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What Is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

What Is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

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PCIT is a treatment, it stands for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and it's a way of working with young children with disruptive behavior disorders and their families. So it's a treatment that focuses on improving the parent-child relationship. It teaches parent skills to increase appropriate behaviors in their kids like following directions and decreasing inappropriate behaviors like whining or hitting. It involves live coaching of parents so that we can observe exactly what happens between them and their kids. It's also a program that helps parents use very consistent and predictable strategies that helps kids improve their behaviors and also feel more secure and positive about themselves and about their relationship with their families. So it's what we consider an evidence-based treatment. So it's been studied in hundreds and hundreds of kids and shown to be very effective in helping kids behavior get back into the typical range of functioning but it also helps parents feels less stressed, sort of more confident as parents. Every family that completes treatment is considered a treatment success. Treatment ends when child behavior is back in the typical range of functioning so when families get to the end of treatment it's because they've demonstrated these improvements and these changes.