University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Evidence-Based Child and Adolescent Therapy Trainings

The following trainings are sponsored by the University of Iowa Division of Child and Community Health with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program. All trainings will be offered virtually and at no cost to participants. Those interested must complete an application for each training using the links below. Contact with questions.

IoWA Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

This year long training provides mental health providers with the training and consultation needed to deliver IoWA-PCIT. Providers learn:

  1. To administer and interpret standardized assessments of parent-child interaction based on attachment and behavior principles
  2. To administer and interpret standardized assessments of disruptive behavior
  3. To coach parents in Child-Directed Interaction (CDI) and Parent-Directed Interaction (PDI).

Providers begin delivering IoWA-PCIT following Part I of the training (February 20-24, 2023). Monthly consultation calls and Part II of the training (June 14-16) will provide support for implementing IoWA-PCIT and tailoring coaching based on attachment, presenting problems, and other aspects of the patient population

PCIT is a family- centered treatment approach for children ages 2–7 with disruptive behavior and has also been used with abused and at-risk children ages 2–12. PCIT is a hands-on treatment to help children listen and behave better. Therapists and caregivers work as a team to conquer behavior problems in a practical yet unique way.

Participants must have a Master's degree or higher in the mental health field. Training will be limited to 12 participants.

About the Trainer

Beth Troutman, PhD, ABPP has more than 35 years of research, clinical, and training experience in infant and early childhood mental health. Dr. Troutman is the founder and creator of IoWA-PCIT, an adaptation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy that incorporates attachment and behavioral principles to improve parent-child interactions and reduce disruptive behavior. Dr. Troutman's research on attachment, infant mental health, and IoWA-PCIT has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international meetings. Her book, Integrating Behaviorism and Attachment Theory in Parent Coaching, published by Springer in 2015, has been widely read by researchers and mental health providers. Her book Attachment-Informed Parent Coaching, was published by Springer in 2022. All training participants will receive a training manual and a copy of Dr. Troutman's 2022 book.

This training is currently full.

To add your name to the waiting list click here.


Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - May 18-19, 2023

Evidence-based treatment for children ages 3-18 and their families or caregivers. Trainings are for Masters or Doctoral level mental health clinicians who work with children and adolescents who have been exposed to trauma and exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Training Requirements:

  • Completion of the TF-CBT Web online course.
  • Completion of the two-day virtual live clinical training.
  • Participation in consultation call series with approved TF-CBT trainer/consultant. Each clinician must have a trauma caseload at the start of the consultation calls.

This training is currently full.

Click here to add your name to the waiting list.

About the Trainer

Kelly Wilson, LCSW, is a clinician, consultant and trainer working in Madison, WI. She has over 20 years experience in children’s mental health specializing in the treatment of child traumatic stress. Kelly has worked extensively with children in therapeutic foster care and in the outpatient treatment setting.

Parent Management Training - April 20, 2023

This training helps to change how a child responds in interpersonal situations at home, at school, and in the community with teachers, parents, peers, and siblings.This treatment uses learning-based procedures to develop behavior and includes modeling, positive reinforcement, and repeated rehearsal. Part 1 will include training in the Kazdin method through online modules that must be completed prior to the Zoom session. Part 2 will be be held via Zoom on April 20, 2023.

Participants must have a Master's degree or higher in the mental health field. Training will be limited to 20 participants.

About the Trainers

Part 2 will be delivered by Jen Kuhle, PhD, BCBA-D and Sara Wise, PhD, both of whom are Clinical Psychologists at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

This training is currently full.

To add your name to the waiting list click here.


Unified Protocol for Children and Adolescents - July 13-14, 2023

This training draws from years of clinical work and research on cognitive behavioral therapy with children and adolescents, packaged in an easy to use and flexible format that includes materials for individual and group therapy as well as sessions with parents. Considered to be part of the "next wave" of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents, this training uses techniques familiar to those trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. It is a departure from disorder-specific treatments of various emotional disorders and is designed to be applicable to all anxiety and unipolar mood disorders.

Participants must have a Master's degree or higher in the mental health field. Training will be limited to 20 participants.

About the Trainer

Jill Ehrenreich-May, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami and one of the developers of this protocol.

Click here to register for this training.


Continuing Education Units

Documentation of hours of attendance will be available.