Treatment during PCIT-ED Study

EEDP-treatment-roomParent Child Interaction Therapy – Emotion Development (PCIT-ED) is a three-phase treatment developed by Sheila Eyberg at the University of Florida that has been used for many years to help parents with children who have certain behavioral problems.

Washington University child psychiatrist Dr. Joan Luby and her colleagues have modified this treatment so that it is appropriate for children who have depression symptoms.

Treatment study groups

All participants in the PCIT-ED study will receive treatment. Research participants have a 50-50 chance of enrollment into one of two groups:

  • Group 1: Immediate PCIT-ED therapy
  • Group 2: PCIT-ED therapy after an 18-week wait

Treatment phases

There are three phases of therapy: child directed interaction, parent direction interaction and emotional development.

Parent-child therapy occurs on a weekly basis over the course of 18 weeks. Most sessions will last approximately 1 hour, and a few will last 1.5-2 hours. One of our trained therapists will be there to guide you.

Phase 1: Child Directed Interaction

Parent and child will work with one of our therapists to improve the parent-child relationship. Parents will play with their child in a way that improves:

  • Positive communications
  • Self-esteem
  • Parent and child cooperation

Phase 2: Parent Directed Interaction

Parents will learn to practice safe and effective disciplinary techniques, such as:

  • Giving clear, effective commands
  • Using consistent methods for handling misbehavior

Phase 3: Emotional Development

Parent and child will learn strategies to identify and manage many emotions. Sessions are devoted to teaching and practicing:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Ways to manage a variety of emotions including: Happiness, sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, etc.
  • Parenting stressors