PCIT Room Setup

The basic set-up for PCIT rooms will include a one-way mirror, side by side rooms (therapy room, obsrevation room, and barrier room), an adult sized table with two chairs to accommodate a caregiver and child, an adult sized sturdy time out chair and at least three choices of appropriate toys. Average-sized treatment rooms are preferred rather than larger conference rooms. A sound system (microphone and amplifier) is necessary to hear the interaction between caregiver and child while you stand on the other side of the one way mirror in the observation room, and a "hearing helper" system will be necessary for speaking to the caregiver through a microphone and earpiece device (bug-in-the-ear). A timer is important when coding the caregiver on skill level each week.Videotaping sessions also allows for session review by consultant or supervisor, your review of caregiver skill level, and as a reference as the sessions progress. A barrier room (or "time out" room) is preferred but not required. A barrier room is ideally approximately 4X6 feet or so - no smaller than 4X4 and no larger than a small office - and it must have adequate light. When designing a barrier room consider having a "dutch door" cut off approximately 5 feet high and/or a safety glass window into the timeout room to permit visual contact.


A preliminary list of necessary equipment includes:

  • Therapy Room
  • Observation room
  • Barrier room (time-out room)
  • One way mirror between coaching and therapy room
  • Sound system (microphone and amplifier)
  • Adult sized table and three chairs (one will be the time-out chair)
  • Appropriate toys (a selection of PCIT-appropriate toys, including toys for younger and older children available)
  • LCD Timer
  • Hearing helper (bug-in-the-ear)
  • Video camera with tripod (DVD or mini-DVD strongly preferred)
  • Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI) Forms (one per week per caregiver)

To download the above information and ordering information, click here for some suggestions for equipment/sources. If you have any questions about which equipment is best for your agency, please feel free to contact us. Although we may not be able to answer really technical questions, we may be able to help you trouble-shoot.