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Promising Program Seal

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A 12 week treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral problems, with one-half hour parent-child sessions, that places emphasis on improving the parent-child relationship, teaching effective parenting skills, and encouraging effective discipline.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

Initial training for therapists runs from $3,000-4,000 per participant, depending upon the size of the group. It is recommended that at least two therapists from an agency be trained together. It is also suggested that a supervisor or administrator be trained.

Curriculum and Materials

Programs need to purchase toys - other curriculum costs are detailed below.


Certification costs $200 per organization.

Other Start-Up Costs

When PCIT is delivered in the office, the model often requires modification of space, with the addition of a one-way mirror to adjacent rooms, sound equipment and toys at an estimated cost of $1,000 to $1,500.

Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

An Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory is administered weekly to each parent at a cost of $40 for 25 forms.


Qualifications: Implementation cost is mainly comprised of salaries for therapists and supervisors. Both are expected to be licensed Master's level therapists.

Ratios: Therapists see 15-25 PCIT cases per week.

Time to Deliver Intervention: Families receive therapy for an average of 14-16 weeks per family.

Other Implementation Costs

Administrative costs including costs associated with maintaining an office for the program.

Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

Each therapist will receive weekly consultation from the purveyor for the first year at a cost of $1,000 per therapist for the year. In addition to the consultation provided to each therapist in his/her first year, the purveyor also offers additional training at $1,500 per participant. Sites can also choose to build local capacity to train and monitor fidelity. A train-the-trainer approach is available in a one-day training for $750.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

Fidelity tools are included in the certification and can be copied.

Ongoing License Fees


Other Implementation Support and Fidelity Monitoring Costs


Year One Cost Example

Training for four therapists administrator @ $4,000 each travel
Space and Equipment
Certification @ $200 per organization
Therapist consultation from purveyor in Year 1 @ $1,000/therapist x 4
Salary @ $60,000 per therapist x 4
Fringe @ 30%

Total Year One Cost

If each therapist has a caseload of 20 for an average of 15 weeks per family, 280 families could be served in the first year at a cost of $1,210 per family.