Category: Child / Adolescent - Externalizing

Clinical Intervention Training

Clinical Intervention Training 2 - Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Thursday, November 16
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Aqua Salon C, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) | Parent Training | Child Externalizing
Presentation Type: Clinical Intervention Training
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

This training describes Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based behavioral treatment for families of young children with disruptive behavior disorders. PCIT is based on Baumrind's developmental theory, which holds that authoritative parenting--a combination of nurturance, good communication, and firm limits--produces optimal child mental health outcomes. In PCIT, parents learn authoritative parenting skills through direct therapist coaching of parent-child interactions, guided by observational data collected in each session. Parents receive immediate guidance and feedback on their use of techniques such as differential social attention and consistency as they practice new relationship enhancement and behavioral management skills. Videotape review, slides, handouts, and experiential exercises will be used to teach participants the basic interaction skills and therapist coding and coaching skills used during treatment sessions. Applications of PCIT within physically abusive families and other special populations will be discussed.

Earn 7 continuing education credits

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: McNeil, C.B., & Hembree-Kigin, T. (2010). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.
Masse, J.J., McNeil, C.B., Wagner, S., & Quetsch, L.B. (2016). Examining the efficacy of parent-child interaction therapy with children on the autism spectrum. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(8), 2508-2525. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-016-0424-7

Hood, K.K., & Eyberg, S.M. (2003). Outcomes of parent-child interaction therapy: Mothers’ reports on maintenance three to six years after treatment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 32, 419-429.
Eyberg, S.M. (2005). Tailoring and adapting parent-child interaction therapy for new populations. Education and Treatment of Children, 28, 197-201.
Mersky, J. P., Topitzes, J., Janczewski, C. E., & McNeil, C. B. (2015). Enhancing foster parent training with parent-child interaction therapy: Evidence from a randomized field experiment. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 6(4). doi: 10.1086/684123

Cheryl B. McNeil

West Virginia University


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