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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an intensive treatment program that relies heavily on play to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and teaches parents the necessary skills for managing children's behavioral problems. In PCIT, parents are taught and "coached" on how to decrease negative aspects of relationship patterns, utilize child-centered play therapy techniques, develop consistently positive and supportive communication, and apply effective discipline and child management skills. Parents receive live coaching until mastery is acquired and the child's behavior is improved. These techniques can be applied to general practice with children and families.

Other Credits: BBS, APT: 7 CE Hrs. APT Approved Provider 98-046.

Note: Applies toward the Certificate in Play Therapy. While the Department of Psychiatry is aware of the research on the efficacy of play therapy*, it cannot specifically endorse each play therapy intervention included in each class in the play therapy certificate program. * 

Course Number: PSY-40328
Credit: 0.50 unit(s)