Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

A little boy.Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced based, behavioral family intervention for children 2 ½ to 7 years of age who have difficulty listening to adults, controlling their tempers, refraining from hitting or kicking others, and playing alone. The therapy is also effective for families who have experienced domestic violence, abuse, and maltreatment. A critical goal of PCIT is to enhance positive, nurturing interactions between parent and child, increase children’s positive social behaviors, and boost parent’s behavior management skills.

In contrast to the traditional approach to parent training that focuses on parent classes and role plays, parents in PCIT are coached by the therapist while rehearsing new skills as they play with their child. This active practice allows the parents to receive immediate praise for the parenting techniques they are using effectively and support for the skills they have difficulty mastering. PCIT is typically a 12-20 week program involving weekly, hour-long sessions in a PCIT playroom located in various community settings.

Contact Centralized Admission at 412-342-2270

Playroom Locations
Wesley Spectrum – Wilkinsburg
221 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Wesley Spectrum – Bridgeville
3117 Washington Pike
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Wesley Spectrum – Greensburg
521 Plymouth Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
Providence Family Support Center
3113 Brighton Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Wesley Spectrum – Penn Hills
121 Erhardt Drive
Penn Hills, PA 15235
South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM)
5301 Park Avenue
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Crescent Elementary School
8080 Bennett St
Pittsburg, PA 15221
Barrett Elementary School (coming soon!)
221 E 12th Ave
Homestead, PA 15120
Wexford site coming June 2016