Parent-Child Interaction TherapyStrengthening Your Parent-Child Relationship
Experience an Evidenced-Based Approach to Parenting
What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?
What Makes PCIT Effective?
What makes PCIT effective is having your therapist guide you through situations in real time with your child, and providing feedback regarding progress, and improvement in your child’s behavior.
PCIT sessions take place with the parent and child in the playroom, while their therapist is coaching the parent from behind a one-way observation mirror in the next room. The parent is able to hear the therapist using bug-in-the ear technology.
Want to Learn More About PCIT?
For additional parent resources visit pcit.org
“PCIT helped me improve my relationship with my son and provided me with the tools to help me react in the best manner for a given situation. Nicole was fabulous to work with and you can tell she truly cares about patients. I HIGHLY recommend PCIT to any parent that is struggling with their child’s behavioral issues”
A.R. PCIT Testimonial
Santa Rosa, CA
Phrases of Treatment:
- The first phase of treatment is called Child-directed interaction (CDI), usually lasting between 5-7 sessions. Parents meet with the therapist for an initial “Teach” session without their child present, in order for them to learn the CDI skills prior to practicing them in session, and at home with their child. During this phase of treatment, parents use positive parenting skills to increase and reinforce the positive and prosocial behaviors you would like to encourage your child to use more often, while decreasing attention for disruptive behaviors.
- The second phase of treatment is called Parent-directed interaction (PDI), usually lasting between 5-7 sessions. This phase builds on the foundational skills you learned in the CDI phase, and is about helping your child learn to comply with directives from their parents.