Parents: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if PCIT is the right fit for my child/family?
How do I get the best results out of PCIT?
How long does it take to complete PCIT?
The average length of treatment typically varies between 12 and 20 sessions. Treatment length is variable based on each family's specific needs. Some families complete treatment in fewer than 12 sessions. Other families take more than 20 sessions to meet treatment graduation requirements.
The length of treatment is likely based on the following factors:
- Family's regular attendance to treatment
- The extent that caregivers engage in quality homework practice in between sessions
- The rate that caregivers display mastery of PCIT skills in session
- The intensity of the child's behaviors at the start of treatment
- The rate at which caregivers report reductions in children's behavior problems
- The extent that the child has other emotional or developmental concerns
- The fulfillment of a specific treatment or case plan if referred by child protective services.
Where can I find a PCIT therapist?
- Certified PCIT International Therapists that have elected to advertise their locations can be found here.
We’ve tried therapy before. How might PCIT be different?
Many behavior parent training programs teach similar parenting skills, PCIT differs from other programs because it:
- emphasizes in-session parent practice of skills
- parents receive live coaching and feedback related to skills
- parents are required to master specific parenting skills
- PCIT is not session-limited.
- Graduation is based on parent demonstration of mastery of skills
- Parents rate children's behavior problems as within normal limits before treatment graduation.