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Parent Child Interaction Therapy – a new parent coaching model that can help children regulate

April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Parent Child Interaction Therapy or PCIT— is the best coaching model available to help parents and children ages 2 to 7 to reintroduce joy to their relationship, calm challenging behaviors, increase child self-esteem, and help the child learn to follow the parents’ directions. There are a number of different parenting classes and approaches. PCIT differs from other parenting programs because it works with parents and their children together. PCIT therapists provide parents with coaching support in the moment in using the PCIT skills.

The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center (EEPC) at MaineGeneral Health and Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH)along with the help of a National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant are currently implementing PCIT in Kennebec and Somerset counties. The good news is that DHHS recently included PCIT as a covered service in the MaineCare Benefits Manual, and the Office of Child and Family Services included PCIT in their Families First Prevention Services Act plan. Rhea Chase, a PCIT Global Trainer, will use description and film clips to give attendees an understanding of how PCIT works. Pat McKenzie of KBH and Liam Shaw and Lindsey Tweed of EEPC will speak briefly about learnings from the implementation of PCIT in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Some children with behavioral health concerns have much difficulty regulating their behavior and their reactions especially when parents place limits on them or direct them to do chores. Common parenting skills that work with older children often do not work with younger children who have very challenging temperaments and behaviors. We know that parents do not cause this problem, however parents need to know that they still have the power to fix it!

The goal of this program is not to encourage additional referrals— as current capacity remains very limited—but instead to facilitate advocacy to make this wonderful treatment accessible to children and families throughout Maine.

Join us to learn more about this powerful parent coaching model that can help children regulate and follow directions and help parents and children regain their joy.


April 5
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Rhea Chase, PhD; Director of Early Childhood Programs, Harvard Judge Baker Children’s Center
Pat McKenzie, LCSW; Head of Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Kennebec Behavioral Health
Liam Shaw, LCSW, MBH; Coordinator of Community Programs, Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center
Lindsay Tweed, MD, MPH; Child Psychiatrist, Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center


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