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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an evidence-based approach to treating behavioral problems in young children. CCD counselors specially trained in this type of therapy help parents decide whether this treatment is right for them and their children. PCIT is conducted through a series of “coaching” sessions in which parents and children interact in a playroom environment as the therapist observes either in an observation room or through a live video feed. Parents wear a small audio device in one ear in order to receive therapist coaching in the moment, providing by-the-minute guidance on how to better manage the child’s behavior during the session.

Typically, PCIT ranges from around fourteen to seventeen sessions depending on the level of mastery parents show in the skills required to manage a child’s behavior. There is no clock on this treatment. What’s important is providing parents the toolkit needed to better manage their child’s behavior. To learn more about PCIT and decide whether it is right for you, please reach out to us and schedule an appointment.

Goals of PCIT

•  Calmer family life.

•  Discipline that works.

•  Decreased disruptive behaviors and anger outbursts

•  Decreased stress for parents in dealing with their children’s behavior

•  Increases joy in parenting.

Kimberly Boulden, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Kimberly received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Delaware in 2016 and subsequently graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree from Widener University. She has been working with at-risk populations for over fifteen years. Her experience includes providing services in residential and office-based settings. Her clinical focus is a trauma-focused and strengths-based approach to work with children, adolescents, families, and adults.
Throughout her career she has experience working with clients facing trauma, homelessness, addiction, anxiety, and depression. Kimberly incorporates a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models into treatment such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Kimberly takes a holistic and empowering approach in her work. She believes in the principle of meeting clients where they are in order to establish and achieve treatment goals.

Ruth Cain, MS, LMSW, JSOCC (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Ruth is a graduate of Delaware State University and Wilmington University. She is JSOCC (Juvenile Sexual Offending Certified Counselor) for children and adolescents with inappropriate sexual behaviors. She has worked with children and adolescents for over 10 years in the mental health field. She has been trained as a multisystemic therapist working with at-risk adolescents and as a mobile therapist for intensive outpatient. Ruth has worked with depression, self-esteem, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. She likes to work with children, adolescents, and adults.

Teisha Fooks, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Teisha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University. She will graduate in December with her master’s in social work from Delaware State University and is currently working to obtain her license as a Licensed Master of Social Work. Teisha’s primary clinical focus is working with children and adolescents. Teisha uses a person-centered approach and employs Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play/Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Visual Imagery. She is also trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

Sandra Lopez-Villicana, LCSW

Sandra is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and a Master of Social Work degree. She has lived in Delaware for most of her life but has worked with children and teens in Boston, MA, Camden, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA. In her professional experiences, Sandra has supported individuals with many diagnoses including, but not limited to, ADHD, Autism, ODD, PTSD, and Anxiety. She is eager to begin working with Delaware’s children through The Center for Child Development.

Sandra utilizes various evidence-based treatment modalities in her therapeutic work to promote the overall well-being of children/adolescents and their families. She can conduct sessions in both English and/or Spanish.

Rebecca Roebke, LCSW

Rebecca is a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in psychology. She earned her masters in social work in 2005 from the university of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked with children in foster care and as a mobile therapist for intensive outpatient services. Her work as part of the team with the Foster Child Screening Program earned The Governors excellence Award. She joined The Center for Child Development in 2010. Rebecca has been trained in both TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and PCIT ( Parent Child Interactive Therapy). She has over 10 years experience in working with children and families.

Rebecca Roebke

LCSW, Director of Staff Training & Development

Brianna Ruiz, M.Ed (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Bri began her career in education by receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from DeSales University. After being in the classroom for 5 years, working with children from pre-k through middle school, Bri followed her heart and obtained a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. Bri completed her internship through CCD and is so excited to continue working with children of all ages, as well as teenagers and families.
Bri has experience working with children, adolescents, and families, and is PCIT trained. She has experience working with a variety of clinical concerns, including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression. Bri also works with a variety of children who experience behavior concerns at home and at school, including anger, aggression, and defiance.
Bri’s therapeutic focuses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused-CBT, Strengths-Based-CBT, Play Therapy, and Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT). Bri loves to form relationships and connections and is excited to help children, teens, and families reach their full potential and meet their goals.

Jasmine Wynn, LCSW

Jasmine is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Family, Youth, and Children. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware. Jasmine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has over 5 years experience working with children and families. Jasmine has worked in both the New York City and Delaware school system and child welfare system counseling and providing service coordination and case management services to youth and families. Jasmine is trained in Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). Jasmine utilizes many evidence based treatment approaches as well as provides individual, family, and group counseling services.

Jasmine Wynn

LCSW, Director of School-Based Mental Health Services

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