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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.

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-Pending (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

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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