What is PCIT?
PCIT is an evidence-based practice originally developed for young children, ages 2-7, with behavioral difficulties. The treatment model is based in theories of attachment and social learning. Across two phases of treatment, caregivers acquire skills proven to enhance attachment between child and caregiver while increasing child compliance, rule-following behavior, and decreasing other problematic behaviors, like tantrums and aggression. Intervention takes place through use of a coaching model, wherein the caregiver is with the child in a playroom equipped for observation (a one-way mirror and/or live video-feed) while the therapist is in the observation room. The caregiver wears a "bug-in-the-ear" device, through which the therapist guides and supports the caregiver in-the-moment to effectively implement the newly learned skills.
Since its inception, PCIT has been expanded to treat other populations and shows evidence as being a transdiagnostic treatment model for young children. Dr. Mattingly is experienced in utilizing the following PCIT adaptations: Internet-Based PCIT, separation anxiety, specific phobias, older children (ages 8-11) with histories of physical abuse and/or neglect, and Teacher-Child Interaction Training.
To learn more about how PCIT can help you and your child, check out these videos:
You can read even more about PCIT in the media:
"The playroom is a training ground in 1-on-1 caregiver and child therapy"
"PCIT Helps Parents Struggling to Discipline Children"
"Even the Best Parents Can Use an Assist in Helping Troubled Children"
"Have a Kid Who's Out of Control? A New Therapy Offers a Kind of Parental Empowerment"
"Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Teaches Parents, Children to Connect"
"Interactive Parent-Child Therapy Helps Shape Behavior Without those Negative Vibes"
"Therapy Helps Solve Behavioral Puzzle"
"Struggling to Discipline Your Kids? Try Therapy."
"When Nothing Else Works: PCIT or Parent-Child Interaction Therapy"
"Have a Challenging Child? Evidence-Based Therapy May Help You Cope"
"Psychotherapeutic Intervention Shows Promise for Treating Depression in Preschool-Aged Children"