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Parent Child Interaction Therapy Information

Did you know you can change your child's behavior for the better and strengthen the parent-child bond simply through the power of play? Tantrums, noncompliance, and aggression can be overwhelming for caregivers and lead to difficulty in the home, school, and community. PCIT is an evidence-based model for children ages 2-7 years that enhances parent-child connection and leads with positive praise and play.

What is PCIT?

PCIT addresses problem behaviors in a collaborative, age-appropriate and supportive environment. The program consists of weekly hour-long sessions over a 15-20 week period. An important part of PCIT is empowering the parent and strengthening the child-parent relationship. The clinician stands behind a two-way mirror (or over Zoom) and coaches the caregiver through an earpiece. Children play while the caregiver is coached to play along and comment on the child’s positive behaviors. When challenging behaviors occur, the clinician coaches the how to handle them in real time. PCIT strengthens the caregiver-child relationship by focusing on the power of play and praise without harsh punishments.

What are the benefits?

  • Communication, attachment, and compliance Improve as boundaries are set and expectations maintained.
  • Enhanced the parent-child relationship and Improved child behavior.
  • Skills are easily Incorporated Into daily life thanks to weekly sessions over 15-20 weeks.
  • Caregivers gain parenting confidence and skills
  • Children are better prepared for school success.

How is PCIT funded?

PCIT is funded through both Medical Assistance and Commerical Insurance.

How can I get started?

To set up an assessment, please contact our access department: Delaware County: (484) 454-8700 Philadelphia County: (267) 713-4100 Chester County: ((610) 383-5635

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Locations with Parent Child Interaction Therapy


2901 Island Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19153

(267) 713-4100
Headquarters at Havertown

2000 Old West Chester Pike
Havertown, PA 19083

(484) 454-8700