Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

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  • Training

    Beth Troutman, PhD, clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa, trains providers across the Midwest in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). Training is typically conducted in small groups (maximum of 8 therapists per trainer) and involves a total of 56 hours of face-to-face contact and two monthly consultation calls with Troutman. Participants learn about child directed interaction (CDI) and parent directed interaction (PDI). They also learn to code parent and child behavior using the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS-IV) and to coach parents in conducting child directed interaction (CDI) and parent directed interaction (PDI) with their child.

    In order to participate in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) training, providers must have a master’s degree or higher in the mental health field.

    University of Iowa PCIT therapist requirements

    University of Iowa PCIT trainer requirements 

    For more information or to schedule training in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), contact Dr. Troutman at 319-384-3236 or

    Training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy – February 2015

    Openings are available for mental health provider training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy at the University of Iowa beginning in February, 2015.

    The training program includes the following:

    • Five full-day initial training sessions (40 hours), which will be held February 2 – 6, 2015 in Iowa City
    • Twice monthly telephone consultations for one year
    • Two full-day advanced training sessions (16 hours), which will be held July 16 & 17, 2015 in Iowa City

    For more information, please view the Training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy registration form.

    Powerpoints and handouts from 2nd Biennial University of Iowa PCIT Tune-Up, April 28 & 29, 2014

    Dr. Troutman has trained the following PCIT therapists to train providers in PCIT:

    Leesa Dzuris, LMHP
    Nebraska Children's Home Society
    Omaha, NE

    Kami Guzman, MS, LMHC
    Full Circle Therapy Center, LLC
    Council Bluffs, IA

    Kelli Slagle Radermacher, MS, LMHC, LMHP
    Choices Counseling & Consulting, Inc.
    Council Bluffs, IA/Omaha, NE

    Nicole Van Ginkel, MSW, LISW
    Seasons Center for Behavioral Health
    Sheldon, IA 51201
    1-800-242-5101 ext. 1207

    Rebecca Whitlock, LMHC, NCC, IADC 
    Parkview Psychological Services
    Sioux City, IA, 51104
    712-239-1111 ext. 12 

    Kerry Wiles, LMHC, IADC, LIMHP
    Heartland Family Service
    2101 S. 42nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68105
    Phone: 402-552-7464
    Fax: 402-552-7444
    Heartland Family Service Website

    Claire Wofford, MSW