PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children (ages 2 to 7) with disruptive behavior, such as noncompliance, aggression, tantrums and oppositional behavior. In PCIT, parents are taught specialized skills to help better manage challenging behavior while also improving the parent-child relationship. PCIT has been shown to increase children’s prosocial behavior and reduce parental stress.
The University at Buffalo offers PCIT services for families, as well as training in PCIT for community-based therapists.
PCIT is a short-term program that works with the child and caregiver together, to improve overall behavior, strengthen relationships, and decrease parenting stress. Through active skills training and supportive coaching, caregivers will learn a specialized set of skills to support children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. For additional information, please view the PCIT Brochure or contact us. You may also access videos and other resources to learn more about the PCIT model.
PCIT training is available for community providers in the Western New York region. This intensive, year-long training includes the following:
Training is offered by Sarah Taber-Thomas, PhD, PCIT International Certified Regional (Level II) Trainer, and is structured to align with the nationally-approved training guidelines of PCIT International.
Currently, Prof. Taber-Thomas offers PCIT training annually, usually in the summer. For more information on upcoming trainings, or if you are interested in learning more about PCIT, please contact the Psychological Services Center or Prof. Taber-Thomas directly at (716) 645-6888.
Q. Who can be trained in PCIT?
A. To be eligible for PCIT training, individuals must meet the following requirements:
Q. What materials and equipment do I need to provide PCIT?
A. The basic set-up for PCIT rooms includes a play room and adjacent observation room, with a one-way mirror for viewing into the play room. For more information on how to set up your space, please refer to the PCIT International Guidelines.
Q. How much does training cost?
A. The all-inclusive fee for training, consultation and video-review is $3,500. Additional fees for those seeking continuing education credits may apply. Discounts are available for organizations seeking training for larger groups; please contact Prof. Taber-Thomas for details.
Psychological Services Center
Department of Psychology
University at Buffalo
168 Park Hall (North Campus)
(716) 645-6186 (fax)