Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Is a new program that the OKBTF now offers for behavioral intervention for children
(ages 2 – 7 years) and their parents or caregivers that focuses on decreasing externalizing child behavior problems (e.g., defiance, aggression), increasing child social skills and cooperation, and improving the parent-child attachment relationship. It teaches parents traditional play-therapy skills to use as socialof positive child behavior and traditional behavior management skills to decrease negative child behavior. Parents are taught and practice these skills with their child in a playroom while coached by a therapist. PCIT is time-unlimited; families remain in treatment until parents have demonstrated mastery of the treatment skills and rate their child’s behavior as within normal limits on a standardized measure of child behavior.
The Relationship Enhancement element of PCIT
Teaches the parents how to minimize negative characteristics within the relationship and guides them in developing new behaviors and communication practices that provide support, encouragement, and nurturing.
The Strategies for Compliance element of PCIT
Emphasizes effective and safe discipline techniques that can be used to manage the child’s behavior. The parents are encouraged to put these skills into practice until they can readily rely on them. Children who are subjected to these tactics learn how to adapt their behavior accordingly and most families see vast improvement in child behavior and the parent-child relationship.
Children between the ages of two and seven have been shown to benefit the most from this type of treatment.