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Parent Child Interaction Therapy

PCIT is a treatment program for children ages 2-6 with challenging or disruptive behaviors. These behaviors can include:

  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Anxiousness/clinginess
  • Attention seeking
  • Biting
  • Defiance
  • Hyperactivity/inattention
  • Interrupting
  • Not following directions
  • Swearing
  • Talking back
  • Tantrums
  • Whining


Treatment involves teaching parents new strategies to prevent and manage challenging behaviors. Treatment is broken into 2 phases: relationship enhancement and behavior management techniques. The first phase of treatment focuses on building on your relationship with your child, creating more positive interactions and using positive attention to improve behavior. Building on your relationship helps motivate kids to be good listeners, and parents feel good learning ways to improve their children's behavior without needing consequences. The second phase of treatment is parent-directed interaction, which focuses on decreasing inappropriate behaviors through behavior management techniques, such as selective ignoring, effective commands, consistent consequences and time-out.

Parents are given feedback on how they are using the new strategies and coached through challenging behaviors "in the moment." This ensures strategies talked about in therapy work for you and your child.

Families attend 60-minute sessions once a week until their child’s behavior improves and parents master the new skills. On average, this is approximately 12-16 sessions.

Treatment is provided at The University of Kansas Health System in a clinical setting. In-home services are not available at this time.

Why choose us for PCIT

  • Research shows it works. More than 200 research studies have shown that PCIT reduces child behavior problems and decreases parent stress.
  • PCIT is recommended by the CDC and National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Learn more at
  • Our dual-focused behavior therapy clinic provides evidence-based treatment for parents and children and supervised training for providers working toward PCIT certification. This is made possible only within an academic medical center.

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  • Pediatric Allergy Kansas City, Kansas
    1. Medical Pavilion
    • Smith Building, 1008
    • 2000 Olathe Blvd.
    • Kansas City, KS 66160
    • Mon 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Tues 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Wed 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thur 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Sat Closed -
    • Sun Closed -
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