Internet-Parent Child Interaction Therapy

Karitane responded to COVID-19 with a 100% digital transformation of services and with the release of the Australian Government’s “3-Step Recovery Plan” we have re-introduced face-to-face services. We offer both face-to-face and virtual services and our team work with families to match the right service and delivery depending on each family’s individual needs. For our COVID-19 update see here. As COVID-19 continues to put increased pressure on the health system we don't require a GP/health professional referral. Access for parents still remains easier than ever, parents can self-refer on-line here.

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.

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

A referral is required from your General Practitioner, Paediatrician, Child and Family Health Nurse or any other health professional using a Karitane Referral.  Once we receive this referral, we will phone you to discuss our service and if appropriate book your initial appointment.


This is a free health service to the community.

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