Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

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Program/Intervention Name

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)


Behavioral Management and Treatment, Child Mental Health - externalizing, Family Functioning, Parenting Skills - Training and Enhancement

Program/Intervention Description

What: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a treatment program for young children with conduct disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT was developed for children ages 2-7 years with externalizing behavior disorders. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish or strengthen a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while encouraging prosocial behavior and discouraging negative behavior. How: This treatment has two phases, each focusing on a different parent-child interaction: child-directed interaction (CDI) and parent-directed interaction (PDI).

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

0-5, 6-12, Parent/Adult

Program Goals/Outcomes

Reductions in antisocial-aggressive Behavior, Child Maltreatment, Conduct Problems

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 6: General Population

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 1: Effective and proven by Research

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Beverly Funderburk, Ph.D.


Contact Email

Contact Phone

(405) 271-8858

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)