Healthy Moms: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) consists of about 20 sessions and five minutes of home practice per day. It focuses on two basic interactions:Child Directed Interaction (CDI) Caregivers are taught the PRIDE skills: Praise, Reflect, Imitate, Describe, and Enthusiasm. Caregivers follow the child’s lead. They ignore annoying or obnoxious behavior and control dangerous behaviors. Parent Directed Interactions (PDI) Caregivers learn to use effective commands and specific behavior management techniques as they play with their child. Caregivers are taught effective time out procedures and how to manage children’s behaviors in real-world settings. PCIT is an exceptionally effective treatment backed by 20 years of research. Live coaching is the primary method of caregiver training in PCIT. Caregivers are coached in specific play therapy and discipline skills by the therapist through an earpiece while the therapist observes the caregiver and child. Therapy is tailored to individual family and ethnic culture to engage parents in giving  praise and making positive observations about a child in a way that fits with the parents' values.

Eligibility Criteria: 

Any child between the ages of 2 and 7 that meets criteria for intervention, and has a mom enrolled in the Healthy Moms program who they live with or who are in the reunification process

How to Enroll: 

Call (707) 441-5220

Population Served: 

Any child between 2 and 7 with a mom who is enrolled in the Healthy Moms Program

Child's Age: 

Ages 2-7

Sponsor Name: 
Humboldt County DHHS Healthy Moms Program
Co-sponsor Name: 
Julie Branson
2910 H Street Eureka, CA
(707) 441-5220 or (707) 441-5228 (direct line)
Fee amount (per class/session): 
The fee is billed through child's insurance, usually Medi-Cal. If uninsured, payments are sliding scale based on income.
Fee amount (per individual/family): 
Financial assistance information: 



2910 H Street, Eureka, CA

Languages Served: 
Certificate of Completion: 
Delivery method

Parent and child have weekly appointment until they meet their goals, which are based on PCIT protocol balanced with parent/child needs. Parents are learning as they are interacting with the child and are encouraged to work on methods learned at each session as homework.

1 hour
Time of Day: 
Mornings (8 a.m. – 11:59 a.m.)
Afternoons (12 p.m. – 4:59 p.m.)

Varies by appointment, available between 8:00am-2:00pm Monday-Friday

Classes are offered year-round. Weekly sessions, for as long as needed to meet therapy goals
Class Size: 
Child care provided: 
Yes, child is part of therapy. Siblings under age of 6 are offered child care
Meal/Snack Provided: 

Snack provided