Exclusive to PPS

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy


What is PCIT?
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a parent-child treatment program for parents who have children with disruptive and/or difficult and challenging behaviors. This is an evidenced based and specialised attachment/behavioural based treatment program that is offered nowhere else in Western Australia.

Who is appropriate for PCIT?
PCIT is most appropriate for children between the ages of 2 years – 7 years old who are exhibiting challenging or disruptive behaviors such as:

  • Noncompliance (doesn’t listen)
  • Tantrums
  • Verbal and/or Physical Aggression
  • Negative parent/child interaction
  • Whining/talking back/swearing
  • Hyperactive/ overactive
  • Interruptive/disruptive
  • Inattentive/off task

How does PCIT work?
PCIT is an exceptionally effective treatment proven by 30 years of research. The primary method of parent training in PCIT is through live coaching and direct parent feedback. This technique includes caregivers being coached in specific play therapy and discipline skills by the PCIT lead clinician through an earpiece while the clinician observes the caregiver and child interacting.

Dr Elizabeth Schmidt
Perth Psychological Services is excited to introduce Dr Elizabeth Schmidt to our team.  Dr Liz has received highly specialised training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).


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