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Course: PCIT International Within Agency Trainer (WATer) Course

Training will focus on introduction of skills to become a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) International Within Agency Trainer (WATer). PCIT is the authorized organization for research and training in the empirically-supported PCIT protocol. PCIT is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based parent management program for families who have children with externalizing behavior problems. The program is unique in comparison to other parent management programs in that it involves coaching parents as they interact with their young child (ages 2 years to 6 years, 11 months). PCIT International Trainers are sanctioned by PCIT  International to provide expert training and consultation in the official PCIT protocol to trainees, leading to eligibility for certification for trainees as a therapist by PCIT International.

Programs Associated with this Course
  • Workshop in PCIT Therapist Training
Who Should Attend

Anyone who has completed PCIT International Therapist Certification and wants to train others within their current agency. The purpose of the course is to prepare PCIT International Certified Therapists to become PCIT International WATers. This 8-hour workshop and 12 months of consultation are required components to become a PCIT International Certified WATer (click here for more information regarding full requirements for eligibility and competencies per PCIT International). Upon achieving PCIT International Certification, WATers are qualified to teach and supervise therapists at their own program or agency, with a scope of trainership that is limited to training within a co-therapy or mentorship model.

This PCIT International WATer Course is geared toward independently licensed mental health providers, psychology predoctoral interns, and psychology postdoctoral fellows who meet the following prerequisites:

•   Are PCIT International Certified Therapists at the time of registration  
•   Have completed at least two (2) PCIT casesto graduation criteria at time of registration [must have at least four (4) PCIT cases to graduation criteria by the end of the WATer process]
•   Are expected to possess or purchase the Research and Training DPICS-IV Manual (Click here to purchase). 
•   All interested participants must complete this Qualtrics WATer Prerequisite Application to confirm eligibility. 
o   You will be asked to provide contact information for your previous PCIT International Trainer as part of your eligibility confirmation to begin the PCIT International WATer process. 

Please complete the application form first, and then you will be contacted within 5 business days to pay the registration fee pending approval of your application. 

Please note: You must share your video during the workshop to attend this training.


PCIT International WATers are individuals who have received such PCIT International training as to be qualified to teach and supervise therapists at their own program or agency, with a scope of trainership that is limited to their physical location or site using a mentorship model. This advanced training covers techniques for supervision and training of PCIT therapists, focusing on the provision of supervisory feedback, teaching mastery criteria, structuring training, and maintaining PCIT fidelity. Additionally, a review of coding systems, including the Dyadic Parent-child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) and Code-the-Coach, will be provided.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will learn to:
1.   Identify at least two training resources for WATer work.
2.   Recognize competencies necessary for Certification as a PCIT International WATer.
3.   Explain concepts related to providing supervisory feedback and teaching coaching.
4.   Describe at least three ways to assess clinician competencies.
5.   Practice identifying clinical activities that meet PCIT International Therapist competencies.
6.   Apply important aspects of PCIT coding systems, including the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) and Code-the-Coach.
7.   Recognize core features of teaching skills criteria and maintaining PCIT International fidelity for the empirically-supported PCIT protocol.
8.   Identify methods to structure PCIT training consistent with PCIT International standards. 

DePaul Family and Community Services is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. DePaul Family and Community Services maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 8.0 CE credits. The instructional level is for intermediate and advanced practitioners. Full attendance with video from the participant is required to receive credit.


You will complete 8 hours of workshop training with a PCIT International Certified Trainer covering the following topics:

•   Methods of training others in PCIT International procedures for fidelity to the model
•   Evaluating and teaching coaching skills
•   Methods for determining competencies in trainees

Following the WATer Course, participants receive: 

•   12 months of once monthly consultation with a PCIT International Certified Trainer.  
•   Two (2) video reviews with written feedback from a PCIT International Certified Trainer.


What is the total cost of the WATer Course?
Total cost is $1,800, consisting of: 
•   2-day remote/online workshop, with 8.0 APA CE credits awarded  
•   Required consultation, which includes
o   Once monthly group web-based consultation for 12 months  
o   Two (2) video reviews  
•   Paperwork preparation for certification eligibility  
•   COACH System Manual - CDI Observational Assessment of Coaching Highlights (Funderburk, et al., 2017) 
•   Training materials and support resources (powerpoints, research, videos, asynchronous activities) via Basecamp collaborative platform

While cancellations and refunds are not available, with notice by 06/11/21, fees may be applied toward a future training.
Who teaches the WATer Course?
Tasha M. Brown, Ph.D.,
is a clinical psychologist in the state of New York. She works within the School Based Program and is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Brown specializes in Parent Management Training (PMT) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is a PCIT International Certified Within Agency Trainer. Dr. Brown provides clinical supervision to doctoral-level students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff in PCIT. Dr. Brown has published work related to PCIT, depression prevention for adolescent girls, and school consultation. Dr. Brown is committed to providing empirically-based care to ethnic minority children, youth, and families living in vulnerable communities.

Lynne Clure, Ph.D.,
is a pediatric psychologist at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE. She completed her PhD in school psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a pre-doctoral internship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the University of Tennessee Professional Psychology Internship Consortium. During internship, Dr. Clure was trained as a certified therapist in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is now a Within-Agency Trainer for PCIT International and actively supervises graduate student externs and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Clure provides assessment and therapy services for a range of childhood problems. She has a particular interest in adjustment to chronic/acute illnesses and pediatric pain, and is an active member of the Consultation/Liaison hospital service. She is also involved in several medical specialty clinics, including the neuro-oncology and oncology survivorship clinics. She is currently the clinical director for the multidisciplinary Autism diagnostic clinic.

Christina Warner-Metzger, Ph.D.,
hails from Oklahoma State University with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She directs the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Program at DePaul University’s Family and Community Services. She is 1 of 21 PCIT International Certified Global Trainers worldwide and a Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Co-Developer, which provides her with clinical expertise in PCIT and CARE training and dissemination. Dr. Warner-Metzger has served as a trainer and consultant for PCIT dissemination efforts across the United States, as well as Indonesia and Australia. She is also experienced using the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Collaborative model and is a co-developer of Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). Dr. Warner-Metzger’s clinical and research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), developmental disabilities, disruptive behavior disorders, trauma-informed systems, underserved populations, barriers to treatment participation, and dissemination efforts. She has contributed numerous peer-reviewed and invited presentations at national and international conferences. Her previous clinical work in Memphis and current work in Chicago has focused on serving urban populations experiencing economic and racial marginalization. 

Is there a grievance procedure?

You may access our Grievance Procedure here.

For More Information, Contact:

Christina Warner-Metzger

Phone: +1 773-325-7780

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