101500: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy With At-Risk Families

About the Course:

Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is a family-centered treatment approach demonstrated effective for abused and at-risk children ages 2½ to 12 and their parents or caregivers. The material used as the basis of this course explores the characteristics and benefits of PCIT to help child welfare caseworkers, other professionals who work with at-risk families, and caregivers make more informed decisions about family participation in PCIT programs. It includes information about what makes PCIT unique, key components, effectiveness, and what to look for in a PCIT therapist.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Publication Date:

January 2007


Chaffin, Mark, Ph.D., et al. (contributor)

About the Author:

For the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about parent-child interaction therapy and its application to work with at-risk families. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the unique features and key components of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT).

  2. Assess information presented regarding the effectiveness of PCIT.

  3. Describe the attributes and skills to seek when looking for a competent PCIT mental health professional.

  4. Utilize resources cited as needed for further information regarding PCIT and at-risk families.

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