Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
What is PCIT?
PCIT works with children and parents to improve the caregiver-child relationship and help parents learn skills needed to manage difficult behaviors. PCIT has been extensively researched in over 100 studies and has been shown to consistently help decrease children’s behaviors, increase listening, and improve family relationship.
How does PCIT work?
1. PCIT works wonderfully using an on-line video platform or in-person using the “bug in ear” technique.
2. There are two phases to PCIT. Phase 1: The therapist serves as a coach for parents to increase positive and supportive communication with their child to strengthen the relationship. Phase 2: Parents learn and practice effective discipline and teaching skills.
Who participates in PCIT?
PCIT is designed for parents who are overwhelmed, stressed, or feeling confused about their child’s behaviors. This therapy was created for kids between 2 and 7 years old, however can be adapted for younger or older children. PCIT works with children demonstrating behaviors including: difficulty in school or childcare settings, struggling to follow directions, whining or arguing, temper tantrums, talking back to or defiant towards caregivers, swearing or using inappropriate language, and/or aggression towards peers, siblings, or adults.
What are the benefits of PCIT?
Parents often report feeling more confident as caregivers and having more positive connections with their child. Children learn how to improve cooperation, appropriately express their feelings, transition more easily, and enjoy connecting with others.