Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities in Memphis, TN is a behavioral family-oriented therapy and an evidence-based practice for children with disruptive behavior problems between the ages of two and six. The PCIT clinic is managed by the psychology department, with psychology trainees and community providers serving as therapists. Supervision is provided by licensed psychologists and postdoctoral psychology fellows who have extensive training and expertise in the PCIT model.
Developed by Dr. Sheila Eyberg, President and CEO of PCIT International, PCIT integrates concepts from social learning theory, traditional play therapy, and attachment theory to enhance the parent-child relationship, increase children’s prosocial behaviors, and increase parents’ behavior management skills. The program is implemented in two phases: The first phase is the Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) phase during which parents develop child-centered interaction skills. The second phase is the Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI) phase during which effective discipline skills are the focus. PCIT gives equal attention to the development of the parent-child relationship and the development of parents’ behavior management skills.
A critical goal of PCIT is to increase positive, nurturing interactions by including the child and caregiver in treatment, both in session and during daily homework assignments. In contrast to the traditional approach to parent training that focuses on discussion and role play of techniques, caregivers in PCIT rehearse skills weekly in session through live interactions with their children. Further, during parent-child interactions, immediate feedback is given by the therapist from an observation room, while the parent wears a radio frequency earphone.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Kristin Hoffman, Ph.D.
Director, PCIT Clinic
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105