PCIT is a specialized therapy designed for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties, and their families. PCIT teaches parents/caregivers to manage their child’s difficult behaviors, while increasing their positive behaviors. PCIT works with the child and parent(s)/caregiver(s)together to improve behavior and reduce parenting stress. PCIT consists of weekly sessions conducted in 2 treatment phases: Child-Directed Interaction and Parent-Directed Interaction. Parent(s)/ caregiver(s) are given specific skills to work on at home throughout the week.
PCIT is an exceptionally effective treatment backed by over 50 years of research. Live coaching is a hallmark of PCIT. The therapist observes the caregiver and child together, then provides coaching on the PCIT skills. Care- givers and therapists work together to manage challenging child behaviors.
Children ages 2 1⁄2 to 7 who display any or all of the following: