Contact

Lori A. Day, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Gallaudet University
TTY/Voice: 202-651-5540
VP: 202-688-0489 

pcit@gallaudet.edu

Interested Families

WHAT IS PCIT?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced based intervention that works with parents (including caregivers) and children together to promote healthy child development and parent-child relationships.

PCIT may “look” different than typical therapy in that during most sessions, parents and children are seen together, and parents receive live coaching from their therapist. There is also a home-practice component where families practice their skills outside of the therapy sessions.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM PCIT?

PCIT is used for children between the ages of 2 and 7 with behavioral concerns, impulsivity, hyperactivity, oppositional behavior, and difficulty following parent’s instructions. PCIT has also been shown to decrease disruptive behaviors, improve language, and increase positive interactions between the parents/caregivers and their child.

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?

The amount of time in PCIT depends on each family because each family is unique. The process will only move forward if the parents, child, and therapist feel that improvements have been noted. Generally, PCIT occurs for 12-18 one-hour weekly sessions.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

The Department of Psychology has a training and research clinic that provides PCIT for families that have one or more deaf members. As part of this program, these services are offered at no charge to families. We do ask families to commit to attending weekly sessions at Gallaudet University. For more information about PCIT and whether or not it is a fit for your family, email or call Dr. Day at the contact information in the blue box on the left side of the screen.

This project has been approved by Gallaudet University’s IRB.

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