Deviating from Protocol: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Adoptive Families
Six-year-old Emma’s* blue eyes light up when Evy Ezpinoza, her therapist, walks through the door. The little girl and her adoptive mother sit side-by-side at a table in a playroom where their parent-child interaction therapy session is coming to a close.
PCIT for Kinship Caregivers
First 5 LA makes the case for why parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) can play an important role in helping support kin caregivers in a new video released on its site. PCIT helps strengthen the bond between parents or caregivers and their children, who are often dealing with trauma as a result of experiences that brought them into contact with the child-welfare system.
One-Way Mirrors, Monitors and a Whole Lot of Training Elevate Parent-Child Therapy
Carla Francis’ training session is fast-paced. Francis, a therapist, sits in an observation room with two monitors in front of her; one displays her clients – a grandmotherly woman and a toddler* — in the playroom next door, and through the other she sees her virtual trainer, psychologist Dawn Blacker, who observes from her office hundreds of miles north at the University of California, Davis.
Los Angeles, Under Pressure to Improve Maltreatment Prevention, Bets Big on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began implementing the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, which calls for augmented child maltreatment prevention efforts. While implementation of the commission’s many recommendations is a long-term venture, leaders are hoping that the rollout of a maltreatment prevention initiative may improve child safety in the short-term.