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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy With At-Risk Families
Describes the characteristics and benefits of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), a family-centered treatment approach proven effective for abused and at-risk children ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers—birth parents, adoptive parents, or foster or kin caregivers. It was written primarily to help child welfare caseworkers and other professionals who work with at-risk families make more informed decisions about when to refer parents and caregivers, along with their children, to PCIT programs. This information may also help parents, foster parents, and other caregivers understand what they and their children can gain from PCIT and what to expect during treatment.
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Acknowledgment(s): The original (2007) and current versions of this issue brief were developed by Child Welfare Information Gateway, in partnership with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children?s Hospital San Diego. Contributing Chadwick authors include Daniel M. Bagner, Ph.D., ABPP, Charles Wilson, MSSW, and Blake Zimmet, LCSW. The conclusions discussed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not represent the official views or policies of the funding agency. The Children?s Bureau does not endorse any specific treatment or therapy.
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Parent-child interaction therapy with at-risk families. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children?s Bureau.
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