Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based behavior parent training treatment for young children with conduct disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. Children and their caregivers are seen together in PCIT.

PCIT was developed for children ages 2-7 years with externalizing behavior disorders. PCIT is conducted through coaching sessions during which caregiver and child are in a playroom while the therapist is in an observation room watching caregivers interact with the child through a one-way mirror and/or live video feed. This treatment has two phases. The first phase of treatment focuses on establishing warmth in the caregiver-child relationship through learning and apply skills. The second phase of treatment equips caregivers to manage challenging child behaviors while remaining calm. PCIT can be completed within 12 – 20 sessions. Treatment is not time-limited.

Reductions in antisocial-aggressive behavior, child Maltreatment, and conduct problems.