Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment program that assists parents of children with behavioral problems. PCIT focuses on promoting positive parent-child relationships while teaching parents the necessary skills to effectively manage their child's behavior problems.

PCIT is appropriate for:

  • Children who are between the ages of 2 and 7 years
  • Children who exhibit the following behavioral concerns:
    • Aggression toward parents, siblings, and/or other children
    • "Sassing" back to their parents
    • Refusing to follow directions
    • Frequent temper tantrums
    • Defiance
  • Parents willing to participate in services and learn new techniques
  • Parents who need to learn appropriate discipline methods
  • Parents who want to improve the bond with their child

PCIT is NOT appropriate:

  • If the participating parent has a severe untreated mental illness
  • If there is ongoing, serious domestic violence in the home
  • With a parent who has sexually offended against a child
  • With a child with pervasive developmental disorders

For referrals or further information, please contact Christie Pelz at (509) 473-4829 or