Parent-child interaction therapy: A manualized intervention for the therapeutic child welfare sector

Rae Thomas*, Amy D. Herschell

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Children who have experienced maltreatment can often display behavioral difficulties; their parents may lack disciplinary knowledge, be less sensitive to their children, and engage in coercive parenting practices. Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is a well-known, evidence-based treatment (EBT) for child behavior problems and within the last decade has garnered significant evidence to suggest its utility for parents engaged in child maltreatment. This article uses a case example to describe PCIT treatment phases and PCIT research within the child maltreatment sector is synthesized with particular focus on treatment modifications. Successful augmentations and modifications include a motivation component, keeping therapeutic time shorter rather than longer, and whether to incorporate individual counseling and in-home PCIT are also considered. Practical strategies from both a therapeutic and research experience are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-584
Number of pages7
JournalChild Abuse and Neglect
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


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