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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES

A Step by Step Overview

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Step 1

Foundational Training 

Certification in PCIT begins with 40 hours of foundational training.  We have 4 different options for completing foundational training:

  1. PCIT Online Training Experience - combines online instructional presentations with weekly, one-hour face-to-face instruction.  Trainees are able to complete an online course (similar to an online course offered by a university) and engage in weekly instruction with other trainees and their designated PCIT Trainer.  This allows trainees to individualize their training experience - "learn when you learn best" - while still participating in a virtual classroom where they can learn from other trainees and receive ongoing guidance by a PCIT expert.

  2. PCIT Virtual Trainings - Training occurs in real time using a web-based conferencing platform (e.g., Zoom). The training functions like a live, virtual classroom and all trainees engage in learning at the same time. The live trainings will be conducted by a PCIT expert.

  3. PCIT On-Site Trainings - Live, face-to-face on-site trainings that are open to licensed mental health professionals (or clinicians accruing hours towards licensure).  These trainings are conducted at one of our training sites.  The face-to-face trainings will be conducted by a PCIT expert.

  4. PCIT Agency Trainings - If you have 5 or more clinicians interested in receiving PCIT Training at your facility, we can coordinate a live, private, face-to-face training hosted by your agency. These live trainings will be conducted by a PCIT expert.

Step 2

Web-Based (Zoom) Consultation Calls

 The second step in the PCIT Certification process is to participate in web-based consultation calls with a PCIT trainer.  These calls provide additional training time with a PCIT expert as you complete your first two PCIT cases.

These web-based meetings are designed to provide ongoing training, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in the identification of PCIT cases

  • Review treatment procedures for each session

  • Problem-solve common (as well as unique) challenges

  • Discuss observational coding questions

The web-based calls occur at regularly scheduled times (approximately 2-3 times per month) for a period of one year.  At the end of one year, most PCIT Trainees will have completed two PCIT cases.  However, additional web-based training is available to trainees who have not completed their first two PCIT cases. 

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Step 3

Video Review

The third step in the PCIT Certification process is to have actual therapy sessions observed by a PCIT Trainer.  Observations may be conducted in real-time (e.g., live sessions, telehealth) or through video or audio recording.

The video review is designed to:

  • Assess treatment fidelity

  • Review and discuss coaching goals/procedures

  • Problem-solve challenges

  • Provide individualized training and guidance

As part of the PCIT Training Package, trainees will receive feedback of up to six video-recorded sessions (four videos are required for PCIT Certification).  Trainees will receive written and/or verbal feedback from the PCIT Trainer.  Your PCIT Trainer will also describe more details, including specific procedures for securely submitting your videos.

Step 4

Complete Two PCIT Cases

 The fourth step in the PCIT Certification process is to complete two PCIT cases.

The foundational training, web-based consultations, and video review are designed to help trainees through each treatment session, including:

  • Identification of PCIT Case & Intake Session

  • Observation Session ("DPICS Session")

  • Child-Directed Interaction Teach & Coaching Sessions

  • Parent-Directed Interaction Teach & Coaching Sessions

  • Sibling Session (if needed)

  • Graduation Session

At the end of one year, most PCIT Trainees will have completed two PCIT cases.  However, additional web-based training is available to trainees who have not completed their first two PCIT cases. 

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Step 5

Submit Your PCIT Certified Practitioner Application

 The final step in the PCIT Certification process is to submit your PCIT Certified Practitioner Application.

The application is easy to complete, and includes the following information:

  • Basic Demographic Information

  • Foundational Training Information (e.g., Dates of Training)

  • Web-Based Consultation Call Attendance

  • Verification of Video Reviews

  • Verification of Professional Credentials

Once approved, you will be officially certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and can begin using the term "PCIT Certified Practitioner" on business and marketing materials. 

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Your PCIT Training price includes:

  • Over 40 hours of foundational training

  • Web-based consultation calls

  •  Video review

  • Certification application review

  • All training materials