Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

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What is PCIT?

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a therapeutic modality used to treat children with behavior problems by fostering a warm and nurturing relationship between the child and their caregiver. Children who have received PCIT have demonstrated improved behavior in a variety of settings including home, daycare, school, and other public domains such as stores. 

Caregivers completing the program, report great satisfaction with their child’s improved behaviors, as well as reduced stress in managing their child’s negative behaviors, and overall improved psychological well being. Bringing the child and caregiver together in treatment strengthens relational bonds and has rippling effects on the overall quality of life for the entire family.


  • Involves the participation of both the child and their caregiver
  • Emphasizes having a more warm and nurturing bond between the child and caregiver
  • Has been proven through research to significantly improve children's negative behaviors, as well as caregiver stress and overall well being
  • Provides caregivers with continual feedback regarding progress through assessments
  • Is based on skill mastery and not time
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