What is PCIT?
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an intensive 14-16 week evidence-based treatment program for young children with emotional and behavioral problems that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.
Most of the session time is spent coaching caregivers in the application of specific therapy skills. Therapists typically coach from an observation room with a one-way mirror into the playroom, using a “bug-in-the-ear” system for communicating to the parents as they play with their child. Concluding each session, therapist and caregiver together decide which skill to focus on most during daily home practice sessions the following week.
What Results Can I Expect?
Clinical studies have proven that PCIT improves compliance rates, enhances the quality of parent-child relationships, and gives parents the confidence to use highly effective parenting skills.
Parents also experience a generalization across environments, such as school and in the community, along with positive effects on siblings.
For more information, see our TFS PCIT Brochure, or contact us at (707) 463-3300.