Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a 12-20 session treatment for caregivers and their children, ages 2 to 12, who are having behavior problems such as refusing to comply with adult requests, losing temper easily, annoying others on purpose, stealing things, starting fights with others, destroying things, having difficulty playing quietly, having difficulty staying seated, and having difficult taking turns.
PCIT is a trauma focused intervention, meaning that children who have had significant stress or trauma may benefit from this treatment, however this intervention works for all children who display the symptoms described above. The components of the treatment are twofold. The first is to teach caregivers specific behavioral techniques to strenghten their relationship with their child. The second is to teach specific behavior techniques to improve the behavior of the child.
PCIT is an evidenced based treatment program that is supported by 20 years of research.