Parent-Child Interaction Therapy - Adaptations (PCIT-A)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy - Adaptations (PCIT-A) is now being offered at the Trauma Center for children ages 2 - 12 years old.

PCIT-A has been adapted from PCIT which is a proven parent training intervention that teaches caregivers (biological parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, etc) specific behavior management techniques as they play with their child. PCIT focuses on improving the caregiver-child relationship and increasing children’s positive behaviors.

PCIT has been found to be a particularly effective treatment, backed by 20 years of research. PCIT is unique to other forms of parent training as caregivers are coached live by the therapist while engaging in specific play therapy and discipline skills with their child. PCIT-A was developed from PCIT out of a need to create adaptations for children who have experienced trauma.

PCIT-A is a short-term, mastery based treatment that typically runs for 16 - 20 weeks, based on the specific needs of the family. The sessions generally run for approximately one hour each week and can include one or two caregivers.


Click here to read an article featured on about the Trauma Center's PCIT-A trained therapists.

For more information about PCIT-A, please contact Rona Sandberg, LICSW at (617) 232-1303 x2023.


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