An Introduction to PCIT-T: Integrating Attachment and Behavioral Principles

  • Emma I. Girard
  • Nancy M. Wallace
  • Jane R. Kohlhoff
  • Susan S. J. Morgan
  • Cheryl B. McNeil


Discusses the PCIT-T model and three key assumptions: (i) that disruptive behaviors in children aged less than 2 years are signs of emotional dysregulation rather than deliberate, intentional attention-seeking behaviors, (ii) that the early parent-child attachment relationship is the vehicle through which capacities for emotion and behavior regulation emerge and are consolidated, and (iii) that toddlers have the capacity to learn how to listen. The emphasis of PCIT-T is therefore on improving the quality of the parent-child attachment relationship with a particular focus on improving the parent’s sensitivity to the child’s needs and his/her capacity to support the child’s emotion regulation.


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Toddler dysregulation Early intervention Emotion regulation Attachment theory Cognitive behavioral theory Behavioral therapy Sensitive parenting Disruptive behavior concerns Social emotional development Parent management training Early life span development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emma I. Girard
    • 1
  • Nancy M. Wallace
    • 2
  • Jane R. Kohlhoff
    • 3
    • 4
  • Susan S. J. Morgan
    • 4
  • Cheryl B. McNeil
    • 5
  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Johns Hopkins School of MedicineKennedy Krieger InstituteBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.School of PsychiatryUniversity of New South WalesRandwickAustralia
  4. 4.Karitane Toddler ClinicCarramarAustralia
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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