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For many years we have wondered how we could provide training for people who are unable to attend our live 2-day workshops. The video training includes experiential activities so you can at least watch others participating in the activities and learning to teach the activities. Then you can practice the activities with friends or a “practice group.”
Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott have completed a video training that includes 6 1/2 hours filmed at a live training and requires about 6 1/2 hours of homework to practice the skills in order to receive a certificate as a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. At the end of this training, you will be ready to lead parenting classes and/or improve your skills as a parent educator regardless of the setting in which you work (counseling office, pre-school, etc.)
A Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator certificate will be awarded to you once the Answer Sheet is completed in a Word.doc/docx format. You will receive an email with feedback and a certificate signed by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott. The work involved to complete the answer sheet (14 questions) takes an additional 5 1/2 hours above and beyond watching the videos because it includes practicing some of the experiential activities and the Parents Helping Parents Problem-Solving Steps with friends.
The training includes a free one-year membership with the Positive Discipline Association so you will have support and resources and also be able to connect with other parent educators. https://www.positivediscipline.org
CE Credit Information
Course meets qualifications for 13 hours Continuing Education. Positive Discipline has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No. 6723. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Positive Discipline is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
The training includes the following materials:
Online Video Access
A Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way manual
Positive Discipline book (E-Book options available through the publisher.)
Positive Discipline Tool Cards
Positive Discipline Workbook
Certificate upon completion
A hallmark of the Positive Discipline workshops (and classes) is experiential activities. Role-playing is the most profound way to learn, not only in your head, but also in your heart and gut. Participating in experiential activities and role-playing is the best way to “get into the child’s world” to understand what children are thinking, feeling, and deciding in response to the discipline methods used with them. How else can we really understand the long-term effects of discipline methods? Even parents who initially resist role-playing soon discover how much more they learn when they participate (or at least watch others role-playing). They soon give up their resistance and enjoy the fun and deep learning from experiential activities.
Another hallmark of Positive Discipline workshops is how much participants learn from each other. You will learn how to avoid long lectures and invite participants to share what they are learning from “getting into the child’s world” through the experiential activities. The insights they share with each other is much more meaningful and heartfelt than any lectures they could hear from “experts.”
Another great hallmark of Positive Discipline parenting classes that you will learn is the Parents Helping Parents Problem-Solving-Steps. During each parenting class, a volunteer parent shares a specific challenge with a child and you, the facilitator, lead the parent through a 14 step process that includes role-playing to “get into the child’s world,” and involves the whole group to brainstorm for solutions. This is very empowering to everyone one. The volunteer then chooses one suggestion and role-plays practicing it, or being the child to experience what the suggestion “feels” like to the child. This soon becomes the favorite part of every parenting class where all the Positive Discipline tools come together for practical application for “real” challenges.
The disadvantage is that video training cannot provide the same energy as participating in a live workshop.
The advantages are:
Videos you can watch over and over. (If you give the videos your full attention, and practice with friends, you can come close to "being there.")
Can do on your own time schedule (especially beneficial for people with small children or a busy schedule)
Save travel expenses (airfare, hotel, food) if you can't find training near you.
Positive Discipline offers online learning options for parents, teachers, and parent educators. Learn in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. You have unlimited access to our online streaming programs, so you can watch and re-watch the videos as often as you like.