Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCITT is a form of psychotherapy developed by Sheila Eyberg for children ages 2–7 and their caregivers. Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client or patient; family, couple or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and of no specific kind or degree, but rather depend on the specialty of the practitioner.

Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual's sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialog, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with behavioral problems such as aggression, non-compliance, tantrums, and defiant behavior that emphasizes improvement of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.