Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

What is PCIT?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a short-term, specialized behavior management program designed for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties and their families. PCIT teaches caregivers to manage their child’s difficult behaviors while increasing their positive behaviors. PCIT works with the child and caregiver together to improve behavior and reduce parenting stress.

Is PCIT right for your family?

  • Do you have a 2 ½ to 6-year-old child with challenging behaviors?
  • Do you worry about how to manage your child’s difficult behaviors?

How does PCIT work?

PCIT is an exceptionally effective treatment backed by over 30 years of research. Live coaching is a hallmark of PCIT. The therapist observes the caregiver and child together, then provides coaching on the PCIT skills. Caregivers and therapists work together to manage challenging child behavior.

What behavior traits does PCIT address?

  • Parent-child relational problems
  • Refusal and defiance of adult requests
  • Easy loss of temper
  • The purposeful annoyance of others
  • Destruction of property
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Difficulty taking turns

Who can benefit from PCIT?

  • Biological Parents
  • Foster Parents
  • Adoptive Parents

  • Legal Guardian
  • Grandparents
  • Kinship Caregivers

Advantages of Live Coaching

Skills are acquired rapidly by caregivers, as they practice in the moment strategies with therapist support, to help manage challenging behaviors while improving their confidence, and strengthening relationships.