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cryingNeed help managing your child’s behaviour?

Does your child show disruptive behaviours including?:

  • Temper tantrums
  • Disobedience
  • Anger & irritability
  • Aggression like hitting or biting
  • Little remorse or empathy
  • Poor motivation in structured activities, or
  • Punishment doesn’t seem to work

When a child displays these problems on most days for six months or more, this can put tremendous strain on families and relationships, and professional intervention may be needed. Disruptive behaviours become harder to change the older a child gets so seeking help early is important.

The UNSW Parent-Child Research Clinic accepts referrals for 2-7 years old children with severe disruptive behaviours. We specialise in working with children who show limited prosocial emotions relative to other children their age. Prosocial emotions refers to the experience of empathy or remorse, motivation to do well, and sensitivity to punishment.

In addition to our standard in-clinic treatment, we are currently offering Internet-delivered treatment in which interested and eligible families securely meet “face-to-face” with an experienced therapist over the Internet.

You may be eligible to participate in a University of New South Wales clinical research trial to provide skills to better manage your child’s problem behaviours. Families will receive standard or enhanced Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) – found to be an effective approach for reducing problem behaviours in  2 to 7 years old children.

The Parent-Child Research Clinic at UNSW is currently offering free treatment to families who qualify to participate in our research trials.

Call or email us today to see if you are eligible:
Phone: (02) 9385 0376 

Email: preschoolparenting@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I find out if I’m eligible?

After you call or email us, our helpful intake staff will complete a brief screening interview with you over the phone. We will ask questions about your child’s behaviour in order to find out whether you are eligible for a treatment trial. You will receive a call soon after letting you know whether you are eligible. Eligibility depends on a variety of factors including your child’s age, and the severity of his or her behaviours relative to other children his or her age.

Where is the clinic located?

The clinic is located on the 8th floor of the Mathews Building on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales. The campus map reference is F23.

If you will be travelling by car, turn into the University via Gate 11 off Botany Street. A pay parking station is located on the left. Please note that parking at the university of very limited and requires coin or credit card payment.

If you will be travelling by bus, enter the University off High Street (Gate 9) and follow the Chancellery walk down to the Mathews Building on the right. The plaza and lifts are located at the top of the steps on the Northeast corner of the building, past the Food Court/Arcade.

High Street Buses: M50, 400, 370, 891/ Anzac Parade Buses: 391, 392, X92, 393, 394, X94, L94, 395, 396, X96, 397, X97, 399, X99/ Randwick Buses: 371, 372, X72, 373, 376, 377, X77

Plan your trip on public transport here.

How long does treatment take?

The length of treatment is different for each family, and ranges from between 12 and 20 sessions depending on a variety of factors. Sessions run weekly for approximately one hour each. Most sessions involve therapists working with both parent(s) and child together with the exception of a few didactic sessions with parent(s) alone.

Are there any fees for families?

The Parent-Child Research Clinic at UNSW is currently offering free treatment to families who qualify to participate in our research trials.

How is the clinic funded?

The clinic is currently funded by a grant from The University of New South Wales.

If you have further questions about the treatment program please contact us.