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Workshop in PCIT Therapist Training

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an internationally-recognized, evidence-based parent management program for families who have children with primary or secondary externalizing behavior problems. The program is unique in comparison to other parent management programs because it involves coaching parents as they interact with their young child (ages 2 years to 6 years, 11 months). There are two phases to PCIT: Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) and Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI).

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Who Should Attend

The intended audience includes clinicians who have a master’s degree or higher, or an international equivalent of a master’s degree, in a mental health field who are independently licensed mental health service providers, or license-eligible and working under the supervision of a licensed mental health service provider. Alternatively, clinicians may be advanced psychology doctoral students who are conducting clinical work under the supervision of a licensed mental health service provider. See the PCIT International Training Requirements for Certification as a PCIT Therapist for detailed information.


This clinical workshop serves as an introductory training for mental health providers who are interested in becoming PCIT International Therapists. This professional training includes foundational skills in the PCIT protocol, Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS), and the CDI and PDI phases of treatment. Experiential learning opportunities in coding and coaching techniques will be provided, with a particular emphasis on developing PCIT competencies, coding reliability, and fidelity to the PCIT model.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will learn these Objectives.

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 40 CE credits. The instructional level is for beginner to intermediate practitioners. Full attendance with video from the participant is required to receive credit.


40 hours of workshop training with a PCIT International Certified Global Trainer covering:

•   Implementation procedures, background theory, and research evidence for PCIT.
•   The latest advances in PCIT practices, including the PCIT protocol, Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS), and the CDI and PDI phases of treatment.
•   Experiential learning opportunities in coding and coaching techniques, with a particular emphasis on developing PCIT skills, coding reliability, and fidelity to the PCIT model.
•   Integration of telehealth and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
Following the PCIT International Therapist Training, participants receive:

•   12 months of twice monthly, hourly group web-based consultation calls led by a PCIT International Certified Trainer.
•   Four (4) video reviews of PCIT sessions with written feedback from a PCIT International Certified Trainer.
•   Assistance in documenting competencies toward Certification


What is the total cost of the course?
Total cost is $4,500, consisting of:
•   6-day remote/online workshop, with 40 CEs awarded. The online workshop includes the PCIT Therapy Protocol, the DPICS Clinical Manual, and the DPICS Clinical Workbook necessary to conduct PCIT.
•   Required consultation (twice monthly group consultation for 12 months; 4 video reviews; paperwork preparation for certification).
•   The fee to apply for the PCIT International Therapist Training is $25 and is included in the total cost of the training. Although the $25 application fee is nonrefundable,it is applied toward the cost of the training for accepted participants.

While cancellations and refunds are not available, with notice by 06/25/21, fees may be applied toward a future training.

Who teaches the PCIT International Therapist Course?
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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