Building Connections

Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence based parent-child treatment program for young children, ages 2-7 years, who experience emotional and behavioral problems (e.g. temper tantrums, hitting, kicking, not following directions).  Children exposed to traumatic events such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence are served by this project. The program’s focus is to improve the relationship between the caregiver and child through developing positive and supportive communications, and modifying behavior patterns through teaching effective discipline and supportive communication, and modifying behavior patterns through teaching effective discipline and child management skills.  PCIT uses a live-coaching model as part of the process; caregivers and the child are in a therapy room while a therapist is in another room observing.  The therapist coaches the caregiver on skills to improve the relationship.  PCIT is a two-part model where the caregiver learns skills to communicate with their child through child-led play and learns to instruct their child and improve compliance through effective commands.