Today was the first day of training my 7th cohort of PCIT trainees at Centerstone. I am fortunate this year to have a co-trainer, a Certified PCIT Therapist I previously trained at Centerstone who will be pursuing training as a Level I Trainer. We focused today on overview of PCIT, assessment in PCIT, and the skills used in Child Directed Interaction (CDI). We elicited feedback from trainees regarding how using the CDI skills made them feel. You can see all of the positive results of these skills when used among trained professionals with each other. Imagine now that you are a child whose parents are using these skills with you a little bit every day. Imagine you are a parent using these skills with your child for a condensed period of time each day. Both individuals leave the interaction feeling the ways you see listed. Sure, it can feel 'awkward' and 'confusing.' Keep in mind these are therapy skills, and therapy should be uncomfortable at some level or another, but the over-arching theme is that of being recognized, heard, supported, and in-the-moment. We have another day-and-a-half of workshop training, and then trainees will start seeing families for PCIT and receive 20 hours of live supervision with me while conducting sessions. This is a strong cohort, and I'm excited to watch them all grow as PCIT therapists.