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 - February 2024/May 2024

Beth Troutman, PhD, ABPP, ECMH-E

Kelly Pelzel, PhD

Iowa City, IA

February 26 to March 1, 2024 - PCIT Training Part 1

May 15 to 17, 2024 - PCIT Training Part 2

Please see the registration form


IoWA-PCIT Training - March 2024/September 2024

Beth Troutman, PhD, ABPP, ECMH-E

Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 25 to 29, 2024 - PCIT Training Part 1

September 25 to 27, 2024 - PCIT Training Part 2

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

Kelly L. Elliott, Ph.D., IMH-E
The Graduate School of Professional Psychology
University of Denver
Denver, CO

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

Atsuko Hanley, Psy.D., LMFT
Connecting Hearts Psychology, PLLC
Denver, CO
(720) 772-9607

Julie Mertz, LMFT
Ampersand Holistic Wellness
Des Moines, IA

Mandy Moody, LISW
Trauma Recovery Services of Eastern Iowa
Muscatine, IA

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

Bre-Ann Slay, PsyD, MA
Lea Summit, Missouri

Wendy Jea Theis, LMSW, LIMHP, LCSW
Private Practice
Omaha, NE

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
Clinical Director Perinatal Behavioral Health
Developing Brain Institute
Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Children's National Hospital
Washington, DC
(202) 476-2853