CfC FP ObjectiveSupporting families and parents 
Delivered toChildren aged 15 months to 7 years identified as at risk of maltreatment, or self-identified because of severe behavioural problems, and their parents. 
Delivered byLicensed mental health service providers (e.g. psychologists, family therapists, social workers etc.) with a master's degree or higher in a mental health field. Under some circumstances psychology doctoral students can deliver the program. Check the program website for more information.
Delivery settingCommunity-based 
Program developerKaritane Australia, Parent Child Interaction Therapy Inc 

About the program

PCIT is a cognitive behavioural intervention that aims to decrease behavioural problems, increase positive parent behaviours and improve the quality of the parent-child relationship.

Program structure

PCIT is a mastery-based program that is generally delivered by a qualified psychologist/therapist via weekly 1-hour sessions for approximately 14 weeks. 

The program can be delivered through in-room coaching or by using a one-way mirror and headphones (this may incur additional costs). For more information about the requirements for delivering PCIT contact Karitane Toddler Clinic or visit the PCIT website.

Facilitator training

Practitioners must undergo a:

  • 5-day training course (and gain 40 hours of practical experience)
  • follow-up 2-day training course.

As part of the training, practitioners will also need to complete an online quiz. Both training courses include clinical supervision for 6 months.

For certification, applicants must complete the Certified PCIT Therapist Application Form and an online exam. This will be submitted with evidence of completed training and supervision from a Karitane PCIT Level II trainer. More information can be found at

In Australia, training is offered once a year by Karitane Australia. Contact Karitane for further details about training, or visit the Karitane website.


The cost is $5480 which includes: 

  • 5-day training course
  • 2 follow-up training days 
  • 12 months of fortnightly supervision. 

Evaluation and effectiveness

The program has undergone 3 randomised controlled trials in the United States. The most recent found improvements in child behaviour, parental behaviour and statistically significant improvements made in parent report of child problems, and parental stress. Participants who completed treatment were less likely to be notified to child protection compared to control group. 


Thomas, R., Zimmer-Gembeck, MJ. (2011). Accumulating evidence for parent child interaction therapy in prevention of child maltreatment. Child Development, 82(1), 177-192.


Principal consultant: Sue Morgan, Manager Karitane Toddler Clinic
Phone: (02) 9794 2300
Email: [email protected]