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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for children ages 2 to 7. PCIT has been successful in treating emotional and behavioral disorders in children, including:

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Child Maltreatment and Trauma
  • Anxiety Disorders

How Does It Work?

Treatment is delivered in two phases: Child-Directed Interaction and Parent-Directed Interaction. During the first phase, children are encouraged to lead play sessions and the parent is supported by a certified therapist to provide understanding, comfort and support for the child. The second phase focuses on equipping parents with the skill set to confidently and consistently manage their child’s behaviors. The therapist coaches caregivers from an observation room with a one-way mirror and provides instructions with a “bug-in-the-ear” communication system. Below are some positive outcomes to expect from PCIT:

  • Improved public behavior
  • Less frequency, severity and duration of tantrums, aggression, and destructive behavior
  • Reduced Attention seeking behaviors, such as whining
  • Improved compliance and less defiance
  • Less parental frustration, more confidence
  • Safety and security for both parent(s) and child
  • Increased self-esteem and social behaviors in child

For more information, you can visit the official website: PCIT.org