Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 10, 2010 - Social Science - 484 pages
Over the past two decades, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) emerged as a leading-edge method for helping parents improve their children's disruptive and oppositional behavior. Today, PCIT has a robust evidence base; is used across the country in settings as diverse as hospitals, mental health centers, schools, and mobile clinics; and is rapidly gaining popularity in other parts of the world. In keeping with this increasing recognition of PCIT's effectiveness, the authors of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy present this expanded clinical edition to keep readers up to date on new practice developments, current treatment protocols, and the latest research findings.
This update retains the fundamentals as detailed by PCIT's founder, Dr. Sheila Eyberg, including an overview of the therapy, detailed description of the course of treatment, and handout materials. The text goes further to explore the evolution of PCIT outside the original target ages of three-to-six (including preventive PCIT for very young children at risk) and examines the use of PCIT with special child populations, such as abuse victims and those with ADHD. Contributing experts discuss uses of the therapy in school, at home, with minorities, and with highly stressed families. But regardless of the population, setting, or topic covered, interventions remain faithful to basic PCIT principles and methods.
New features of the expanded second edition include:
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Any parenting procedure that depends on forcing a child as young as 2 into a locked time out room for failing to keep 51% of his body mass in a chair is in my opinion inappropriate. In my opinion as a psychologist, special educator and parent, children should not be restrained for noncompliance, only when it is necessary to keep him/her and others safe--such as during an outburst of physical aggression. If a parenting technique can not be used on any child that can not be physically forced into a room or chair (PCIT is not recommended for a child too big to be forced into a locked time out room, thus children ages 2-7), thats a sign that it depends upon physical coercion. There are other effective behavior therapy techniques for managing severe misbehavior that do not depend on physical coercion to work but emphasize positive reinforcement and skills training (e.g. Parent Management Training). Though I do not doubt that the proponents of this technique sincerely intend to do right by children,I can not support this practice. I would advise parents to get The Kazdin Method by Alan Kazdin or The Explosive Child by Ross Greene