PCIT Training and Referrals
The BCDD PCIT Clinic serves children functioning between the ages of 2-6 years and their families. PCIT services have been found most effective in treating children with disruptive behavior problems (ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder), but may also benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, anxiety, or mood problems.
The preferred method of referral is to have the family personally contact the PCIT Clinic at 901-448-6536. If a family is interested in PCIT services, it is highly recommended that they contact the PCIT Clinic as soon as possible, for there is typically a waiting list for services.
PCIT Training Opportunities
PCIT International Training Guidelines
Standards for professional training in PCIT are determined by PCIT International. Individuals seeking training in the PCIT model must have their Masters degree or higher in the mental health field, be licensed (or supervised by a licensed individual), and must actively work with children and families. Initially, beginning trainees must complete a m inimum 40 hours of direct training with a PCIT trainer, which includes an overview of the theoretical foundations of PCIT, coding practice, case observations, and guided coaching with families, with a focus on mastery of CDI and PDI coaching skills. After the initial training, trainees must treat a minimum of two PCIT cases to completion as a primary therapist or co-therapist with supervision/consultation with a PCIT trainer. This is estimated to take 6-12 months. Fidelity of the PCIT model is assessed throughout the supervision and consultation period.
In terms of appropriate set-up, the trainee’s agency must provide appropriate space and equipment for conducting PCIT. Appropriate space includes a stripped therapy room, a separate observation room with either two-way mirror or video monitoring, and a communication system that allows the therapist to speak in real time to the parent during parent-child interaction. The trainee’s agency must serve a population of clients within the age range for PCIT services, and must allow time for trainees to participate in ongoing training and consultation.
Training at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
At the BCDD, psychology trainees (practicum students, predoctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows) gain experience working in co-therapy teams while learning the basic tenets of PCIT. Trainees complete didactic training regarding the PCIT International empirically supported treatment protocol and the structured behavioral coding system for parent-child interactions. Throughout the clinical services phase, trainees receive live supervision and group supervision. The BCDD PCIT Training Clinic is a 2-hour evening clinic held weekly that requires at a minimum a first and second rotation commitment from interns. This includes didactic and experiential trainings on the PCIT protocol, as well as direct clinical service provision, which takes approximately 16-20 weeks to complete. Approximately 6-10 individuals are trained in PCIT techniques each year.
Training at the Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody
The Center of Excellence (COE) for Children in State Custody provides PCIT training to community mental health providers. The training includes three phases that encompass didactic learning sessions, live and group supervision of an initial case, and ongoing supervision/consultation for two additional cases. Because this dissemination training model assists community agencies in establishing a sustainable PCIT program, several agency personnel are expected to participate in the training (i.e., administrator, senior-licensed co-therapist, and junior co-therapist). Thus, through collaborative efforts, the COE assists community agencies in developing an organizational climate that supports evidence-based practices. Approximately one to two community agencies receive training in PCIT each year.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Kristin Hoffman, Ph.D.
Director, PCIT Clinic
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38105