First developed in the 1970s as a method of treatment for young children with serious behavioral problems, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) has been successfully adapted for use with children aged 2 to 7 years old who display disruptive behavior and/or who have experienced trauma due to child abuse or neglect.
PCIT supports parents and caregivers for children with behavioral problems. During therapy, adults first learn and then practice new ways of interacting with children with emotional or behavior problems, language issues, developmental disabilities, or mental health struggles. PCIT enhances the parent-child relationship and teaches parents behavior management skills they can use to have positive interactions with their children.
PCIT is the only evidence-based practice in which the parent and child are treated together throughout the entire process. And PCIT and PCIT-based programs help prevent child abuse and neglect and decrease the child’s risk of antisocial and criminal behavior later in life.