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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Training

Core Components of PCIT Training


We offer an intensive Within-Agency Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training program for our clinicians. This comprehensive training program is designed to equip our therapists with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide PCIT, a proven, evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems.

Our PCIT training focuses on enhancing the quality of parent-child relationships and changing interaction patterns. It involves two distinct phases: child-directed interaction (CDI), which is similar to play therapy and focuses on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship, and parent-directed interaction (PDI), where parents learn to manage their child’s behavior effectively while maintaining a loving and nurturing relationship.

The within-agency training structure allows our therapists to learn and practice PCIT in the context of their ongoing work within the agency. This contextual learning environment facilitates the practical application of theoretical knowledge, resulting in a more profound understanding of the therapy process and its impact on clients.

The training includes a mix of didactic sessions, role-play activities, live coaching, and consultation meetings. The didactic sessions provide foundational knowledge about PCIT principles and techniques. Role-plays and live coaching sessions allow therapists to practice the skills they learn under the guidance and feedback of experienced trainers. Consultation meetings, held regularly, offer an opportunity for therapists to discuss cases, share experiences, and learn from each other.

The goal of our within-agency PCIT training is not only to help therapists develop expertise in PCIT but also to cultivate a team of PCIT practitioners within the agency who can support each other, share best practices, and ensure the quality and consistency of PCIT services provided to our clients. With this training, we aim to extend the benefits of PCIT to more families, helping them foster more fulfilling relationships and address behavioral challenges effectively.

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