Area practitioners trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

In August, 10 of our local social workers and two local psychologists received training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

Two specialists from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Robin Gurwitch, PhD, and Erica Pearl, PsyD, conducted this intense week-long training that consisted of lectures, role-play and live coaching. They will also be providing weekly consultation calls for one year.

“We’re very thankful to have had this opportunity,” said Sherry Shamblin, Early Childhood Director for Tri-County Mental Health. “I can already see how this method can fit into the Incredible Years curriculum that we use in area schools.”

In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child, while increasing their child’s pro-social behavior and decreasing negative behavior.

The training, which spanned August 28 - September 2 at the Innovation Center in Athens, was made possible by Project LAUNCH funds and through the efforts of Health Recovery Services and Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling Services.

In December, Drs. Gurwitch and Pearl will host a follow-up session for the initial practitioners. They have also arranged for an additional training component for non-licensed individuals who work with children. Each clinician will be offered 40 CEUs (continuing education units) for attending the training.

“It’s through programming like this that we’re investing in the expertise of our area and improving the services available to our community’s children,” said Dawn Graham, the Young Child Wellness Council Coordinator for Project LAUNCH and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Ohio University.

For more information about the training program, contact:

Dawn Graham

Project LAUNCH

Young Child Wellness Council Coordinator