Teaching Child-Directed Interaction

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


After the initial PCIT evaluation and feedback have been completed, parents are asked to attend a “teaching” session in which the therapist introduces the family to the basic skills of Child-Directed Interaction play therapy. Because a great deal of information is shared and it is important to have the parents’ undivided attention, we request that parents arrange for child care during this session. Most often, the teaching session lasts approximately 90 min to allow for the many questions that arise in response to the material presented. Before this session begins, we have the parents complete the ECBI. Then, later in the session, we show the parents the changes that have taken place in the ECBI (either positive or negative) since the last session.


Coaching Session Negative Cycle Behavioral Description Play Therapy Negative Attention 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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