When to Refer a Child to PCIT
Consider referring to PCIT when a child is displaying any of the following:
What Happens During PCIT
During PCIT sessions, the clinician actively coaches the parent on behavioral management techniques that help their child feel more secure.
- The first phase of treatment – Child-Directed Interaction (CDI). Parents learn special play therapy skills to use while interacting with their child.
- The second phase of treatment – Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI). Parents learn a discipline protocol that helps their child to follow directions through simple, clear instructions and immediate consequences for compliance and non-compliance.
- PCIT is the preferred treatment method for young children who have other disorders with behavioral and/or attachment concerns.
- PCIT is rated highly on California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse and Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse.
- Over 400 studies nationwide on PCIT with children who have been maltreated or at risk, have experienced serious physical abuse, have serious mental health needs, and in ethnic minority populations.
- PCIT has been shown to significantly reduce behavioral problems at home and at school.
- PCIT has been found effective with physically abusive parents.
Why NRPVYC trains IoWA-PCIT
We train using the IoWA-PCIT model of PCIT. The IoWA-PCIT model is a preferred treatment modality for young children who have other disorders with behavioral and/or attachment concerns, including children who have experienced attachment disruptions from trauma and/or loss. IoWA-PCIT integrates findings from attachment research into PCIT while maintaining the core defining features of PCIT. Both IoWA-PCIT and CPP are preferred treatment modalities for children in the child welfare system and other children with trauma histories.
PCIT Informational Overview Webinars
A free one-hour webinar to learn more about PCIT treatment:
- Understand the general underlying theory of PCIT and the IoWA-PCIT model
- Identifying children and families who would benefit from PCIT
- Referral process and how to access PCIT providers in Nebraska