Teacher–Child Interaction Therapy for Preschool Classrooms

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Research has demonstrated that behavioral improvements in children following completion of PCIT have extended to the classroom setting (McNeil, Eyberg, Eisenstadt, Newcomb, & Funderburk, 1991). And, recent studies have been investigating whether training teachers directly in the use of PCIT skills results in even greater gains at school.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheryl Bodiford McNeil
    • 1
  • Toni L. Hembree-Kigin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Early Childhood Mental Health ServicesMesaUSA

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