Introduction to Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and it’s Compatibility with Expressive Therapies

Claudia Camargo

Workshop Description

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), particularly when combined with expressive arts, engenders a uniquely organic process that can catalyze the development of healthy attachment. While PCIT alone has shown efficacy around relationship enhancement, expressive therapies
introduce a neurologically-based mind-body connection in a dyadic relationship that can facilitate a dual-healing process in a ruptured parent-child attachment. Outcomes may include increased self-esteem, improvement in self-regulation, longer attention span, and an
introduction or improvement in prosocial behaviors. In this course we will spend time laying a foundation of PCIT where we will conceptualize what relationship enhancement looks like including skills to use, avoid and limit setting in the context of play. You will walk away with skills that are utilized in PCIT, including relationship enhancement verbalizations (Do’s and Don’t’s), interventions combining PCIT and expressive therapies as well as recommendations around in-home practices. No previous training in PCIT, dyadic models, or expressive arts
therapies is required.


The specific objective of this course are for participants to gain and demonstrate the following content areas

  1. Name the two founding theories of Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  2. State three diagnosis that could benefit from PCIT modality
  3. Identify the five child centered skills that are utilized in PCIT
  4. List three of the Don’t skills in PCIT
  5. Name four ways to combine expressive therapies with the PCIT model

General Course Information

This course is limited to 15 participants and is designed to facilitate experiential work, group discussion, and review the present literature and practice regarding technology and play therapy.  Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss their specific needs and clinical questions. Participant feedback and participation will be sought out throughout the day.

Clinical case discussions will adhere to HIPPA regulations regarding client confidentiality.

Target audience:  All Mental Health Professionals working with children and families

The program is Beginning Level, Intermediate Level, Advanced Level.

This event is co-sponsored by Starbright Training Institute and the Institute for Continuing Education.  Starbright Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (APT Provider No. 96-029).  

Additional CE units, not specific to play therapy, will be provided through the Commonwealth Educational Seminars (  There is an additional $30 fee for social work, counseling, MFT, and psychology CEs and checks are made out to Starbright Training Institute (or cash paid at training, no credit cards).

For information about continuing education credit, fees, and deadlines for cancellations/refunds, please see It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Myriam Goldin, LCSW, RPT-S is Director of Starbright Training Institute.

 Phone: 703-980-2886.


Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Claudia Camargo, LCSW,, and phone #: 240.423.6388

Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled

Starbright Training Institute’s training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations please contact the Director of Starbright Training Institute. See contact information above.

Course Instructor Contact Information

Name: Claudia Camargo, LCSW




Phone: 240.423.6388


  1. Dombrowski, S.C., Timmer, S.G, Blacker, D.B., & Urquiza, A.J. (2005).  A positive behavioral intervention for toddlers: Parent-Child Attunement Therapy.  Child Abuse Review, 14, 132-151. 
  2. Borrego, Jr., J., Timmer, S.G., Urquiza, A.J., & Follette, W.C. (2004).  Physically abusive mothers’ responses following episodes of child noncompliance and compliance.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72(5), 897-903. 
  3. Lieneman, C. C., Brabson, L. A., Highlander, A., Wallace, N. M., & McNeil, C. B. (2017). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: current perspectives. Psychology research and behavior management10, 239-256. doi:10.2147/PRBM.S91200