Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an intensive therapy aimed at improving behavior by promoting positive parent-child relationships. It uses in-the-moment, experience-based methods, and coaching. PCIT helps parents more effectively manage their child’s behaviors, helps children be more cooperative, and improves the quality of parent-child relationships. This therapy is also effective in reducing the severity of trauma symptoms and helps children learn to regulate their emotions and behavior better. During a PCIT coaching session, a therapist will watch you and your child interact through a one-mirror and/or live video feed. You will wear an earbud device allowing the therapist to provide in-the-moment coaching on skills that help you manage your child’s behavior.

PCIT is Appropriate for Children Who:

  • Are between the ages of 2 and 8 years
  • Are at risk of losing school or daycare placement due to behavior
  • Have frequent tantrums or aggressive behavior
  • Have disruptions in the parent-child relationship (ex: were in foster care)
  • Refuse to follow directions
  • Display defiance, sassing, teasing
  • Caregivers need support with increasing their confidence and consistency
  • Caregivers speak English
  • Are currently in foster care (treatment can be conducted with birth, foster, or adoptive parents)

PCIT is on the State of Oregon's list of Evidence-Based Practices. To refer children and families, call Family and Youth and ask for "PCIT Treatment".

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) information (DOC)


  1. Family & Youth Services

    Physical Address
    420 NE 5th Street
    McMinnville, OR 97128


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