NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scales

NCAST Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding Scales


What is the NCAST PCI training?

The PCI Scales are the most widely used scales for measuring parent-child interaction today. They are a reliable and valid means of observing and rating caregiver-child interaction for the purpose of assessing a dyad’s strengths and areas needing improvement.

The feeding interactions occur over 2000 times in the first year of a child’s life. The PCI Feeding scales provide practitioners with objective data to direct interventions and support positive caregiver/child interactions.

The scales are widely used in both clinical practice and research with families and young children and are widely used as pre and post-test measures, contain a well-developed set of observable behaviours that describe the caregiver-child communication and interaction during a feeding situation, birth to 12 months of life.

Who Should Attend?

Nurses, psychologists, social workers, physicians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, early childhood teachers and researchers who work with young children and their families.

Over 3 days attendees are able to:
  • Describe behaviours the caregiver and child bring to the feeding interaction and the contingency of their responses to one another
  • Describe huger and satiation cues and provide caregivers with evidence based information to enhance the feeding interactions
  • Easily identify strengths as well as areas that may need improvement
  • Assess concerns early in the feeding interactions at a point when intervention will be most effective
  • Be able to plan the most direct and effective ways to help parents with their infants and young children
  • Have potentially gained 85% reliability in rating parent-child feeding interactions. Final reliability scales completed on Day 3 are sent to NCAST, USA, for assessment
Workshop Prerequisites:

Have a certificate to the Keys to Caregiving program through class or hold a certificate in infant mental health.

Training Details:


Consists of 3 one day seminars:

13th, 14th & 15th December 2021

9:00am – 4:30pm


Tweddle Child & Family Health Service

53 Adelaide Street, Footscray 3011


$1300 +bf (early bird)*

$1385 + bf (general admission)*

*Cost includes all handouts/study guides etc.


Lunch & snacks will be provided, please email dietary requirements to


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