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Within Agency Training for PCIT Trainers

Next training: May 3, 2023
Our Within Agency Trainer training cohort will be 100% remote. This training is sanctioned by PCIT International and will prepare you for official PCIT Within Agency Trainer certification. The training has two phases. The first phase is one full-day remote training sessions from 8:30am-5:30pm. The second phase consists of 12 monthly video consult calls with your trainer in your small cohort.

Your WAT Trainer: Dr. Steven Kurtz (Global Trainer)

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.

If you are like me, you love doing PCIT so much you are just dying to spread the word and teach others how to do this incredibly potent therapy. Becoming a Within Agency (i.e., what we used to call Level 1) Trainer allows to you teach others within your program how to deliver PCIT with fidelity and to help your group or agency to build a sustainable and scalable PCIT program. Within Agency training starts with an 8 hour didactic course followed by one year of monthly consultation calls until you assist one therapist to meet their core competencies and to graduate one PCIT case. This training enriches your own understanding and practice of PCIT in the process. Our training model takes into account adult learning styles, to maximize the goodness of fit with your consultees. We provide you with our approved Power Point slides to conduct your own required didactic training with your consultee, so no need to re-invent that wheel!

As a Within Agency trainer, also known as an In-House Trainer, you are allowed to train someone else using either a live, equal co-therapy model, or a live, contemporaneous consultation model, where you are observing and coaching that therapist in real time, either remotely, or in-person, as your clinic situation and COVID restrictions might allow. We will train you to do the work for both remote and in-person situations. The goal is to train you to train at least one individual therapist to the point that they graduate one family from PCIT. You can then independently continue to train new PCIT therapists in your work setting. Please click on the link below either to register for the training or to set a time to speak with me personally about the training process. The course fee of $1800 includes the two half-day didactics, one year of monthly consultation calls, live or video review of selected sessions with you and your consultee(s), and free access to our basic training PowerPoint slides and all course materials, e.g., COACH Code manual.

This training is consistent with the official guidelines of PCIT International.

When: May 3, 2023, 8:30am-5:30pm Eastern US. The 12 monthly consultation calls will be held every second Wednesday of the month beginning from 6/14/23 to 5/8/24 10-11am

Where: Fully online via our secure Zoom account

Who: Certified therapists who have graduated at least 2 cases are eligible to start the Level 1 process, but need to have graduated 4 cases to finish the process along with the other competency milestones.

Instructor: The course instructor is PCIT Global Trainer Steven Kurtz, PhD, ABPP

Intended Audience Participants: This course is intended for therapists already certified by PCIT International who wish to become certified Within Agency trainers.

Instructional Levels: Advanced

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.  We provide 7.5 Continuing Education credits (CEs) for psychologists for this training.  The CE certificate will be awarded to all participants who complete the 7.5 hours of training and have paid for the CE certificate. CE certificates will be emailed within 90 days of the training sessions. 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 Refunds of 80% are available until two weeks prior to the start of the event. Please make checks payable to Kurtz Psychology Consulting, P.C. 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 to, or ACH and wire transfer (ask for details on these latter two options). In the unlikely event that the cohort does not have enough participants, we will cancel with full refund no later than 30 days in advance of the first session.

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

  • State the PCIT International criteria to become both a Certified Therapist and a Level 1 Trainer
  • State the required number of hours and sequence of live, contemporaneous co-therapy or supervision with therapists in training
  • Use the COACH Code system to reliably evaluate therapist skills
  • Reliably assess therapist competencies in coding and coaching
  • Effectively teach the didactic portion of the basic PCIT therapist training
  • Provide accurate, sensitive and effective corrective feedback to training therapists
  • Deliver case consultation and training both via telehealth and in-person to training therapists

Instructor biographies: Click here for instructor biographies and CVs.

Disclosures: There are no commercial supports for this training that could be construed as a conflict of interest.

Training location: online

Within Agency Training for PCIT Therapists to Become Trainers | Kurtz Psychology