Addressing Child Behavioral Problems: Parent and Administrator Perspectives of PCIT

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. to learn what parent–child interaction therapy (PCIT) is.
  2. to learn parents’ perspectives of pros and cons of receiving PCIT in schools.
  3. to learn school administrators’ perspectives of pros and cons of implementing PCIT in schools.


Parent–child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention addressing child behavioral problems with a larger effect size than many established interventions. However, it is not easily accessible. Schools seem a promising avenue to reach more children. This interview study with five parents who have completed the standard PCIT and 15 school administrators will provide initial data of their perspectives, which may inform future examination and implementation of PCIT in schools at a larger scale.



Huanhuan Wang, Texas Tech University
Tabitha C. Fleming, Texas Tech University
Jeanette Smith, Texas Tech University
Matthew Gibbs, Texas Tech University


Lauren A. Pascarella, Paige L. Huckaby, Douglas B. Shoumaker, Jamie G. Raborn


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