Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) & Child Welfare

Children who have experienced maltreatment and are involved in the child welfare system often exhibit behavioral difficulties, and their parents often struggle to provide effective discipline, may unintentionally engage in coercive parenting practices, or may appear to lack sensitivity towards their children due to their own history of trauma.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) has been referred to by experts as the “gold standard” treatment for children with disruptive behaviors, and it is a well-known, well-researched evidence-based treatment for children with behavioral difficulties, and has gained significant evidence particularly in the last ten years that suggests its efficacious for parents who have engaged in child maltreatment.

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being was proud to host the webinar “Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) & Child Welfare” with Dr. Emma Girard, PCIT Master Trainer, and Kate Bennett, Children’s Wisconsin Well-Being Lead Clinician.

In this webinar, Leah Cerwin discussed the following with Dr. Girard and Kate:

  • Why it is so important to offer and administer PCIT within the child welfare system;
  • How PCIT has been adapted and provided to meet the needs of these clients with complex lives, including challenges and potential solutions;
  • The positive outcomes that have been seen providing this service to these families;
  • All within the context of the Milwaukee area families.

View the recorded webinar here.

Related Resources

From the ICFW:

PCIT Training

PCIT Video

Webinar PowerPoint Presentation 

Report: Family First Prevention Services Act

Issue Brief: Integrating PCIT into Child Welfare Services

Journal Article: Translating and Implementing Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Child Welfare

From Dr. Emma Girard:

PCIT PRIDE Skills (English)

PCIT PRIDE Skills (Spanish)

Issue Brief: Parent Child Interaction Therapy with At-Risk Families – Child Welfare Information Gateway

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