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Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Innovations and Applications for Research and Practice

  • Larissa N. Niec

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

  3. Adaptations for New Target Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Georgette E. Fleming, Eva R. Kimonis
      Pages 19-34
    3. Allison Cotter, Carisa Wilsie, Elizabeth Brestan-Knight
      Pages 45-70
    4. Christina M. Danko, Kelly A. O’Brien, Kenneth H. Rubin, Andrea Chronis-Tuscano
      Pages 85-98
    5. Dainelys Garcia, Loreen Magariño, Daniel M. Bagner
      Pages 99-111
    6. Allison Cotter, Mitchell Todd, Elizabeth Brestan-Knight
      Pages 113-128
    7. Jonathan S. Comer, Cristina del Busto, Anthony S. Dick, Jami M. Furr, Anthony C. Puliafico
      Pages 129-147
  4. Innovations in Format and Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Miya L. Barnett, Larissa N. Niec
      Pages 151-160
    3. Joshua J. Masse, Lauren Borduin Quetsch, Cheryl B. McNeil
      Pages 161-181
    4. Jane Kohlhoff, Susan Morgan
      Pages 183-199
    5. Irene Brodd, Ciera E. Schoonover, Larissa N. Niec
      Pages 201-213
    6. Karen S. Budd
      Pages 215-231
  5. Adaptations for Diverse Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233

About this book


This handbook examines advances in the evidence-based behavioral family intervention, parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). It surveys innovative adaptations tailored to specific diagnostic concerns, client populations, treatment settings, and delivery formats. Chapters provide rationales for adaptation, reviews of relevant research, and discussions of advantages and challenges. Case studies illustrate the implementation of the adaptations and help to make new techniques concrete. The handbook offers practical descriptions of the adaptations to PCIT, comprehensively reviews treatment outcome literature, and integrates cutting-edge implementation science into an exploration of the current dissemination strategies in PCIT. The handbook concludes with a consideration of the questions that remain to be addressed to extend the reach of PCIT among traditionally underserved families and to continue to advance the science and practice of children’s mental health interventions.

Featured topics include:

  • PCIT for children with callous-unemotional traits.
  • PCIT for families with a history of child maltreatment.
  • Group PCIT.
  • PCIT for military families.
  • The PCIT CALM program for treating anxiety in young children.
  • PCIT for American Indian families.
  • Transporting and disseminating PCIT internationally.
  • Using technology to expand the reach of PCIT.

The Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a must-have resource for researchers, professors, instructors, clinicians, and graduate students in child and school psychology, child psychiatry, and social work as well as such related disciplines as developmental, clinical, counseling, and community psychology, family studies, and mental health services and agencies.


ADHD and parent-child interaction therapy Anxiety disorders and PCIT Autism spectrum disorder and PCIT Child maltreatment and PCIT Depression and parent-child interaction therapy Emotional development and PCIT Intellectual disabilities and PCIT Military families and PCIT Parent-child interaction therapy and families PCIT and adaptive and disruptive behaviors PCIT and callous and unemotional traits PCIT and children under two years PCIT and cultural adaptations PCIT and group settings PCIT and transdiagnostic intervention PCIT in the home Selective mutism and PCIT Selective prevention and PCIT Teacher-child interaction therapy Therapist competence and PCIT

Editors and affiliations

  • Larissa N. Niec
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Children, Families, and Communities, Department of PsychologyCentral Michigan UniversityMount PleasantUSA

About the editors

Larissa N. Niec, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Children, Families, and Communities and Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University. Dr. Niec publishes extensively on PCIT, with a focus on developing and evaluating adaptations to PCIT that have the potential to reduce mental health disparities among underserved populations. She has trained doctoral students and community clinicians in PCIT for more than 20 years and is one of 20 Master Trainers in the world who have been certified by PCIT International to disseminate PCIT nationally and internationally. Dr. Niec has trained PCIT therapists throughout the Midwestern United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.

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