Progressing Through the Parent-Directed Interaction Sessions

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


Helping families progress from the first PDI coaching session to the end of the treatment program involves the successive mastery of skills. Table 8.1 presents a session-by-session chronology of how PDI unfolds. Most families progress through PDI fluidly, with one week between sessions averaging about 7–8 PDI sessions. Some families progress faster than average while others require additional time. Both child and parental factors contribute to the amount of time needed to progress through the program. For example, extremely defiant children may need more than a week for compliance exercises, while children who are very active and disorganized may require extra work on house rules (i.e., rules for disruptive behavior).


Disruptive Behavior Homework Assignment Therapist Coach Coaching Session Mastery Criterion 
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  1. Eyberg, S. M. (1999). Parent-child interaction therapy: Integrity checklists and session materials. Retrieved April 2, 2008, from

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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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