PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children (2-7) with behavioral problems. PCIT is conducted through live coaching sessions during which parent(s) and child are in a playroom while the therapist is in an observation room. The therapist coaches the parent through an ear-piece live while the parent learns to manage the child’s behavior.
PCIT includes two treatment phases. The first phase establishes warmth in the parent-child relationship and helps the child to feel calm, secure and increase self-esteem. The first phase may also decrease tantrums, activity levels, negative attention-seeking behaviors, and parental frustration.
The second phase equips parents to manage the most challenging behaviors, while remaining confident, calm and consistent. Parents learn proven strategies to help children accept limits, comply with directions, respect rules and to behavior appropriately in public. This phase will also decrease destructive and defiant behavior, while increasing compliance and respect.
While PCIT is evidence-based for young children, it has been adapted for older children (7-10) as well. PCIT can be offered in the therapist’s office or in one’s own home via telehealth.
For more information about PCIT or to find a PCIT Certified Therapist, go to www.PCIT.org