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PCIT Training:
Frequently Asked Questions

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Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training. This page is designed to be a valuable resource for individuals who want to learn more about the logistics of PCIT training. 

Please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have additional questions about PCIT training, or if you need assistance with registration for an upcoming PCIT Training.

Where can I find a list of upcoming PCIT trainings?

A complete list of upcoming PCIT trainings can be found here. We currently offer 3 Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training options:

  1. Live, Virtual PCIT Training (via Zoom)

  2. Online (Self-Paced) PCIT Training

  3. In-Person PCIT Training

The content across PCIT training formats remains the same, simply select the option from our PCIT Training Calendar that works best for your learning style, availability, and budget.

Upcoming PCIT Trainings

What is the cost to be trained in PCIT?

The cost of PCIT Training varies by the training format. We currently offer 3 Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training options.  The content across training formats remains the same - trainees in each format learn how to use and implement the current, empirically-supported 2011 PCIT Protocol that was developed by Dr. Sheila Eyberg. Trainees select the PCIT training modality that best fits their learning style, availability, and budget:

Cost of PCIT Training

What is included in the cost of PCIT Training?

The PCIT Training Package includes:

  • 5-days of PCIT training - nearly 40 hours of foundational instruction in PCIT​

  • 12 months of consultation calls

  • Review of PCIT client sessions for certification

  • All PCIT training materials, including the ​​empirically-supported PCIT Protocol and PCIT Training Curriculum

  • Access to our PCIT Dropbox which contains a wide variety of resources and handouts

  • Access to the DPICS video library which contains over 50 parent-child videos for additional coding practice

  • 20% Discount with Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR) when you order the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI)

  • When applicable, review of your PCIT Certification Application (no additional fees for application review)

What is included in PCIT Training

Do you offer PCIT Training Discounts?

Absolutely! Organizations save 20% on PCIT Training when you register 4 or more professionals.​ More details on the group discounts for PCIT Training can be found here.

Training Discounts

Do you offer PCIT Training Payment Plans?

Yes! We offer no-hassle, interest free, monthly payment plans for PCIT Training. Simply take the total cost of the PCIT training and divide it by the number of payments you want to make.​ We offer 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month payment plan options - your choice. Click here to learn the 3 Steps to establishing a PCIT Training Payment Plan. 

Payment Plans

Are online PCIT trainings available?

Yes! We currently offer two online PCIT training options. The first option is a Live, PCIT Virtual Trainings are conducted via Zoom with PCIT trainers and other trainees. The second option is an Online (Self-Paced) Training. The Online (Self-Paced) training is a blended learning experience which combines pre-recorded online instructional presentations with regular, one-hour face-to-face instruction with a Certified PCIT Global Trainer. The content is the same for both the Live, Virtual Training and the Online (Self-Paced) formats. Both trainings can be completed in the comfort of your own home or office. Simply select the online PCIT training format that best fits your preferred learning style and availability. 

Online PCIT

Can you host a private PCIT training for my agency or organization?

Of course! Private PCIT trainings are available for organizations who register 6 or more professionals. Private trainings will also receive a 20% Group PCIT Training Discount. Benefits of Private Trainings include: (a) greater flexibility to select optimal training dates for you and your team; (b) trainings can be tailored or customized to better meet the needs and requirements of your organization; (c) discounted training - your team will receive a 20% training discount​; (d) cost effectiveness - the live, PCIT virtual trainings allow organizations to receive the exact same training while avoiding travel costs; and (e) convenience - the live, PCIT virtual trainings can be done from your own office (or even in your homes)​. Click here to learn more about PCIT Private Trainings.

Private Training

Can anyone attend PCIT training?

Yes! 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." Click here to learn more information about PCIT Certification requirements.

PCIT Training Attendance

Can anyone be Certified in PCIT?

Unfortunately no. 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.​​ Only 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. To learn more about PCIT Certification, please visit our PCIT Certification Eligibility Requirements page.

PCIT Certification Eligibility

How do I Become Certified in PCIT?

Certification by PCIT Incorporated indicates that a therapist has met the necessary standards of the organization for PCIT implementation. Click here to learn the 5 Steps to PCIT Certification.

PCIT Certification Criteria
Training Expectations

What should I expect during PCIT Training?

  • Participants will learn (and practice utilizing) the current empirically-supported PCIT protocol that was developed by Dr. Sheila Eyberg. The trainings will help guide participants ​through every PCIT treatment session in the PCIT Protocol (from intake to graduation).

  • Participants will learn how to code parent-child interactions using the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS). Trainees will practice using the DPICS coding system in a variety of formats (e.g., live coding, review quizzes, pre-recorded parent-child videos). 

  • Participants will learn both basic and more advanced PCIT coaching skills for both the CDI and PDI phases of PCIT. Trainees will practice the skills during role plays and mock PCIT treatment sessions.​​

  • Overall, participants should expect to participate in a training that is engaging, informative, and fun!

What should I expect during Consultation Calls?

  • Our PCIT consultation calls go beyond case tracking and consultation. The calls would be best described as continuous PCIT training that supplements the foundational training provided in the Virtual (Live Zoom), Online (Self-Paced), or In-Person trainings.

  • Participants will discuss (and occasionally practice) a wide variety of PCIT topics during consultation calls, including but not limited to, the following:

    • PCIT protocol questions and session review

    • DPICS coding questions

    • Additional DPICS coding practice

    • Case specific consultation

    • CDI and PDI coaching challenges

    • Client challenges (e.g., homework completion)

    • ​Logistical and/or technology concerns​

    • PCIT certification procedures​

  • Participants will receive a customized PCIT consultation training experience that matches their current status with PCIT clients.  That is, we have developed three different consultation calls that will guide trainees from intake to graduation: (1) Identifying & Starting PCIT Cases; (2) CDI Phase ; and (3) PDI Phase.  All three calls are offered at the same day and time each month so trainees can progress through the PCIT model over the 12 month consultation period without rearranging their schedules.

Consultation Calls
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