Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: A Dyadic Treatment for Children and Their Caregivers

Presenter: Kristina Konnath, LICSW

Dates: Spring 2011 Training (all dates required):

  • Session 1:
  • February 2, 3, 4, 2011

  • Session 2:
  • March 9, 10, 2011

Times: 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. each date

Location: Greater Boston area; specific location to-be-determined

Cost: $1600; includes 40-hour training, extensive training materials, and 6 months of follow-up consultation. Given the very limited number of available spaces, this fee is nonrefundable.


Helping children and their caregivers establish healthy, productive relationships can be one of the most challenging aspects of our job as clinicians. Traditional parent training, while helpful in imparting knowledge about parenting skills, does not always translate into creating healthier relationships between children and their caregivers. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), originally developed by Dr. Sheila Eyeberg of the University of Florida, is an empirically supported, short-term parent training intervention that focuses on improving the caregiver-child relationship and increasing children’s positive behaviors. It teaches caregivers (biological parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, etc) specific behavior management techniques as they play with their child. 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 has been found to be a particularly effective treatment, backed by more than 20 years of research.

The Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Interaction Therapy training uses adaptations of PCIT that have been developed to meet the specific needs of traumatized children and their caregivers. This training is based on adaptations of PCIT developed by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Dr. Cheryl McNeil of West Virginia University. While PCIT was originally developed for children aged 2 to 7 and their caregivers, this training also addresses using PCIT with children aged 7-12.

The Trauma-Informed PCIT training is now being offered through the Trauma Center’s Training Institute. This 5-day training is divided into two sessions. Attendance at both sessions is required in order to successfully complete the training. Additionally, monthly group consultation for a period of 6-months after the training is required to support your implementation of PCIT with clients.

About the Presenter: Kristina Konnath, MSW, LICSW, is a Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center, where she works with children and families providing a variety of clinical services including individual and family therapy, trauma and sexual abuse evaluations, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy - Adaptations (PCIT-A). Additionally, she co-coordinates the Pathways to Permanency Program, providing specialized services for foster, kinship, and adoptive families. She also trains community-based providers in the implementation of PCIT-A and Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). Ms. Konnath’s previous experience includes working at the National Center on Family Homelessness, where she assisted in developing curricula and presentations, as well as local and national training and consultation on the effects of violence and trauma in the lives of children and families experiencing homelessness. Additionally, Ms. Konnath worked in a residential treatment facility providing individual, group and family therapy with children and their families. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2001 and continued her clinical training by completing the Trauma Certificate Program with the Trauma Center in 2003. 

Note: A very limited number of spaces (4 total) is available for this training. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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