Beth Troutman, PhD, clinical professor at the University of Iowa, trains therapists in Integration of Working Models of Attachment in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (IoWA-PCIT). Training is conducted in small groups (maximum of 8 therapists per trainer and maximum of 12 therapists per training group). The year long training involves a total of 64 hours of face-to-face contact and monthly consultation calls with Troutman or another IoWA-PCIT trainer. Participants learn to view parent-child intervention from the perspective of attachment theory and behaviorism. Participants learn to coach parents in two types of dyadic intervention: child directed interaction (CDI) and parent directed interaction (PDI). Participants learn to code parent and child behavior using the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS-IV) and in a clinical version of preschool attachment coding.  Participants learn to use observations of parent verbalizations and attachment to tailor their parent coaching.

Core Competencies of IoWA-PCIT therapists

In order to participate in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) training, providers must have a master’s degree or higher in the mental health field.

For more information or to schedule training in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT), contact Dr. Troutman at 319-384-3236 or


Attachment Workshop for PCIT Therapists

July 29 to 31, 2020          Online Training

Please see the registration form

The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is offering scholarships for Iowa PCIT therapists to attend this training.

Please see the scholarship application for this training here


The following individuals are designated as IoWA-PCIT Master Trainers

Kami Guzman-Milligan, MS, LMHC
Full Circle Therapy Center, LLC
Council Bluffs, IA

Julie Mertz, LMFT
Mid Iowa Family Therapy Clinic, Inc./Institute for Therapy and Psychological Solutions, LLC
Windsor Heights, IA

Katie J. Obert, LMFT, M.A.
Institute for Therapy and Psychological Solutions, LLC
Windsor Heights, IA

Beth Troutman, PhD, ABPP
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA

Nicole Van Ginkel, MSW, LISW
Seasons Center for Behavioral Health
Sheldon, IA 51201
1-800-242-5101 ext. 1207

Tracy Vozar, PhD
University of Denver
Denver, CO