Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

We at Family Resource Center know that parenting can be difficult – especially when kids have challenging behaviors.  Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a kind of therapy that offers help and support to parents as they learn new strategies for dealing with those challenging behaviors.

shutterstock_101601193 (1)PCIT is an evidence-based practice for young children ages 2-7. It was developed by Dr. Sheila Eyberg and is designed to help improve the quality of parent-child interactions while also helping parents learn and utilize effective discipline techniques.

PCIT is divided into two parts, relationship development (child-directed interaction) and discipline training (parent-directed interaction). Parents will be coached by their therapist as they learn a variety of new skills.

The child-directed interaction (CDI) stage of treatment aims to develop the loving and nurturing bond between the parent and child through a form of play therapy. The parent-directed interaction (PDI) stage of treatment aims to teach the parent more effective forms of discipline utilizing play and behavioral therapy.

If you are interested in learning more about our PCIT services, please contact our Intake Worker at 314.534.9350.

For additional information from the developers of PCIT, please go to:


Download PCIT Brochure {pdf}