Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Janet Cahill, Ph.D.

03/12/2021 at 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop is available for live online streaming only. Participants will be able to communicate with the instructor in real-time during the course of instruction.

NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



    About the Workshop:

    Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for children 2 to 7 years of age with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. PCIT is also very effective in increasing attachment between children and their caretakers. This training will review the basic structure and techniques of PCIT. There are two major components: Child Directive Interactions (CDI) and Parent Directed Interactions (PDI). A core feature of the training is the use of in vivo coaching of the caregivers. This will be a live virtual training via Zoom webinar.

    Learning Objectives:

    At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
    1.Explain the requirements to become a PCIT provider and how to be trained.
    2. Identify the target populations for PCIT, with multicultural considerations.
    3. Discuss the empirical research supporting PCIT.
    4. Explain the primary tenets and structure for the approach.
    5. Describe the basic elements and purpose of Child-Directed Interaction.
    6. Describe the basic elements and purpose of Parent-Directed Interaction.


    This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology.

    About the Speaker:

    Dr. Janet Cahill has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University. She was trained as a family therapist at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.  Dr. Cahill is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at Rowan University. She served as chair and was the coordinator of Rowan University’s master’s program for Licensed Professional Counseling. Her private practice specializes in assessing abused and neglected children and their families. She has developed model protocols in parenting evaluations and recommendations for evidenced based treatments. She has expertise in evaluations and treatment for Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (aka Munchausen by Proxy).

    She is a strong advocate for evidenced base treatment for children and families. She is a certified therapist and Level 1 trainer for Parent Child Interaction therapy (PCIT).

    Dr. Cahill has consulted to many human services agencies, including the New Jersey Division of Child Permanency and Protection, the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, South Carolina CPS, and Colorado CPS and Acenda.   An active trainer, she has provided numerous workshops to human service professionals in the community. An overarching goal of her activities is to bring academic expertise and evidence-based practice into community settings. Dr. Cahill’s CV

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    General Information:

    Zoom Login Link and Handout Materials

    Zoom webinar login link and Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than March 5th, 2021, one week prior to workshop date. Printed handout materials are not available for purchase as this CE training is being offered remotely.

    Workshop Location

    Live, virtual webinar via Zoom

    Refunds & Grievance Policies

    Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 02/26/2021.


    Approved by Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the entire workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

    Additional Information

    NPA will provide accommodations for person with special needs, when notified at the time of registration and at least one week prior to workshop. Please email us at


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