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Specialty Topic Workshops

Based on demand, the PCIT training team offers 1-2 day workshops on specialty topics for PCIT therapists working with specific populations to expand their skills.  For more information and to inquire about scheduling a specialty workshop, contact the PCIT coordinator ( 

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Child-Adult relationship enhancement (CARE) TRAINING

Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a trauma-informed, field-initiated modification of specific positive parenting ideas that characterize many evidence-based parenting programs. While CARE uses many of the same ideas and skills that are part of these programs, CARE is NOT a therapy program. CARE is simply a way for any adult to interact with any child. It is NOT a treatment or a structured intervention. It is a set of skills for relating and building relationships. Through CARE, the child-adult relationship can be enhanced in any setting and with a multitude of populations.

PCIT-PROBLEMATIC Sexual behavior (PSB)

PCIT-PSB- Problematic sexual behavior (PSB) is a distinct subset of externalizing disruptive behaviors that can occur in children as young as three years old.  Problematic sexual behavior in young children is a significant cause of school and home placement disruptions. The purpose of this training is to assist clinicians in adapting PCIT principles and incorporating PSB best practices for treatment of young children who present with both disruptive behavior problems and co-occurring problematic sexual behavior.


PCIT-Trauma- Many children referred for PCIT have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences. During this training, participants will learn to identify and practice strategies to adapt CDI and PDI to meet the needs of children or families exposed to trauma. Training overviews the effects of childhood adverse experiences on development and guidelines on decision-making about the appropriateness of PCIT or other trauma-focused treatments. In addition, participants will learn strategies to engage caregivers who may feel coerced or unmotivated to participate in a parenting intervention.


PCIT-SM- Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder defined as consistent failure to speak in specific social situations (e.g., school) despite being able to speak in other situations (e.g. home). PCIT-SM begins with teaching caregivers Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) skills that reduce the child’s anxiety and equip the parent in ways to support but not enable. PCIT-SM then incorporates a Verbal-Directed Interaction (VDI) that teaches the adult to guide the child through a hierarchy of graduated exposures to generalize talking into other settings, creating an upward positive spiral of brave talking.

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