Linking Families And Communities To Invest Over $37,000 To Bring Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) To Webster, Calhoun And Pocahontas Counties

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The funding for a behavioral disorder therapy called PCIT will be provided by Linking Families and Communities. A partnership with Unity Point - Berryhill Center will allow twelve local therapists to be trained in the program that directly involves parents in the child's treatment.

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"Our recent Iowa Model Status Award assists us with securing grants and funding for training programs that benefit our counties we serve," states Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities.

Linking Families and Communities is investing over $37,000 in training on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) which is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders. It places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

With these funds, young children will have therapy options in the Calhoun, Pocahontas and Webster County area due to a new partnership between Linking Families and Communities and Unity Point - Berryhill Center. The new option, Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), is evidence based for children ages 2-7 years of age that have been diagnosed with behavioral disorders. The therapy is unique as it directly involves parents in the child’s therapy. During PCIT, the therapist works with the child and his/her parents/guardians coaching the parent during special play as well as how to deal with disruptive behavior. Much of the treatment is done through a two-way mirror where the therapist teaches and coaches the parents.

Linking Families and Communities’ investment will be used to provide intensive training to twelve local therapists that serve children, age 5 and younger. Therapists from Unity Point – Berryhill Center, Children & Families of Iowa and Families First will participate in a week-long training as conducted by the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine during the first week of June.

Together, Linking Families and Communities and Unity Point Health – Berryhill Center believe that providing early behavioral health interventions for children will change the trajectory of many of these children’s lives and will have a generational impact on our community.

"Our recent Iowa Model Status Award assists us with securing grants and funding for training programs that benefit our counties we serve. It also allows us to partner with area organizations to assist their staff in learning new therapy skills and services," states Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities.

Linking Families and Communities is located at 822 Central Avenue, Suite 340, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Additional information is available by calling 515-955-5437 or visiting the website at http://www.linking-families.com.

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