Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Preschoolers on the Autism Spectrum

Presenters:  Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D., and Christopher Owen, B.S.

Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Child program at West Virginia University.  Her clinical and research interests are focused on program development and evaluation, specifically with regard to abusive parenting practices and managing the disruptive behaviors of young children in both the home and school settings.  Dr. McNeil has co-authored several books (e.g., Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Second Edition, PCIT-Toddler, Handbook of PCIT for Children with ASD, Short-Term Play Therapy for Disruptive Children), a continuing education package (Working with Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children), a classroom management program (The Tough Class Discipline Kit), and a Psychotherapy DVD for the American Psychological Association (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy).  She has a line of research studies examining the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Teacher Child Interaction Training across a variety of settings and populations, including over 100 research articles and chapters related to the importance of intervening early with young children displaying disruptive behaviors.  Dr. McNeil is a master trainer for PCIT International and has disseminated PCIT to agencies and therapists in many states and countries, including Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

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