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Parent Child Interaction Therapy for Toddlers (PCIT-T)

The primary focus for Parent Child Interaction Therapy for Toddlers (PCIT-T) is an early intervention program that involves coaching parents while they interact with their 12 to 24-month-old children. The method in which services are provided are the same as standard

Target population: 12 to 24 months

Who would benefit from services: Parents who are concerned about their children's behavior, including:

  • Tantrums

  • Aggression (e.g., hitting, biting, pinching)

  • Fussiness (e.g., screaming, whining, crying)

  • Anger, frustration, head-banging

  • Attachment difficulties (e.g., rejection of parent, difficult to comfort)

  • Separation anxiety or withdrawal from parent

  • Developmental concerns (e.g., autistic behaviors, language problems)

  • Child abuse and neglect

  • Parental stress (e.g., anxiety, dissatisfaction, difficulty coping, lack of confidence)

  • Qualifying criteria and payment/insurance: Child must have Medi-Cal, all services are billed through Medi-Cal

    Who provides the services: Licensed therapists and associate therapists registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences


    The basic set-up for PCIT rooms will include a one-way mirror, side by side rooms (therapy room and observation room), an adult sized table with two chairs to accommodate a caregiver and child, an adult sized sturdy time out chair and choices of appropriate toys.
    A sound system (microphone and amplifier) is necessary to hear the interaction between caregiver and child while the therapist stands on the other side of the one-way mirror in the observation room and coaches the caregiver through a microphone and earpiece device.

    For more information on this program email:

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