Becoming a PCIT Certified Therapist
The Certification in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-C) credential is earned by therapists whose training and clinical experience meets PCIT & TCIT Training Program Standards. To become certified in PCIT, clinicians must complete the 40-hour Essential Training Program, and complete two PCIT cases while receiving ongoing case consultation from either a PCIT Agency Trainer (PCIT-AT) or PCIT National Trainer (PCIT-NT).
Why Become Certified as a Therapist?
Certification has been developed in response to therapists, agencies, and third-party payers who have long asked how PCIT providers can document they have met a set of standards for competent delivery of the treatment. Certification is one way to promote effective dissemination of PCIT nationally and internationally.
How Do I Apply for Therapist Certification?
- Complete the 40-hour Essential Training Program.
- Complete two PCIT cases while receiving ongoing case consultation from either a PCIT Agency Trainer (PCIT-AT) or PCIT National Trainer (PCIT-NT).
- Submit the PCIT Certification Application. Please contact us for more information.
What Is the Therapist Certification Process?
Upon submission, your application will be reviewed. When all criteria are met, applicants will be provided access to the Certification Experience, a multiple choice quiz that ensures therapists have knowledge of the most current versions of the PCIT and DPICS Protocols. After you have successfully completed the Certification Experience, you will receive a certificate from the PCIT & TCIT Training Program and 8 Continuing Education hours for completion of the Certification Experience.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Therapist Certification?
Therapists who are certified by the PCIT & TCIT Training Program have met a number of training and competence standards that help to maintain the treatment’s effectiveness. Once you are certified, you will:
- Have a certificate to provide to third-party payers that shows you have learned the current, evidence-based PCIT protocol.
- Be placed on the PCIT & TCIT website as a certified therapist so that families and other professionals can find you.
- Be invited to join listservs with other certified practitioners.
- Receive discounts on PCIT & TCIT Continuing Education workshops and trainings.