ABCT Services

Cheryl McNeil Recorded Webinar: PCIT


1.5 CE credits earned with successful completion of the Post Webinar Quiz

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D.

$30 – members (paid through 2014 and 2015) / $45 - nonmembers

Title:  Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Evidence-Based Treatment for Severe Behavior Problems

Presenter and Affiliation:  Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D., Professor - West Virginia University, Department of Psychology, Morgantown


This webinar provides an overview of Parent‑Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based behavioral treatment for families of young children with severe behavior problems. PCIT is based on Baumrind’s developmental theory, which holds that authoritative parenting – a combination of nurturance, good communication, and firm limits – produces optimal child mental health outcomes.  In PCIT, parents learn authoritative parenting skills through direct therapist coaching of parent‑child interactions, guided by observational data collected in each session. Therapists coach parents  using a Bluetooth-type device from behind a one-way mirror, as the parent interacts with the child. Parents receive immediate feedback on their use of techniques such as differential social attention and consistent consequences as they practice new relationship-enhancement and limit-setting skills. Children learn appropriate play and social skills through daily play therapy sessions with the parent. Children’s defiance, aggression, and tantrums decrease as parents gradually introduce compliance training procedures into the home. Videotape review and slides will be used to teach participants the basic parenting skills, coding procedures, and coaching techniques, as well as to provide an overview of the research supporting the intervention. Applications of PCIT within physically abusive families and other populations will be discussed.

Learning objectives:

Participants will become knowledgeable about theoretical framework and assessment procedures used in PCIT
Participants will become familiar with the child-directed and parent-directed interaction components of PCIT
Participants will gain knowledge about skills for coaching parents as they interact with their child in treatment sessions

Recommended Readings:

** Go to for a list of the PCIT literature, as well as the treatment integrity manual for conducting PCIT.

Eyberg, S.M. (2005). Tailoring and adapting parent-child interaction therapy for new populations. Education and Treatment of Children, 28, 197-201.

Hood, K.K., & Eyberg, S.M. (2003). Outcomes of parent-child interaction therapy: Mothers’ reports on maintenance three to six years after treatment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 32, 419-429.

McNeil, C.B. & Hembree-Kigin, T. (2010). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Second Edition. New York: Springer.

About The Presenter

Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Child program at West Virginia University.  Her clinical and research interests are focused on program development and evaluation, specifically with regard to abusive parenting practices and managing the disruptive behaviors of young children in both the home and school settings.  Dr. McNeil has co-authored several books (e.g., Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Second Edition, Short-Term Play Therapy for Disruptive Children), a continuing education package (Working with Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children), a classroom management program (The Tough Class Discipline Kit), and a Psychotherapy DVD for the American Psychological Association (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy).  She has a line of research studies examining the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Teacher Child Interaction Training across a variety of settings and populations, including over 100 research articles and chapters related to the importance of intervening early with young children displaying disruptive behaviors.  Dr. McNeil is a master trainer for PCIT International and has disseminated PCIT to agencies and therapists in many states and countries, including Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.  


Item No: CMRW
Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

Available for download after purchase