*Washington State PCIT 2020 Speaker Series (Full Series Pass)*, Online, Friday, 24. July 2020

This ticket includes admission to all four speakers (Girard, Masse, McNeil, & Abner) at a discounted price. See below for details.

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Friday, July 24th, 8:30am-2:45pm - Emma Girard, PsyD

Helping with Big Feelings: Implementing Emotion Regulation Strategies from PCIT-Toddlers

Dr. Girard’s workshop will describe novel components for the special needs of toddlers, and children experiencing "big feelings," including specific procedures for promoting the attachment relationship and emotion regulation in both the caregivers and children. Central to the model is the understanding that difficult behaviors in toddlers and young children are often a sign of emotion dysregulation rather than deliberate defiance. It is with the assistance of a nurturing and sensitive caregiver that the child's capacity to manage emotion develops. This course will review, describe and present skills to teach emotion regulation, which are labeled "CARES" developed from PCIT-Toddler.


Emma Girard, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the University of California Riverside, School of Medicine. She is one of the developers of the PCIT-Toddler protocol and is a co-author of the 1st edition of the handbook Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Toddlers: Improving Attachment and Emotion Regulation.

Friday, August 28th, 8:30am-2:45pm - Josh Masse, PhD

Home is where the PRIDE is: An overview of In-Home PCIT

Dr. Masse’s workshop will focus on the empirical and clinical aspects of in-home PCIT. As PCIT therapists lose some degree of control in a home-based setting, some modifications may be necessary for successful implementation while maintaining the treatment’s core components. This workshop will serve as a “how to” in implementing PCIT in the home. Participants will engage in a dialogue focused on challenges and solutions of this delivery model.


Joshua Masse, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and is the director of PCIT & Young Child Services at Boston Child Study Center. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth.

Thursday, September 17th, 8:30am-2:45pm - Cheryl McNeil, PhD

Mastering the Nuances of PDI

Dr. McNeil’s workshop focuses on advanced techniques in training caregivers in PDI, including strategies for enhancing buy-in and explaining how to roll out the program strategically to increase consistency, predictability and follow through. PDI coding and coaching skills will be taught to participants through role play, videotape review, and experiential exercises. Adaptations of PDI for special populations (e.g., children on the autism spectrum, foster care populations, older children) will be presented.


Cheryl McNeil, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Dr. McNeil co-authored the 2nd Edition of the Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy as well as the two new texts detailing PCIT for autism and for toddlers.

Friday, October 9th, 8:30am-2:45pm - John Paul Abner, PhD

Coaching for a Connection: Parent Child Interaction Therapy for Children with ASD

Dr. Abner’s workshop will support learners to identify trends in current research regarding PCIT and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and discuss coaching principles that will aid in conducting PCIT with children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Abner will identify and review tailoring strategies for conducting CDI & PDI with children on the spectrum and discuss environmental considerations for working with children on the spectrum,identifying strategies to help expand children’s play using PCIT.


John Paul Abner, Ph.D., is the Director of PCIT Training for the North-East Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody and conducted some of the initial research applying PCIT to children on the autism spectrum.

A certificate of attendance will be emailed within two weeks of each workshop. The State of Washington Children’s Administration Training/Consultation contract does not support CEUs.

Friday, 24. July 2020, Online, *Washington State PCIT 2020 Speaker Series (Full Series Pass)*

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