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Berryhill Center

Children's Services

UnityPoint Health – Berryhill Center offers behavioral health evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents. We offer school-based services and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, an evidence-based practice. Our therapy staff are trained in a variety of other therapy practices to work with children and adolescents.

School-Based Services

Our therapy staff provide counseling services to students Pre-K through 12th grade in the school setting. This allows students to get counseling who might not otherwise be able to.

This service is offered in the following counties:

  • Pocahontas
  • Calhoun
  • Webster
  • Humboldt
  • Hamilton
  • Wright

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Promoting positive parent and child relationships

Parent-Child interaction therapy is an evidenced based intervention. It was designed by Sheila Eyberg, PhD, to reduce disruptive behavior. Parent-Child interaction therapy works together with children and parents to promote a positive parent-child relationship, while decreasing child behavior problems.

How is Parent Child Interaction Therapy effective? Why choose Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

Parent-Child Interaction therapy has been well studied by scientists and has shown to decrease disruptive behavior in children ages 2-7. Examples of these disruptive behaviors include being disobedient, inattention and aggression. Parent-Child interaction therapy can also decrease disruptive behavior in children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, intellectual disability, and Autism.

Building blocks for improved behavior.

Parent-Child Interaction therapy is a two stage treatment approach. During the first stage the therapist will help the parent and child enhance their bond through positive special play time.

Parents will learn specific skills to support improved self-esteem for the child, and improve the overall mood of the child. During the second stage the therapist provides instruction to the parent on compliance training where the child learns to listen and follow the parent's instructions. Following each session, the therapist asks parents to practice the learned skills at home for just five minutes daily.

What behaviors can Parent-Child Interaction Therapy help? Who is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for?

Following each session, the therapist asks parents to practice the learned skills at home for just five minutes daily.

Children between the ages of two and seven with (but not limited to) the following problems:

  • Problem behaviors in school or day care
  • Aggression toward others including family and caregivers
  • Non-Compliance with directions or discipline
  • Frequent Temper Tantrums
  • Swearing
  • Defiance
  • Negative Attitude