    Are you feeling overwhelmed by your child’s behavior?

    Is your child throwing tantrums that are becoming increasingly difficult to handle?

    Are you worried about taking your child out in public because of how they might behave?

    Have you read books or tried other parenting strategies with little or no improvement?

    P C I T

    Might be the Answer your family Needs

    PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems.

    ​The decision of whether PCIT is the most appropriate treatment for you and your child is between you and your mental health professional.  After conducting a thorough intake where we observe parent and child and gather information, we can determine if this will be an effective treatment. 

    PCIT is conducted through real time coaching sessions during which you and your child are in a playroom while the therapist is in an observation room (virtual) watching you interact with your child. You wear an earpiece device through which the therapist provides in-the-moment coaching on skills you are learning to manage your child’s behavior.

    Does it Work?

    Children receiving PCIT in regular clinical practice exhibited a greater reduction in behavior problems compared with children receiving treatment as usual (TAU), and their parents’ parenting skills improved to a greater degree compared with those receiving TAU.*

    *Bjørseth, Å., & Wichstrøm, L. (2016). Effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) in the treatment of young children’s behavior problems. A randomized controlled study. PloS one, 11(9), e0159845.

    A review of problem behavior interventions for 29–96-month-old children with autism between 1996 and 2000 found that tantrums and aggression were the most common symptoms; and that interventions combining avoidance of problematic situations with direct instruction about appropriate behaviors were the most common approaches. This type of strategy was highly successful, and resulted in an 85% decline in problem behaviors (Horner et al. 2002).