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
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.
Director of Staff & Community Needs
Rebecca specializes in working with children and families using strengths to overcome challenges. She has worked with children for over 15 years. Her interest is in helping children and adults who have experienced trauma with the goal to empower families to make the necessary changes in order to create strong, loving environments where children can thrive.
Rebecca enjoys teaching and training others on the effects of trauma on the brain and integrating art and other creative modalities into the therapy process. Rebecca practices a number of specialized modalities, including PCIT, EMDR, and TraumaPlay. When not providing therapy in the outpatient office, you can most likely find Rebecca on the beach with her husband, two children, and her pups.
Jasmine Wynn is a graduate of Columbia University where she received her master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Family, Youth, and Children. She has worked over 10 years providing counseling and coordination of services to children, teens and families. Jasmine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and oversees school based mental health services at CCD. She believes no person has to face challenges on their own and mental health support must be normalized to help those in need achieve success. Jasmine works with clients of all ages providing evidence-based treatment. Jasmine has been trained in Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting (BSP), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).