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How it Works: Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

A therapist's perspective on the approach and benefits of Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)

Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) is a short-term, evidenced-based treatment approach for young children (ages 2-7) with emotional and behavioral difficulties. PCIT draws from established parenting, behavioral, social learning, developmental, and attachment theories. It is unique from other treatment modalities in that it includes both the child and parent in treatment, uses live coaching, and utilizes a one-way mirror and a “bug-in-the-ear” device to provide direction and feedback to the parent.