One of our programs deserves praise for delivering positive results for families — Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is a short-term, specialized behavior management and relationship building program for young children ages 2 to 6 experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. Our staff has built a solid PCIT program over the years, using it in our Children’s Mental Health programs, Child Abuse and Trauma Services, Early Childhood Programs and our school-based services. PCIT works with the child and caregiver to:
- Improve overall behavior.
- Reduce parental stress.
- Improve the parent/child relationship.
- Increase child’s ability to mind and listen.
- Increase client’s ability to manage emotions.
- Increase positive social skills.
- Increase attention span.
- Build self-esteem.
During the traditional model of PCIT therapy sessions, caregivers interact with their kids in a room monitored by a therapist through a two-way mirror. The therapist gives the caregiver a “bug” to wear in his/her ear so that the therapist can talk to the caregiver throughout the session. The purpose is to provide real-life support and application of therapeutic skills. School-based and ECP therapists provide PCIT in the same room as the child and caregiver due to lack of resources such as the two-way mirrors.
“Since April 2011 I have built a prosperous PCIT program that helps not only families develop relationship, but clinicians learn how to practice an evidenced-based treatment model,” says Becca Wallace, F&CS therapist.
To learn more about our PCIT program, click HERE.
To make an appointment, please call 918-587-9471.