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Child Therapy

Journey Inward Counseling

Child Therapy

Our groups’ specialty is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (P-CIT), which is an evidence based therapy for young children with emotional and behavioral problems. P-CIT emphasizes improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. It is a 10-20 session individualized parent training intervention that coaches parents specific behavior management techniques during interactions with their child.

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Who Can Participate In PCIT?

Who can participate in PCIT?
Younger children with the following behavior problems:  refuses/defies adult requests, loses temper easily, annoys others on purpose, steals things, destroys things, starts fights/hurts others, has difficulty staying seated, has difficulty playing quietly, and has difficulty taking turns. Caregivers who want a better relationship with their child: parents (including grandparents, step-parents, and even those who have been separated from their child), foster parents, adoptive parents, legal guardians, residential caregiver staff.

How does P-CIT work?
P-CIT is an exceptionally effective treatment backed by 20+ years of research. Live coaching is the primary method of caregiver training in P-CIT. Caregivers are coached in specific play therapy and positive discipline skills by the therapist through an earpiece while the therapist observes the caregiver and child from a separate room through a monitor.  For more information about Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, please visit www.pcit.org.

What Other Therapy Services Do you Offer Children?

Other Core Child Therapy Services

PCAT, or Parent-Child Attunement Therapy is a modification of P-CIT and is currently being evaluated by UC Davis for treatment effectiveness. It is designed to treat children ages 12 months – 2 years. The typical course of treatment lasts about 8-12 weeks. The goals are: enhance relationship between caregiver and child, decrease symptoms, reduce caregiver’s distress, and increase caregiver’s understanding of child development.

For parents seeking a therapeutic setting to visit with their children after estrangement, during child custody disputes or child welfare cases. During a Therapeutic Supervised Visit (TSV) at Journey Inward Counseling (JIC), a visitation therapist is present for the entirety of the supervised visit, either in the visitation room or via a video monitor in the control room and will participate in the visit by coaching the visiting adult through an earpiece. The visitation therapist will also intervene if there is a question as to the child’s comfort level and/or the safety of the child or JIC staff. The custodial and visiting parent must both agree to all of the agency’s guidelines in order for a visit to proceed. Insurance does not cover therapeutic supervised visits, and our office offers a sliding fee scale that varies depending on the therapist conducting the visit.

Often parents or courts request the assistance of a trained professional in matters where a child hasn’t seen a parent in some period of time. Oftentimes a therapeutic plan needs to be put in place to maximize chances of a positive outcome. The safety and comfort of the child and the reduction of stress in the interaction is the main goal to start.

For parents who require professional assistance in assessing their interactions with their child(ren) and providing recommendations during child custody disputes or child welfare cases.