Our Programs

Parent – Child Interaction Therapy

Promoting effective behavior management and building a positive relationship between parent and child.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a therapeutic behavior-management treatment for children ages 30 months through seven years with emotional and behavioral disorders. PCIT integrates concepts from social learning theory, traditional play therapy and attachment theory. This evidence-based model is used throughout the world and has been shown in numerous research studies to improve the challenging behaviors of young children.

If you or someone you know is the parent of a child who exhibits behaviors similar to those listed below, PCIT can help.

  • Doesn’t listen to adults
  • Has temper tantrums
  • Hits or kicks others
  • Can’t sit still or play alone
  • Has difficulty taking turns


With PCIT, parents and children learn by doing. Coaches help parents recognize the effective parenting strategies they’re already using and support them in developing new skills.  The treatment is divided into two phases over the course of a 12- to 20-week program.


PHASE 1: Child-Directed Interaction. Parents learn to do the following:

  • follow their child’s lead in play
  • refuse to be provoked by challenging behavior
  • use play skills to enhance their relationship with their child

PHASE 2. During Parent-Directed Interaction, parents learn to do the following:

  • give effective directions to their child
  • help their child listen and behave
  • use a calm, predictable and consistent method of discipline


PCIT is a self-referral, fee-for-service program which may be covered by your health insurance. Payment options include: Medical Assistance, CIGNA, AETNA, Highmark BC/BS and self-pay.


For more information about Parent Child Interactive Therapy is and to learn if it is right for your family, please contact Holy Family Institute at 412.766.9020, ext. 1222. PICT is offered at our Edgewood Towne Centre office: 1789 South Braddock Ave., Suite 585, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.