Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training for Mental Health Professionals

Next training: Date TBA
Our last training for new PCIT therapists started June, 2020 and was 100% remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Feel free to click link below to discuss personally with Dr. Kurtz the revised, remote training process. This training is sanctioned by PCIT International and will prepare you for official PCIT certification. The trainings have two phases. The first phase will be half-day remote training sessions from 9am-1pm. The second phase are also half-day training sessions conducted approximately 2 months later. Click one of the two survey links below to inquire about training for yourself or a group.

Click here to complete a short pre-call survey if you are inquiring about training for just yourself.

Click here to complete a short pre-call survey if you are inquiring about training more than one person at your site.

Typical PCIT coaching session with a family in the office setting. The therapist is talking to the parent via a wireless earpiece, while viewing the parent-child interaction unobtrusively through the one-way mirror.

Internet PCIT – the parent is being coached remotely by the therapist through standard wireless or wired headphones.

Typical bi-weekly case consultation group helping therapists work towards certification remotely.

Current training partners pictured above. Each of these urban mental health agencies has invested in agency training to create a scalable and sustainable PCIT program.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a research-tested behavioral therapy that consistently improves parent-child relationships, reduces serious child noncompliance, oppositionality, and defiance. Research in many studies shows that the outcomes are impressive – what researchers call “large effect sizes” – and the gains last on average for years!  Dr. Kurtz is Certified by PCIT International as a Master Trainer and provides training both at the NYC flagship offices of Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC as well as onsite at agencies to suit their scheduling needs. The 2020 training will be remote, with 40 hours of live, participatory synchronous learning, accompanied by some asynchronous learning, and includes the required bi-weekly Zoom-based case consultation calls to help with your implementation with fidelity.

The treatment has many interesting and unique characteristics including the fact that the parent and child are coached live – in real time – to shape new interaction patterns.  The motto of Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC is changing interactions one at a time  and no treatment captures this process better than PCIT. In the office, we use a one-way mirror to coach parents with a wireless earpiece – sometimes called a “bug-in-the-ear.” (The one-way mirror is preferred but not required in all PCIT settings.) On the internet, we help families with live coaching via their own tablets, laptops, or phones.

Training involves an initial didactic course as well as case consultation for one year, during which time therapists treat at least two cases to graduation in order to align with the nationally-approved training guidelines. Please check the PCIT International website for minimum training requirements. Please complete the inquiry form at the top of this page to start the process of determining your eligibility for the training and the goodness-of-fit of PCIT with your practice setting.  The all-inclusive fee for the 50+hours of didactics plus the year of case consultation  and required tape reviews is $4900. Payment plans are available to spread out the cost of the training. There is an additional fee of $35 per person for those seeking the 33 APA CEs. Case review is accomplished most easily by our review of sessions either live or recorded by you and uploaded to our HIPAA-compliant secure cloud website.  There are many options for infrastructure and we will work with you to optimize your setup.

For organizations training groups of clinicians, the training can be done either at your site or ours when COVID restrictions change but we are successfully providing online group trainings until further notice. The follow-up case consultation calls are then be done either live, in-person at your site if you are in the Metro NY area, or via our secure web-based video platform. Discounts from the basic $4900 fee (see above) are provided for groups of six or more trainees at $4500 per person. The APA CE fees are additional in all cases.

Instructors: The primary course instructors are PCIT Master Trainer Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP and Level 2 Trainee Kate Gibson, PsyD.  Dr. Carly Mayer will also be participating as an instructor in her role as a Level 1 Trainee.

Intended Audience Participants: This course is intended for therapists licensed for independent practice, or accruing hours towards licensure in some cases, who wish to become certified PCIT therapists according to PCIT International. Current criteria are found on pcit.org website.

Please complete the application form at the top of this webpage for more information or to register. We will email you to schedule a Zoom call  to talk more about the training process, upcoming dates, and goodness-of-fit for your practice.

PCIT International, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCIT International, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  33 Continuing Education credits (CEs) for psychologists are offered for this training.  The CE certificate will be awarded to all participants who complete the 40-hrs. training and have paid for the CE certificate. CE certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the training session. Partial credit can not be offered per APA. There is no commercial support for this CE program. If you’re in need of any additional special assistance or accommodations including those required for a disability, please contact skurtz@kurtzpsychology.com.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Steven Kurtz, PhD at skurtz@kurtzpsychology.com or pcit@kurtzpsychology.com. Deadline for registration is two weeks prior to the event. Refunds in full, minus a $200 administrative fee, are available until two weeks prior to the start of the event. Please make checks payable to Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC and mail to PCIT Training c/o Kurtz 506 Spook Hollow Rd, Nyack NY 10960-1109. Payments can also be made by credit card, Zelle, ACH, or wire transfer.

Learning objectives. Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • State the theoretical foundations of PCIT.
  • Identify and describe the key components of the PCIT model including those for each phase of treatment (Client intake and assessment, Child Directed Interaction (CDI), Parent Directed Interaction (PDI), and client graduation requirements).
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency in standard clinical assessments including:
    • Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI),
    • Dyadic Parent-child Interaction Coding System (DPICS)
  • Demonstrate clinical proficiency in:
    • CDI skill mastery
    • PDI skill mastery
  • Deliver treatment sessions with high fidelity while also attending to the therapeutic relationship and family engagement
  • Deliver treatment both via telehealth and in-person

Instructor biographies: Click here for instructor biographies and CVs.

Training location: 2020 training will start online and may convert to 57 West 57 Street, # 1007, New York City, NY 10019-2802 when social distancing limits are removed.

This schedule reflects the pre-COVID 5-consecutive day, onsite training model. Our 2020-2021 training that starts June 15, 2020 will be the same sequence but divided into half-day online live trainings.

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