Clinical and Wellness Center
Manhattan/Westchester – New York

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Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT)

What is PCIT? Who is PCIT appropriate for? What can I expect in a PCIT session? 

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a short-term, specialized behavior management program for caregivers of young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties, and their families. PCIT is an exceptionally effective evidence-based treatment backed by over 30 years of research.  PCIT is appropriate for families with children between 2 ½ and 7 years old, who are exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems at home or at school. The children we work with typically exhibit some or many of the follow behaviors:
 
• Act defiantly or talk back
• Disobey rules
• Are aggressive to others or destroy property
• Are easily frustrated or lose their tempers easily • Have trouble regulating their emotions or impulses
• Have difficulty with transitions
• Experience intense anxiety
• Have difficulty separating from parents
• Are excessively fearful or phobic
 

These challenging behaviors may have led to conflict within the family, including causing stress in the relationship between the caregiver and the young child, as well as difficulties in school and with siblings and peers. In PCIT, parents receive live coaching while they interact with their children and practice new skills during weekly, hour-long sessions. Treatment emphasizes improving the quality of the parent-child relationship by helping parents build positive, warm relationships with their children while also supporting parents as they set  developmentally appropriate limits.

 
PCIT consists of two treatment phases:
Phase One Parents learn and practice skills to promote positive child behaviors, decrease unwanted behaviors, and foster warm and supportive communication between parent and child
Phase Two Parents learn behavior management skills to reduce more problematic behaviors, increase child compliance, and learn how to follow through with a consistent and predictable discipline procedure
 
Therapists provide live coaching and support to parents during each session using a one-way mirror and a “bug-in-the-ear” communication system. Therapy skills are also practiced at home, with the therapist and parent collaborating to decide which skills to focus on most over the next week. Parents and therapists work together to manage challenging child behaviors. Families in PCIT are typically seen for 4-6 months, depending on the needs of the family.

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral.  If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.

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Clinical and Wellness Center

Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT)

Manhattan/Westchester – New York

Our Treatment Approach

CONTACT US FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR REFERRAL

Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT)

Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants is offering PCIT at our White Plains office for caregivers of young children with difficult behaviors.

What is PCIT?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for caregivers of young children, ages 2 ½ – 7, exhibiting disobedience, defiance and temper tantrums at home.

Who is PCIT appropriate for?

PCIT is appropriate for families with children between 2 ½ and 7 years old, who are exhibiting behavioral problems at home. The children we work with typically exhibit some or many of the follow behaviors: act defiantly, disobey rules, do not follow directions given by caregivers, lose their tempers easily, talk back, destroy objects and/or property, or harm/hurt others. The difficult behavior may have led to conflict between caregivers and strained relationships, including those between the caregiver and their young child, as well as difficulties in school and with siblings and peers.

What can I expect in a PCIT session?

During PCIT sessions, parents receive live coaching while they interact with their children during weekly, hour-long meetings. PCIT consists of two phases of treatment:

Phase One:
Parents learn skills to increase positive behavior and decrease minor misbehaviors.

Phase Two:
Parents learn discipline skills to reduce more problematic behaviors

Parents receive live coaching by a therapist through a “bug-in-the-ear” device, which allows parents to learn how to respond to their child’s behavior in the moment. Families in PCIT are typically seen for 4-6 months, depending on the needs of the family. All of our PCIT staff members have received intensive training in PCIT and are experienced in working with children and families.

Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral.  If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.

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