What to look for in a
Important Questions to Ask Your PCIT Therapist
- Training: What is the nature of your training? When were you trained? By whom? How long was the training? Do you have access to follow-up consultation? What resource materials on PCIT are you familiar with? Are you clinically supervised (or participate in a peer supervision group) by others who are trained in PCIT?
- Experience: How many PCIT cases have you seen? How many clients have you successfully graduated from PCIT? Have you completed any certification programs for PCIT?
- Treatment: Why do you feel that PCIT is the most appropriate treatment model for my child? Would my child benefit from other treatment methods at the same time, or after s/he completes PCIT (i.e. individual or group therapy).
- Techniques: What techniques would you use to help my child manage his/her emotions and related behaviors? How will my family and I be involved in this process?
- Assessment: Do you use a standard assessment process to gather baseline information on the functioning of my child and family and to monitor treatment progress over time?
- Equipment: Do you have access to the appropriate equipment for PCIT (two-way mirror and audio equipment)? If not, how do you plan to structure the sessions to assure that the PCIT techniques are used according to the model?
- Risk: Is there any potential for harm associated with this treatment?
Information adapted from the Child Welfare Information Gateway