Are you struggling with your toddler’s behaviours? If you have a child between 12 to 23 months of age, you may be eligible to take part in a FREE intervention trial, offered as part of a research project from the UNSW Parent-Child Research Clinic.
The UNSW Parent-Child Research Clinic is now testing the effectiveness of a version of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), which has been adapted to meet the needs of 12 to 23-month-old children with emerging behavioural difficulties. PCIT is a scientifically-supported intervention for reducing problem behaviours in young children. We hope that by offering this intervention in toddlerhood, this will help prevent more significant behavioural difficulties from developing later in life.
Parents will learn play-therapy skills to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship. Each week, parents will also learn evidence-based parenting strategies to better manage child disruptive behaviour for them to implement in-session and at home.
Parents will receive real-time coaching from a trained PCIT therapist using a bug-in-ear device from behind a one-way mirror as they interact with their child. This means that parents get practice and feedback on their new parenting skills before taking the skills home and doing it by themselves.
Main Eligibility Criteria
• Child is 12-23 months old;
• Child’s behaviour problems exceed a certain threshold;
• Child has not been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder;
• Participating parent/caregiver and child are fluent in English and are not deaf or have a significant visual impairment;
• Participating parent/caregiver does not have an intellectual disability;
• Child is not receiving concurrent psychological intervention for their behavioural difficulties; and
• Participating parent/caregiver does not have significant mental health difficulties that are likely to interfere with engaging in the intervention.
How Parents can Participate
Parents/caregivers can telephone the UNSW Parent-Child Research Clinic (02 9385 0376) and will be asked to complete a brief intake survey to determine eligibility. Families do not need a referral from their GP, Paediatrician or another health practitioner.
What Participation Involves
The intervention is FREE and involves 7-weekly sessions, which run for approximately one hour. The first session is with the parent(s) alone and the remaining six sessions involve the therapist working with both parent(s) and child together. All families will be asked to complete three comprehensive assessments involving questionnaires, laboratory tasks, and an interview at pre-intervention, post-intervention and 6-months follow-up so that we can examine outcomes.
For more information, please see www.conductproblems.com/pcit-early-intervention.
0-1 - Infants
2-3 - Toddlers
UNSW Parent-Child Research Clinic, Level 8, Mathews Building, High Street
KENSINGTON, South Eastern Sydney
Monday, 09 September 2019
Tuesday, 01 September 2020
to download the PCIT-EI Flyer Sept.19.pdf