Title

Parent-child interaction therapy: A manualized intervention for the therapeutic child welfare sector

Date of this Version

8-1-2013

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only

Thomas, R. & Herschell, A.D. (2013). Parent-child interaction therapy: A manualized intervention for the therapeutic child welfare sector. Child Abuse & Neglect, 37(8), 578-584

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© Copyright Elsevier, 2013

2013 HERDC Submission. FoR code: 111708;170102;111714

ISSN

1873-7757

Abstract

Children who have experienced maltreatment can often display behavioral difficulties; their parents may lack disciplinary knowledge, be less sensitive to their children, and engage in coercive parenting practices. Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is a well-known, evidence-based treatment (EBT) for child behavior problems and within the last decade has garnered significant evidence to suggest its utility for parents engaged in child maltreatment. This article uses a case example to describe PCIT treatment phases and PCIT research within the child maltreatment sector is synthesized with particular focus on treatment modifications. Successful augmentations and modifications include a motivation component, keeping therapeutic time shorter rather than longer, and whether to incorporate individual counseling and in-home PCIT are also considered. Practical strategies from both a therapeutic and research experience are discussed

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