PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with behavioral difficulties. PCIT focuses on decreasing negative behaviors and improving the quality of the parent-child relationship. In PCIT, parents are taught specialized skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s positive social skills and decreasing negative behaviors.

Target Population:

  • Children ages 2-7 and their caregivers
  • Children with behavioral problems
  • Acting out and disruptive behavior in school
  • Aggression towards parents, siblings, and/or other children in the home
  • Sassing back to their parents
  • Refusing to follow directions
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Swearing
  • Defiance
  • Oppositional behaviors
  • Children who have experienced trauma
  • Perpetrators of abuse / neglect and protective parents



  • Children decrease disruptive behaviors, increase listening skills and positive social skills
  • Increase positive parenting skills
  • Lasting effectiveness of treatment
  • Reduces reoccurrence of child abuse more significantly for parents who have successfully completed PCIT versus parents who have not completed the program.