Frequently Asked Questions about the PCIT-ED Study

What is PCIT-ED?

PCIT-ED is Parent Child Interaction Therapy – Emotion Development.

PCIT was developed by Sheila Eyberg at the University of Florida and has been used for many years to help parents with children who have some behavioral problems. Dr. Luby and her colleagues have modified this treatment so that it is appropriate for children who have depression symptoms.

There are three phases of therapy:

  1. Child-Directed Interaction – Focuses on building the relationship between parent and child
  2. Parent-Directed Interaction – The discipline portion
  3. Emotional Development – Focuses on helping parent and child handle the child’s strong emotions

Parent and child will meet on a weekly basis for approximately 18 weeks and will work with one of our trained therapists.

How much does treatment cost?

The treatment is offered at no charge.

How is our information used?

Ultimately, the information you provide helps doctors better understand how to best help preschoolers who have symptoms of depression.

Will my child’s data be kept confidential?

Your child’s data will be kept completely confidential. Your child’s name will never be used in any report of this research. We videotape our studies to allow us to keep track of your child’s responses during the assessment and interactions during therapy sessions. These videotapes are kept completely confidential and only identified by a random number. Unless we have your permission, only our research team will view the videotape.

What training or education has staff received?

All of our therapists have a master’s degree or higher. All therapists will be certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and have received training in how to conduct the Emotion Development portion of treatment. Throughout the course of treatment, all therapists are supervised by Dr. Luby.

Is childcare available for siblings if needed?