What is the theory behind this PCIT worksheet?
Based on Baumrind’s (1966) theory of parenting styles, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) draws from both attachment and social learning principles to teach authoritative parenting—a combination of nurturance, good communication, and firm control.
Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is a family-centred treatment strategy that has been shown to be successful for children ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers.
How will the worksheet help?
The principles of play therapy are the foundation of PCIT, which was created by Dr. Sheila Eyberg as an evidence-based, manualized treatment for young children with behavioural issues. This worksheet provides a checklist for parents which will help them interact with their child in a healthy and respectful manner.
How to use the worksheet?
The PRIDE skills in PCIT show caregivers how to compliment good child behaviour to make it more likely that such actions will be repeated in the future. PRIDE Skills include:
Praise – Praise for child’s specific actions, accomplishments, or characteristics
Reflection: Paying attention and paraphrasing what a child says.
Imitation: Playing similarly to the child and imitating their level of activity.
Describe: Describing a kid’s ongoing game
Enjoy: Sincere enjoyment or enthusiasm in the parent-child contact
Following is a list of activities a parent can engage with child to achieve PRIDE skills:
PCIT therapy worksheet
|That’s some great counting!||boost verbal communication||Allow the child to take the initiative||That’s a cool car!.||Make eye contact|
|I appreciate how quietly you are playing.||show that you accept and understand them||provide your approval of the game they choose||You’re making a house.||Use sound effects|
|You came up with some fantastic ideas for this image.||Don’t dominate the conversation||show them you’re involved||You drew a cat.||“Wow”|
|I’m pleased with you for being courteous.||help the child with their speech||teach them how to play cooperatively||The boy looks excited.||Animate your facial expressions|
|You are a skilled builder.||demonstrate that you’re truly listening to the child||encourage children to copy you||You’re separating blue and red.||Speak with excitement|
|I enjoy having fun with you.||“That’s impressive!”|
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Heymann, Perrine & Heflin, Brynna & Bagner, Daniel. (2020). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Theory and Research to Practice. 10.5772/intechopen.91194.
Norcross, J., VandenBos, G.R. and Freedheim, D.K. (2011) History of psychotherapy: Continuity and change. American Psychological Association.
You can download this worksheet here.