Beth Troutman, PhD, clinical professor at the University of Iowa, is the founder of the University of Iowa Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) research and training program. She developed an adaptation of PCIT in 2013 that incorporates aspects of attachment theory and interventions based on attachment theory into PCIT. She currently provides training on Integration of Working Models of Attachment in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (IoWA-PCIT). In addition, she has trained a number of experienced IoWA-PCIT therapists to train other therapists in IoWA-PCIT. IoWA-PCIT training is conducted in small group trainings (maximum of 8 therapists per trainer and maximum of 12 therapists per training group). The year long training involves a total of 52 hours of face-to-face or synchronous online training. Participants learn to view parent-child interactions 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 verbalizations and child compliance using the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS-IV). Participants also learn to use verbal and nonverbal observations of parent-child interactions to understand the quality of the dyad's attachment.  Participants learn to use observations of parent-child interactions, 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


IoWA-PCIT Training

June 7 - 11, 2021 - PCIT Training Part I - Online Training

September 20 - 22, 2021 - PCIT Training Part II - Online Training

Please see the registration form


The following individuals are designated as IoWA-PCIT trainers

Samantha Byrns, MSEd, LIMHP
Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children
Center on Children Families and the Law
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE

Stacie Daily, LMHC, CADC
Plains Area Mental Health Center
Carroll, IA

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

Joanna Halbur, LIMFT, RPT
Director of Mental Health Services
Project Harmony
Omaha, NE

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

Nikki Van Ginkel, MSW, LISW
Restore Therapy & Counseling
Sioux Center, IA

Tracy Vozar, PhD
University of Denver
Denver, CO