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PANW Offers Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

December 22, 2016

What is it?
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children ages 2-7 years old with difficult behaviors. PCIT places an emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT utilizes a live-coaching model, in which parents are in a therapy room with their child while the therapist is in an observation room watching via a live video feed. The parent wears a 'bug-in-the ear' device through which the therapist coaches the parent in real time on how to use the skills learned during treatment sessions. 

Who is it for?
Children between ages 2-7 years old who:

o    Engage in power struggles
o    Disobey adult requests
o    Lose their temper easily
o    Start fights/hurt others
o    Are disruptive at school, daycare, or home
o    Have experienced stress or trauma
o    Annoy others intentionally
o    Have difficulties staying quiet or taking turns

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Who will I work with?

Shannon Odell, PsyD is one of our behavioral health providers and she was specifically trained in PCIT by experts at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She will meet with you for an initial appointment to discuss whether PCIT is appropriate for you and your child, then explain how the rest of the process works. Dr. Odell is based out of the Tigard office, 7150 SW Dartmouth St. 

If you are interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment, please contact Kelly Jacobson at (503) 968-3487 for more information.