Frequently Asked Questions

20 weeks for families in community-based behavioral health clinics (12 sessions are often reported for university-based efficacy trials).

Yes. Therapists participate in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) training over the course of a year. During that time PCIT trainers provide face-to-face training, biweekly consultation, and feedback on video-taped or real-time therapy sessions for at least one of each of the following sessions:

  1. Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) Teach session
  2. Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) Coach session
  3. Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI) Teach session
  4. Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI) Coach session.

The Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Protocol is the treatment manual which describes how to provide the therapy with fidelity. A Treatment Integrity Checklist is included in the manual for each PCIT therapy session. A PCIT trainer, co-therapist, or the therapist can check-off the line items to calculate a percentage of compliance for each PCIT session provided.

Yes. There are two outcome measures completed during each PCIT Session, the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) and the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS). The ECBI is a 36-item caregiver report measure designed to understand frequency and intensity of behavior problems. The DPICS is a behavior observation system used to code caregivers’ use of the PCIT skills. These assessment tools are recorded for each session on a “PCIT Progress Sheet” which also contains information about home practice completion. These tools are used to guide each treatment session.

Other assessment tools such as the Sutter-Eyberg Student Behavior Inventory-Revised (SESBI-R), the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Behavior Assessment Scale for Children (BASC), the Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAP), and the Therapy Attitude Inventory (TAI) are also sometimes utilized.

We ensure that all our trainings meet or exceed PCIT International’s training guidelines. To be eligible for PCIT training, clinicians must: 1) have a master’s degree or higher in the mental health field, 2) be actively working with children and families, and 3) be licensed in his or her field or receive supervision from a licensed individual trained in PCIT.

PCIT Clinical Training typically occurs over the course of a year.

The PCIT International, Inc sets Training Requirements for Certification as a PCIT Therapist (see pcit.org for details). Our ECIC training team meets or exceeds each of these training standards. Our trainings consist of workshop days, phone consultation, video reviews, and implementation support. We tailor training to the needs of the group and organization. We are happy to discuss a plan with you that would meet your needs. Below is a sample of how a training year might be organized:

An experienced, approved PCIT trainer would lead a readiness phase during which the trainer assists the organization in getting ready for program development and assists clinicians to get ready for learning a new intervention. Upon completion of the readiness phase, the training year would consist of an initial 5-day (40 hour) intensive clinical training, 4 to 6 months later a 2-day (16 hour) advanced clinical training, case experience (during the training year, clinicians must complete PCIT with at least 2 families), regular (bi-weekly) consultation/supervision (approximately 24 consultation/supervision group sessions conducted via phone), and skill review. For the skill review portion of training, clinicians must demonstrate competence in 21 specific behaviors. Also throughout the year, trainers provide regular updates, feedback and technical assistance to agency leadership.

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