Core Elements and Treatment Goals of PCIT-T

  • Emma I. Girard
  • Nancy M. Wallace
  • Jane R. Kohlhoff
  • Susan S. J. Morgan
  • Cheryl B. McNeil


Reviews required therapeutic interventions consistent with the implementation of the PCIT-T model. This includes integration of emotion regulation skills with the acronym of CARES developed from attachment theory used for both toddlers and caregivers. Strategies of cognitive behavioral theory are also reviewed with the skills taught to caregivers with the acronym PRIDE in addition to other specific skill-based interventions. Specific treatment goals are presented in table form with the corresponding intervention that targets the area/description for desired change.


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Toddler dysregulation Emotion regulation Attachment theory Cognitive behavioral theory Behavioral theory Sensitive parenting PRIDE skills CARES model Toddler treatment goals PCIT coaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma I. Girard
    • 1
  • Nancy M. Wallace
    • 2
  • Jane R. Kohlhoff
    • 3
    • 4
  • Susan S. J. Morgan
    • 4
  • Cheryl B. McNeil
    • 5
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins School of MedicineKennedy Krieger InstituteBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.School of PsychiatryUniversity of New South WalesRandwickAustralia
  4. 4.Karitane Toddler ClinicCarramarAustralia
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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