Katherine Horrum, MSW, PLMHP, is a Master’s Level Social Worker and a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. Katherine graduated from the Social Work program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and works with children, adolescents, and adults. She is certified as a Level 1 PCIT therapist.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a combination of play therapy and behavioral therapy for young children and their parents or caregivers. The adults learn and practice new skills and techniques for relating to children with emotional or behavior problems, language issues, developmental disabilities, or mental health disorders.
Aimed mostly at parents and caregivers, this intervention teaches specific skills they can use to help improve physical and verbal exchanges with their children. PCIT was developed for children ages 2 to 7 and has been shown to be effective for children who exhibit disruptive behavior or have experienced trauma, as well as those on the autism spectrum. PCIT and PCIT-based programs are also evidence-based interventions for preventing child abuse and neglect and for decreasing the child’s risk of antisocial and criminal behavior later in life.
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