Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) | The Village Family Service Center

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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Tired of yelling at your children? Feel like nothing you do or say changes their behaviors? Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) can help you feel more in control and improve your relationship with your child.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children ages 2 to 7 with emotional and behavioral disorders. It places emphasis on improving the parent-child relationship, changing parent-child interaction patterns, and assisting with effective discipline techniques.

“Since we went through PCIT, everything changed about 100 percent. We went from anxiety-filled, worry-filled, to relief.” – Parent Testimonial

How does PCIT work?

PCIT is a live coaching model where the parent and child are in a play room and the therapist coaches from an observation room with a one-way mirror. The therapist will communicate with the parent and provide feedback using a “bug in the ear” system. The goal of the sessions is to practice certain parenting skills; parents will also work on these skills with their child at home to build mastery.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) involves a lot of play.How long does PCIT take?

PCIT is done across two treatment phases and typically requires 12 to 20 sessions. 

Who is PCIT for?

PCIT is designed to help young children ages 2 to 7 with behavioral and emotional problems. Often families may be facing expulsion from daycare or preschool and/or struggling with behaviors at home or in public settings.

What do parents learn from PCIT?

Through play, parents foster a more positive relationship with their child and learn how to respond calmly and confidently to unwanted behaviors.

What changes could I expect?

Because PCIT is highly effective, you will notice positive behavioral changes across many settings and relationships (parents, siblings, teachers, peers, etc.). Parents often leave PCIT with increased confidence on how to handle problem behaviors consistently and in a predictable manner. Desired outcomes include fewer and less severe tantrums and aggressive behaviors; increased compliance, attention span, and attachment; more positive interactions and pro-social behaviors (like sharing and taking turns); and less frustration for parents.

How can I sign up?

Several Village therapists are trained to provide PCIT. Contact the office location nearest you to find out if this therapy model is available. For more information, visit PCIT International's website