What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)?
Tired of getting phone calls from school
about your child's behavior?
Is your child destructive?
For example, does s/he break things on purpose?
Feeling overwhelmed by your child's tantrums?
Embarrassed by your child's behavior when out in public?
Love your child but don't like your child
because of challenging behaviors?
MIGHT BE FOR YOU!
PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems.
The decision to whether PCIT is the most appropriate treatment for you and your child is between you and your mental health professional.
PCIT is conducted through "coaching" sessions during which you and your child are in a playroom while the therapist is in an observation room watching you interact with your child through a one-way mirror and/or live video feed. You wear a "bug-in-the-ear" device through which the therapist provides in-the-moment coaching on skills you are learning to manage your child's behavior.
PCIT is done across two treatment phases. The first phase of treatment focuses on establishing warmth in your relationship with your child through learning and applying skills proven to help children feel calm, secure in their relationships with their parents, and good about themselves.
Desired outcomes of the first phase of treatment in PCIT include:
The second phase of treatment will equip you to manage the most challenging of your child's behaviors while remaining confident, calm, and consistent in your approach to discipline. In this phase, you will learn proven strategies to help your child accept your limits, comply with your directions, respect house rules, and demonstrate appropriate behavior in public.
Desired outcomes of the second phase of treatment in PCIT include:
With consistent attendance and homework completion, PCIT can be completed within 12-20 sessions, though treatment is not time-limited. Treatment is considered complete when you have mastered both sets of skills and rate your child's behavior within normal limits on a behavior rating scale.
Watch the following videos to learn more about PCIT: