Joshua Masse, Ph.D.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for preschool aged (2-7) children with behavioral difficulties. PCIT has strong research support showing effectiveness in reducing challenging behaviors (e.g., non-compliance, hitting, prolonged tantrums), increasing positive parenting behavior, and reducing parenting stress. Treatment gains have been shown to last 2-4 years after treatment completion.
In addition to disruptive behaviors, PCIT has shown positive results with children experiencing: ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Mental Retardation, and trauma. PCIT can be implemented with any caregiver who assumes responsibility in a "parenting" role.
PCIT is unique in that is a short-term intervention (average 14-16 sessions) yet the success of the treatment is dependent upon a caregivers ability to master specific parenting skills. Positive results are quickly realized since therapists actively coach and support parents while they are interacting with their child in a play environment. Therapists typically observe and coach parents from a separate room and provide feedback through a bluetooth style communication system.
For more information on PCIT background and research see www.pcit.org