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Sanity Podcast with Dr.’s Kate Gibson and Corey Lieneman

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On this 2-episode series of Sanity, a CBT Podcast, Dr. Jason Duncan speaks to Dr.’s Kate Gibson and Corey Lieneman about the fundamentals of Parent Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), emphasizing its effectiveness in rectifying disruptive behaviors in children. Learn about developing positive parent-child relationships and adapting PCIT for various disorders.

In episode 1, the doctors discuss PCIT — A versatile therapy that focuses on improving the parent-child relationship to rectify disruptive behaviors in children. Offering an overview of the therapy, they highlight the different procedures and consequences that are involved in changing these behaviors. 


In the second episode, Dr.’s Gibson and Lineman provide an in-depth discussion on the PCIT protocol for older children (mid-elementary to late elementary age). Also explained are specific techniques, and how they’re gradually introduced to shape behavior, using rewards to keep children invested in the therapeutic process. 


Related Information

What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of treatment that is based firmly on research findings.  It places emphasis on changing your cognitions (thoughts) or behaviors (actions) in order to effect change in how you feel. These approaches help people in achieving specific changes or goals.

Changes or goals might involve:

A way of acting: like smoking less or being more outgoing;
A way of feeling: like helping a person to be less scared, less depressed, or less anxious;
A way of thinking: like learning to problem-solve or get rid of self-defeating thoughts;
A way of dealing with physical or medical problems: like reducing back pain or helping a person stick to a doctor’s suggestions.

Cognitive behavioral therapists usually focus more on the current situation and its solution, rather than the past. They concentrate on a person’s views and beliefs about their life. CBT is an effective treatment for individuals, parents, children, couples, and families. The goal of CBT is to help people improve and gain more control over their lives by changing behaviors that don’t work well to ones that do.

How to Get Help

If you are looking for help, either for yourself or someone else, you may be tempted to call someone who advertises in a local publication or who comes up from a search of the Internet. You may, or may not, find a competent therapist in this manner. It is wise to check on the credentials of a psychotherapist. It is expected that competent therapists hold advanced academic degrees. They should be listed as members of professional organizations, such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies or the American Psychological Association. Of course, they should be licensed to practice in your state. You can find competent specialists who are affiliated with local universities or mental health facilities or who are listed on the websites of professional organizations. You may, of course, visit our website ( and click on “Find a CBT Therapist”

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition. These aims are achieved through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.