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

Next Therapist Training – July 5-8 & 11, 2022
9am - 3pm Eastern US
Hybrid: Participate In-Person or Remote

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 Global 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 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. 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.)

Training involves an initial 5-day didactic course for the first phase of the treatment, a second didactic portion for 2-days held approximately 2-months after the initial didactic, 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 below to start the process of determining your eligibility for the training. Please use registration form below to inquire about 2019 PCIT training dates The all-inclusive fee for the 40-hours of didactics plus the year of case consultation is $4900. There is an additional fee of $45 per person for those seeking APA CEs. Case review is accomplished most easily by our review of sessions either live or recorded to our HIPAA-compliant secure cloud website using a very low cost webcam.  There are many options for setting up your infrastructure and we will work with you to optimize your space for good PCIT fidelity.

For organizations training groups of clinicians, the training can be done either at your site or ours. The follow-up case consultation can 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.

Instructors: The course instructors are PCIT Global Trainer Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP and WAT Trainee Zohra Chahal. Dr. Kurtz also provides Level 1 training for those who are already certified as PCIT Therapists.

Please complete the application form below for more information or to register. We will email you to schedule a telephone call  to talk more about the training process and upcoming dates.

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. 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

If you have any additional questions, please contact Steven Kurtz, PhD at or Deadline for registration is one week 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; Kurtz Psychology Consulting PC; 57 W 57 # 1007; New York, NY 10019-2802.

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

  • Discuss 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 your clinical proficiency using:
    • CDI skills
    • PDI skills
  • Deliver treatment sessions with high fidelity while also attending to the therapeutic relationship and family engagement

Instructor biographies: Click here for instructor biographies and CVs.

Training location: 57 West 57 Street, # 1007, New York City, NY 10019-2802

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