PCIT Initial Therapist Training – 2018 TBD

We are happy to announce that Sunfield Center in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology is offering a Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) International Endorsed Parent Child Interaction Therapy Initial Therapist Training this fall.

Sunfield Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Sunfield Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Sunfield Center designates the following CEs for this training:

PCIT Initial Therapist Training: 32 CE credits

PCIT Initial Therapist Training
Dates: 2018 TBD

Sunfield Center
Ann Arbor, MI

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported behavioral parent training intervention for children (ages 2 to 6-years 11-months) with non-compliant and disruptive behaviors. PCIT has also been implemented effectively with children with other emotional and behavioral difficulties, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, prematurity, fetal alcohol exposure and trauma/PTSD. Families experiencing stressful circumstances including divorce, domestic violence, bereavement and child maltreatment may also benefit from PCIT even if the child is not demonstrating significant disruptive behavior.

In PCIT, parents learn necessary skills to improve the parent-child relationship by increasing positive interactions and compliance, while reducing parenting stress. Treatment sessions involve live coaching from behind a one-way mirror or from another room, with therapists providing parent guidance using a wireless earpiece.

This Initial Therapist Training is designed for practitioners who are new to PCIT or for those who have been exposed to the intervention but who have not received formal training with case experience while in consultation with a Certified Master Trainer. Clinicians must hold a master’s degree in a mental health field to be considered for this training, among some other requirements outlined in the PCIT International Training Requirements for Certification as a PCIT therapist.

This training will be provided by Melanie A. Fernandez, PhD, ABPP (PCIT International Certified Master Trainer) and meets the PCIT International Training Requirements, developed to promote the effective dissemination of this empirically-supported treatment. Each participant will receive approximately 70 hours of PCIT training in total.

About the trainer:
Dr. Fernandez, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of disruptive behavior in children and adolescents. She is one of twenty-one Master Trainers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in the world endorsed by PCIT International.

Dr. Fernandez earned her doctorate in clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida, with a specialty in clinical child and pediatric psychology. Her mentor was Dr. Sheila M. Eyberg, the developer of PCIT. Dr. Fernandez completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at the New York University Child Study Center. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship, she continued at NYU as a Clinical Assistant Professor providing evaluations and treatment and as an Assistant Research Scientist treating families in two NIMH-funded clinical trials. She later directed the Child Mind Institute’s PCIT Program before going into private practice in 2014. She has published papers in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and Behavior Therapy.

Components of Training:

  • 40 hours of face-to face training in a hands-on workshop format.
  • A year of consultation offered during biweekly, one hour video or phone conferencing meetings with Dr. Fernandez at a mutually-agreed upon time (in a group format of up to eight therapists).
  • Clinicians will need to treat a minimum of two cases to completion in regular contact with Dr. Fernandez and achieve milestones outlined in the PCIT International Training Requirements
  • Video review of a minimum of 4 key sessions with written feedback from Dr. Fernandez.
Learning Objectives:
  • Observe implementation of PCIT
  • Recognize red flags for behavior problems in children
  • Discuss and practice coding for treatment fidelity
  • Practice implementation of evidence based treatment practices

Upon successful completion of the 40-hour training, year long consultation, and key session approval, clinicians will be eligible to apply for PCIT certification. (The cost of applying to PCIT International for certification is built into the registration fee).

Materials provided during the training include:
  • 2011 Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Protocol
  • Clinical Manual for the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS-IV)
  • DPICS-IV Workbook
  • Presentation slides for the entire week.

Dr. Fernandez will be providing the workshop through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, live and video modeling of the intervention and coding structure.

APPLICATION PROCESSIf you are interested in registering for this PCIT Initial Therapist Training, you will need to follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Complete the following Application/Readiness Assessment which includes a $25 application fee (you will be prompted to pay via PayPal during the readiness assessment).
  2. Once your complete application with the non-refundable $25 application fee is received, your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted by phone to discuss participation in the training. During this phone call, questions you may have will be answered and there will be opportunity to brainstorm barriers to participation.



– Early bird registration fee: $4,000
– Regular registration is $4,300

Please note that there will be no refund once the payment is processed.

Questions: Please contact us at training@sunfieldcenter.com or call us at (734) 222-9277.