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Are you struggling with your toddler’s behaviours? If you have a child between 12 to 23 months of age, you may be eligible to take part in a FREE intervention trial, offered as part of a research project from the Parent-Child Research Clinic.



What is PCIT-EI?

The FREE 7-week intervention offered is a version of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), which has been adapted to meet the needs of toddlers with emerging disruptive behaviour. PCIT is a scientifically-supported intervention for reducing problem behaviours in young children. We hope that by offering this intervention in toddlerhood, this will help prevent more significant behavioural difficulties from developing later in life.

How does PCIT-EI work?

Parents will learn play-therapy skills to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship. Each week, parents will also learn evidence-based parenting strategies to better manage child disruptive behaviour for them to implement in-session and at home. 

Parents will receive real-time coaching from trained PCIT therapists using a bug-in-ear device from behind a one-way mirror as they interact with their child. This means that parents get practice and feedback on their new parenting skills before taking the skills home and doing it by themselves.

What Does Participation Involve?

The intervention involves 7-weekly sessions, which run for approximately one hour. The first session is with the parent(s) alone and the remaining six sessions involve the therapist working with both parent(s) and child together. All families will be asked to complete three comprehensive assessments involving questionnaires, laboratory tasks, and an interview at pre-intervention, post-intervention and 6-months follow-up so that we can examine outcomes.


If you’re interested in learning more about this treatment trial, or finding out whether you or your child are eligible, contact us.