Parent Child Interaction Therapy
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a short term, specialized behavior management program for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties.  PCIT works with the child and caregiver to improve overall behavior and to reduce parenting stress.  Parents are taught the use of consistent, predictable strategies to help the child feel more secure and positive about themselves and to help parents feel less stressed and more confident in their parenting.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. http://www.pcit.org/

Treatment focuses on the following:

  • Improving parent/child relationship
  • Build your child’s self-esteem
  • Parent skills for increasing a child’s appropriate behavior (i.e. following directions)
  • Parent skills for decreasing a child’s inappropriate behavior (i.e. whining)
  • Increase your child’s ability to manage frustration and anger
  • Live coaching of parent/child interaction

Deciding if PCIT is right for you and your child:

PCIT is designed for young children between the ages of 2 and 7 years.
PCIT has been successful with:

  • children with oppositional/defiant problems or aggressive behaviors
  • children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • children experiencing adjustment problems
  • children impacted by substance abuse or parental abuse/neglect
  • children in foster care placement, adopted or recently reunited with their parents

Benefits of PCIT

Children with challenging behaviors often have difficulty in home, childcare, public and school settings.  Stress levels are high for the parents/caregivers and also between them and their children.  Unfortunately, children rarely outgrow many of the difficult behaviors.

Should their behaviors continue or increase, they are likely to interfere with the child’s learning abilities and development of appropriate social skills.  The overall effectiveness of PCIT has been well-established through scientific research.  Positive changes in the child’s behaviors have been seen in home, school, and childcare settings. These changes have even been noted in siblings of children participating in PCIT.  At the completion of PCIT, parents/caregivers generally report a high level of satisfaction and decreased parental stress levels.

PCIT requires a 12-16 week commitment by the parent/caregiver and the child, with one session per week.

Internationally Certified PCIT Therapist:

Kris Steinbeck, MS, LIMHP, NCC, PLADC

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