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.

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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.