ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Parent Child Interaction Therapy Training

At Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Inc., we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality PCIT training that is both progressive and inclusive. Thus, we gladly welcome all professionals to attend our Parent Child Interaction Therapy trainings. 

We encourage professionals (e.g., administration, support specialists, home visitors, qualified mental health professionals) who want to learn PCIT skills - but are not legally able to independently conduct PCIT treatment services - to join our trainings.

 

It is important to note, there is a difference between "being trained in PCIT" and "becoming Certified in PCIT." Historically, official Certification in PCIT was limited to mental health clinicians who are licensed for independent practice (or accruing hours towards licensure). However, we understand that the scope of practice for disciplines, governing laws for behavioral health services, and reimbursement policies from third-party payers are constantly changing. 

 

All licensed professionals who are legally and ethically qualified to provide mental health services with families within their state, province, or country are eligible for Certification in PCIT. Below you will find general guidelines for Certification in PCIT. Unfortunately, it is impossible to remain current in all the scopes of practice and legal regulations around the world. If you have additional questions regarding your ability to legally and ethically provide PCIT services (and get reimbursed for treatment), we encourage you to contact your professional governing body within your state, province, or country.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Parent Child Interaction Therapy Training

INDEPENDENTLY LICENSED
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

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  • Qualifying Mental Health Clinicians must have a Master’s or Doctoral Degree in a mental health field (Clinical, Counseling, School, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry) or related mental health discipline and be independently licensed to practice and provide mental health services through their state board, province, or country.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who are licensed to independently practice and provide behavioral health services through their state board, province, or country.

  • Qualifying Medical Doctors must be licensed to practice in their state, province, or country.

  • Qualifying Advanced Practice Registered Nurses must have a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) with a specialization in psychiatric mental health nursing and must be licensed to practice through their state board, province, or country.

Live PCIT training conducted via Zoom

PROVISIONALLY OR PRE-LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

  • Qualifying Pre-Licensed Mental Health Clinicians must have a Master’s Degree (or higher) in the mental health field (Clinical, Counseling, School, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline and must be actively pursuing a full license through their state board (or province/country) while working under an independently licensed supervisor.

  • Some of these license types may include: associate, intern, limited, provisional, temporary, and pre-license. LSW's or LMSWs who are not independently licensed and still under clinical supervision are in this category.

  • In order to verify their eligibility, clinicians must submit a letter from their current supervisor confirming they are: (1) under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician; and (2) actively pursuing a full license through their state board, province, or country.

  • We kindly request that the letter is written and signed on the supervisor’s office letterhead; additionally, the letter must include the supervisor’s license information and number.

  • Please email the letter to us (as a PDF) after registering.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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  • Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in a mental health field (Clinical, Counseling, School, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline.

  • Students are encouraged to complete their core graduate academic coursework and be in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program before participating in PCIT training.

  • Graduate students must be on a licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician.

  • Graduate students who would like to participate in PCIT Training will need to submit certain documentation (graduate transcript, practicum or internship details, and a letter from their supervisor which includes the supervisor’s license information and number) in order to verify their eligibility.

    • In the letter, the supervisor needs to confirm that the student is on the licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician.

    • We kindly request that the letter is written and signed on the supervisor’s office letterhead; additionally, the letter must include the supervisor’s license information and number.

    • Please email the letter to us (as a PDF) after registering.

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ADDITIONAL PCIT TRAINING &
CERTIFICATION COMMENTS

  • PCIT is a mental health intervention that can only be conducted by licensed professionals whose disciplines are licensed to practice and provide mental health services through their state board, province, or country.​​

  • It is the responsibility of the trainee, not Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Inc., to ensure that they are legally and ethically able to provide PCIT services within their state, province, or country.

  • Clinicians who want to provide PCIT services, but are unsure if they are able to conduct PCIT with families (or get reimbursed for PCIT services), should contact their licensing board prior to PCIT training registration.