Episode 289 - PC-Care: In-Home PCIT Intervention for Children: Lindsay Armendariz, M.S. & Brandi Hawk, Ph.D.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 9:23:51 AM

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In this episode, Lindsay Armendariz and Brandi Hawk discuss Parent-Child Care (PC-Care), a brief intervention designed to respond to the needs of parents, foster parents and children in the child welfare system. They will tell you how they assessed the climate and needs of the foster care system in Sacramento County, CA, conducted research and responded with an adapted intervention - PC-Care. Implications for placement stability and other outcomes are described.

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Average Rating: 4stars  informative review of pc care, Tuesday, February 02, 2021

By Kirsten Mellinger :

This podcast was an informative look at how EBP interventions can be successfully modified to reach a larger target population. Evidenced based interventions such as PCIT have been shown to be very effective in reducing children's externalizing behaviors and to improve caregiver- child relationships. However very few families can afford the financial and time costs associated with a 15-20 session intervention. Both Lindsay Armendariz and Brandi Hawk discuss how retention is greatly increased with the shortened treatment protocol. Preliminary evidence indicates that outcomes are similar to the longer traditional treatment plan and that there are other surprising elements in the data.
It seems that PC care has been developed to help the most caregiver-child dyads possible while still retaining effectiveness. The interviewees also address how they are collecting further data moving forward so that this program may become an evidence based practice. I appreciated that both interviewees were very clear and practical in their discussion of this promising intervention.
The discussion piqued my interest enough that I plan to pursue more information on the promising model. In particular the fact that the model has been expanded to include non therapeutic providers may be a key component to making it more accessible to families in the child welfare system.
I appreciate the existence of the podcast to keep social workers up to date on what is currently happening in different areas of the country. The sharing of ideas that we may not encounter in our own personal day to day work surely benefits the clients that we serve. The podcast describes a simple, practical adaptation to make a treatment more effective and applicable to our country's most vulnerable families. It gives me hope that despite limited resources change in the child welfare system is possible.

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