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PCIT for Families

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a short-term, specialized behavior management program designed for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties and their families. PCIT works with the child and caregiver together to improve overall behavior and to reduce parenting stress.

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PCIT is designed for young children between the ages of 2 and 7 years. 

PCIT has been successful with

  • Children with oppositional/defiant problems or aggressive behaviors

  • Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)              

  • Children experiencing adjustment problems

  • Children impacted by substance abuse or parental abuse/neglect

  • Children in foster care placement, adopted or recently reunited with their parents

PCIT requires a 12-16 week commitment by the parent/caregiver and child with one session per week.


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  • Improve your parent/caregiver-child     relationship

  • Improve your child's cooperation and listening skills

  • Increase your child’s ability to manage frustration and anger

  • Increase your child’s appropriate social skills and ability to get along with others

  • Improve your child's attention skills 

  • Help understand developmentally-appropriate expectations for your child


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Benefits of PCIT

Children with challenging behaviors often have difficulty in home, childcare, public and school settings.  Stress levels are high for the parents/caregivers and also between them and their children.  Unfortunately, children rarely outgrow many of the difficult behaviors.  Should their behaviors continue or increase, they are likely to interfere with the children’s learning abilities and development of appropriate social skills.  The overall effectiveness of PCIT has been well-established through scientific research.  Positive changes in children’s behaviors have been seen in home, school, and childcare settings.  These changes have even been noted in siblings of children participating in PCIT.  At the completion of PCIT, parents/caregivers generally report a high level of satisfaction and decreased parental stress levels. 

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Have questions or seeking PCIT services?

Contact our Patient Services Team

OUHSC Child Study Center

1100 NE 13TH ST 

OKC, OK 73117

Tel: 405-271-5700 x 45100

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