• Are you having behavioral problems with your young child?
  • Does your child refuse to follow directions?
  • Do you have to repeatedly tell your child to do the simplest chores?
  • Are you constantly arguing with your child?
  • Does your child “sass” (back talk) you?
  • Do you feel like yelling at your child often?

If you answered yes to most of these questions and believe you have difficulty in managing the behavior of your young child, find Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a positive and intense treatment program designed to help both parents and children. The Program works with both parents and children together to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and to teach parents the skills necessary to manage their child’s behavioral problems.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy consists of two parts: 

Relationship Enhancement

In the Relationship Enhancement component of the program, parents are taught and “coached” how to decrease the negative aspects of their relationship with their child and develop consistently positive and supportive communication.

Appropriate Discipline
In the Discipline component of the program, parents are taught and “coached” the elements of effective discipline and child management skills.

In both components of this program, parents are taught specific skills and given the opportunity to practice these skills during therapy until mastery is acquired and the child’s behavior is improved.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is appropriate for children who:

  • Are between the ages of 2 and 6 years of age.
  • Are exhibiting chronic behavioral problems at home, school, preschool, or daycare.
  • Are currently living with one or both of their parents (the program is also offered for foster and adoptive parents).
  • May be on medication to manage their behavioral problems.