PCIT

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Parent Child Interaction Therapy

PCIT is a short-term effective treatment for children with emotional and behavioral concerns ages 2 to 7 years. PCIT coaches caregivers using researched approaches to ehance the parent-child relationship. Parents learn ways to promote desired behaviors in their child. This method tends to reduce parental stress and increases child language, too! PCIT consists of weekly 50-minute sessions in two phase. And, child and parent get special playtime together! Most families graduate within 12-18 weeks. 

The therapist observes the caregiver and child together using a webcam while providing live coaching of PCIT skills either on screen (for deaf parents) or using a headset or a bluetooth earbud in the parent's ear (for hearing parents). Parents report feeling more comfortable in their ability to manage their child's behaviors because they get live coaching while they are home. This approach helps parents successfully continue with healthy behavior managment strategies long after PCIT graduation!

  • Skills are acquired rapidly by caregivers, as they practice in the moment with therapist support.

  • Therapists provide caring support as caregivers gain confidence and master their skills.

  • Therapists provide immediate feedback about strategies to manage the child’s challenging behaviors.

Caregivers are taught the PRIDE skills: 

Praise, Reflect, Imitate, Describe and Enjoyment. These skills promote positive child behaviors. 

Caregivers learn to use effective commands and discipline procedures. The PCIT therapist helps caregivers manage their child’s behaviors in many settings. 

Child-Directed

Interaction

CDI

Parent-Directed

Interaction

PDI

What are the two treament phases of PCIT?