What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY is a proven parent-child treatment program that assists parents of children with behavioral problems (aggression, non-compliance, defiance, and temper tantrums). Originally developed by Dr. Sheila Eyberg, PCIT is a unique treatment program that focuses on promoting positive parent-child relationships and interactions while teaching parents effective child management skills.

PCIT has two program components:

In the Relationship Enhancement component, parents are taught and coached how to decrease negative aspects of the relationship with their child and to develop consistently positive and supportive communication.

In the Strategies for Compliance component, parents are taught and coached the elements of effective discipline and child management skills. Parents learn and acquire specific skills, practice these skills until mastery is achieved and the child's behavior has improved.

Appropriate Referrals

The most appropriate referrals are children between the ages of 2-10 years who are exhibiting some challenging behavioral issues. PCIT is most effective with young children and parents who want to improve their relationship with their children.

Dr. Goodman conducting a Parent-Child Interaction Session in her Westchester County office.Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Advantages of Live Coaching:

  • Skills are acquired more rapidly because caregivers learn by doing.
  • Therapist supports caregivers as they learn the PRIDE skills.
  • Caregivers quickly become confident and proficient in skills with child.
  • Therapist provides immediate feedback to caregivers.

Who is PCIT For?

  • Parents who are challenged by their children's behaviors.
  • Children with the following behavior problems :
    • Non-compliance to adults' requests
    • Annoying/attention seeking behaviors
    • Loses temper easily
    • Destroys objects
    • Aggressive towards others
    • Struggle with taking turns
    • Does not play quietly
    • Stealing
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT can begin helping you TODAY to improve the relationship between you and your child!

PCIT is an evidence based practice, with empirically documented success with improving children's behavior problems, and creating happier parent child relationships. For more information and links to research articles, visit

Westchester Parenting Center is the only program offering PCIT in Westchester County, N.Y.

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