Applying Evidence-Based Practices in Real-World Settings:  Teacher-Child Interaction Training–Universal (TCIT-U) as an Exemplar
Karen S. Budd, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Psychology, DePaul University, discussed the adverse consequences of early disruptive behaviors on children's social-emotional functioning and school readiness have been well documented. Disruptive behaviors impair teacher-child relationships and teachers' abilities to foster children's skill development. This presentation described the historical background, findings, and lessons learned from research collaborating with local school partners to implement a universal prevention program called Teacher-Child Interaction Training–Universal. The approach involves training local school social workers and other qualified school professionals as TCIT-U coaches, so they can provide continuing delivery of in-vivo communication as teachers try out new skills.

Photos by Lloyd DeGrane.