Most every parent has experienced a young child’s occasional temper tantrum. But when meltdowns, testing limits, throwing things, hitting, and shoving begin to make life impossible, it’s time for an intervention. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), now available statewide through DGS, can help. It’s a short-term, evidence-based treatment in use for more than 30 years. In PCIT, both parent and child participate in treatment together. As parents learn and practice effective parenting skills, children’s behavior improves; together, the parent and child have a better relationship. PCIT is typically for children ages 2-7 with moderate to severe behavioral problems.