Welcome to PCIT International

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT International was created to promote fidelity in the practice of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy through well-conducted research, training, and continuing education of therapists and trainers. By creating an interface between the scholarly activities of PCIT researchers and the expertise of front-line clinicians, PCIT International promotes healthy family functioning.

The goals of PCIT International are to:

  • Foster the growth and expertise of the network of local, regional, national, and international PCIT therapists
  • Highlight the research activities and clinical innovations developed by the PCIT community
  • Empower parents to make changes that will lead to a nurturing and secure relationship with their children
  • Improve the lives of children and families worldwide through the provision of sound, empirically-based assessment and treatment.

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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) recently received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to evaluate different training methods for PCIT therapists. Via the Families Increasing Resilience, Strength, & Trust (FIRST) Program,...

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