Parent Child Interaction Therapy
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence based treatment for children
ages 2 to 7 and their caregivers, focused on decreasing externalized behaviors (tantrums, defiance, aggression, refusing to listen and follow directions), increasing social skills and compliance while improving the parent-child relationship. Children who participate in PCIT develop higher self-esteem, communication skills and cooperation, and caregivers learn consistent parenting techniques to gain confidence in dealing with behavioral struggles.
PCIT is conducted through "coaching" sessions during which the caregiver and child are in a playroom while the therapist is in an observation room watching interactions through a one-way mirror. The caregiver wears a "bug-in-the-ear" device through which the therapist provides in-the-moment coaching on skills the caregiver is learning to manage the child's behavior. Treatment protocol recommends weekly therapy sessions to ensure caregiver mastery of skills, improvement of child’s behavior and relationship enhancement.
For more information check out PCIT International at www.pcit.org
Family Therapy strengthens the family system and rebuilds relationships. Family Therapy uses principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and Family Systems Therapy to identify patterns that impact the functioning of the entire family system. It explores how individual behaviors, emotions and responses contribute to the entire family unit. The goal is to help families improve their communication and ability to problem solve in order to improve overall functioning in the home environment. Family Therapy is flexible in that it can include all members of the family or part of the family (for example, parents-only) to target specific issues.