Internet-Parent Child Interaction Therapy

We are excited to announce our specialised toddler clinic is now offering parent child interaction therapy to families across NSW using video based teleconferencing. 

In PCIT trained therapists provide direct live coaching to parents during parent-child play sessions, to teach new skills aimed at improving the quality of the parent-child relationship. Using video-based teleconference technology, I-PCIT therapists located at the Karitane toddler clinic in Sydney deliver PCIT to families from across NSW, in their own homes. The I-PCIT service breaks down geographical barriers and ensures that all NSW families can access specialised parenting support and intervention, including those from rural areas.

Watch our coverage on Health Leader TV: Innovation & Technology to learn more about how Karitane is pioneering digital innovation in child and family health and accelerating access for families across Australia here.

Who uses internet-parent child interaction therapy?

Families in rural or regional NSW with children displaying behaviour problems, these include:

  • Physical and verbal aggression
  • Non-compliance
  • Over-activity
  • Tantrums
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Anxiety and withdrawal

The average treatment program is 6 to 12 weekly sessions for 1 hour. Regular attendance and daily practise of the skills at home are necessary for you and your child to obtain the best results.


Age range

Families with children 15 months to 4 years.

Benefits of I-PCIT

What to expect

The initial appointment will be for 2 hours and we will use that time to discuss your current concerns. Your child/children will attend this appointment and will be free to play throughout. We encourage partners to attend as often two parents in the same home have different ideas about the same behaviours. With your consent, during this appointment we like to complete a short play task that will be recorded. While this is not a condition for inclusion in the program, it helps us to see how your child plays and how they moves through different tasks.


What you need

  • An internet connection
  • A desktop, tablet or smartphone with video-cam
  • A quiet place in your home for appointments with a selection of toys for the child.
  • Your child’s “My Personal Health Record (blue book)
  • The questionnaire that will be sent to you upon acceptance into the progra


How to start the process/ what to do first

In this new normal access for parents remains easier than ever, parents can self-refer on-line here. A referral from a health professional, such as your doctor or a child and family health nurse is also accepted, to find your local child and family health centre, contact HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.

We are a COVID safe organisation and the safety and wellbeing of children and their families is always our highest priority. Our COVID-19 update is here.



This is a free health service to the community.

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