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.
deciding if PCIT is right for your family
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.
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.
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