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".