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.
• Decreased tantrums in children
• 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, MSW, JSOCC
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.
MS, MSW, JSOCC
Sandra Lopez-Villicana, MSW
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.
Currently, Sandra is working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.