Parent Skills Training
This treatment program is based on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a scientifically-supported approach for 2- to 7-year-old children exhibiting significant disruptive behaviors, such as throwing toys and refusing to follow parent direction. PCIT supports the development of a healthy parent-child relationship and empowers parents to use consistent, predictable, effective parenting strategies.
What to expect
Treatment generally consists of 12 to 20 weekly, hour-long sessions. Early sessions provide parents with an introduction to tecniques used. Subsequent sessions involve live coaching of parent-child interactions. Through a one-way mirror and an audio transmitter worn in the parent's ear, the therapist gives ongoing coaching, advice, and encouragement while the parent interacts with his or child. New skills are thus practiced, reviewed, and mastered in the office. Home practice sessions of 5 to 15 minutes daily are a critical part of the treatment. Therapists review parents’ experiences of home-practice at each treatment session and help troubleshoot any difficulties.
What do parents learn in the sessions?
Parents learn to increase their positive attention when their child's behavior is appropriate and to use differential attention to reduce minor negative behaviors. Parents also learn a specific time-out procedure to use when their child does not comply with a command or demonstrates other rule-breaking behaviors (e.g., back talking, hitting a sibling).