Therapist coaching (i.e., in vivo feedback) of parent behaviors is a core component of parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). Coaching allows therapists to teach and reinforce parenting behaviors in the moment that they occur. Until recently, limited research had investigated the types of coaching skills that were associated with improved parent skill development and engagement in treatment. This chapter will review efforts to date to measure and evaluate the role of therapist-parent interactions on PCIT using the Therapist-Parent Interaction Coding System (TPICS). The TPICS measures the types of coaching techniques therapists use (e.g., modeling a skill, praising the parent's skill use) and the parent behaviors targeted (e.g., behavior descriptions, questions). Coaching techniques are categorized as being directive (i.e., telling a parent what to do) or responsive (i.e., reinforcing a parent's behavior). Based on the research on therapist-parent interactions, recommendations will be made on how the assessment of therapist behaviors can be used to improve training and supervision in PCIT.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Innovations and Applications for Research and Practice|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - Nov 10 2018|