Free intervention for parents struggling with their toddler’s behaviours 

Tantrums, hitting, biting, kicking, angry, irritable, and disobedient … In toddlers these behaviours are often normal but can be really challenging and stressful for parents.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales’s Parent-Child Research Clinic are now offering a new intervention trial for parents of toddlers (12 to 23 months old) with emerging problem behaviours.

What is PCIT: Early Intervention (PCIT-EI)? 

The FREE 7-week intervention offered is a version of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), which has been adapted to meet the developmental needs of toddlers with emerging disruptive behaviours. PCIT is one of the best scientifically-supported interventions for reducing problem behaviours in young children. We hope that by offering this intervention in toddlerhood, this will help prevent more significant behavioural difficulties from developing later in life.

How does PCIT-EI work? 

Parents will learn play-therapy skills to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship. Each week, parents will also learn evidence-based parenting strategies to better manage child disruptive behaviour for them to implement in-session and at home.

Using a bug-in-ear device, parents will receive real-time coaching as they play with their child from a trained PCIT therapist behind a one-way mirror. This means that parents get practice and immediate feedback on their new parenting skills before implementing the skills by themselves at home.

What Does Participation Involve? 

The intervention involves 7-weekly sessions, which run for approximately one hour each. The first session is with parent(s) alone and the remaining six sessions involve the therapist working with both parent(s) and child together. All families will be asked to complete three comprehensive assessments involving questionnaires, computer tasks, and an interview before and after participating in the intervention, so that we can examine outcomes.

How Parents can Participate

Parents/caregivers can telephone the UNSW Parent-Child Research Clinic (02 9385 0376) and will be asked to complete a brief intake survey to determine eligibility. Families do not need a written referral from their GP, Paediatrician or another health practitioner.

Contact us for more information and to see if you’re eligible!

(02) 9385 0376 (Mention ‘Toddler trial) or