Teaching Parenting Certification Training with Physical Materials and Online Streaming Videos


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List price: $450.00
Price: $395.00


International Participants Order Download Version: Click Here for E-TPDVD01 (All electronic delivery) Download Copies of Materials and Online Streaming Videos. This package is ideal if you live in a foreign country and would like to save the international shipping charges and duties.
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 the following materials:
  • Online Video Access
  • A Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way manual
  • Positive Discipline book
  • Positive Discipline Tool Cards
  • Positive Discipline Workbook
  • Certificate upon completion

The training also includes a free one-year membership with the Positive Discipline Association for support, resources and connection with other parent educators around the world. 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.
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.
  • Money back guarantee if not satisfied.

Video Topics:

  • Meet the Trainers
  • Introduction to the Course Manual
  • Warm-up T-Shirt Activity
  • Competent Giant
  • Parking Lot and Questions
  • Brain in the Palm of the Hand
  • How to Structure a Parenting Class
  • Mistaken Goal Chart
  • Parking Lot and Questions 02
  • Parents Helping Parents
  • Top Card
  • Two Lists and Draw a Child
  • Pluses and Wishes
  • Mistaken Goal Chart and Parents Helping Parents
  • Warm Up - Squiggles
  • Misbehavior in Public
  • Fighting and the 3 Bs
  • Asking vs Telling
  • ABC Groups
  • The Change Process
  • Family Meetings
  • Routine Charts
  • Closing Activity


Mount Laurel, NJ

In a word - Amazing

I became interested in this course after seeing a big difference in parenting styles over the last 20 years. I am an administrator in a Montessori school, and had been struggling with how to help parents support their child(ren) in a way that is cohesive with our classroom expectations and ways of discipline we use. After reading a few reviews, and noticing that the course was recommended by AMS, I decided to see if this was the answer to my struggles - IT IS!!! The Positive Discipline approach is exactly what we attempt to do in school every day, and I cannot wait to start parenting workshops to finally close the gap between home and school. Thank your for making this available as an online option!!!

Posted 01/01/2024


I bought this certification course as a Bday present and wanted to take it for myself. So, while my Physical Copy cam I went through the online videos and the downloadable material and was just excited to do my course ASAP. So, I completed it overnight as I just couldn't stop watching the videos. I really learned a lot from this and this course will definitely make me a better parent. 


The way they have explained things and their way of teaching doesn't really feel like you are watching a recorded video. 

Posted 08/02/2021
Oradea, Romania

I feel empowered

I have just finished going through the course material and now I wish to start over again.

It is a deeply envolving, wonderful course, full of energy, encouriging role modeling, straightforward, user-friendly, and generally easy to handle. I was pleasantly surprised how entertaining it was.

I am definitely satisfied with my purchase and looking forward to trying my new skills with my friends and being certified!

I furthermore thank all contributors to the course, they were fantastic.

Posted 06/26/2020
Portsmouth, NH

Great Course!

I had just finished all videos and was deeply moved by Positive Discipline Parenting. Even though I don't have any children of my own, I still find that the course is very useful when teaching in high school. Because I think that family education and school education are interlinked, and Positive Discipline Parenting still can help teachers communicate with teenagers effectively and build a positive classroom where the students can learn happily.
I really appreciate it. 

Posted 06/01/2020
Independence, MO

PDPEC Review

I appreciated the videos and the information sent.  The materials were very thorough.   I love the attitude of the Jane & Lynn and how they are so willing to admit mistakes and go with it.  

Improvement suggestions: Could be filmed in HD or better quality.  It would be very nice to have page numbers next to suggested activities.  I had to spend a lot of time in the books looking up and finding the different things mentioned. I wrote them in myself once I found them, but that would be an improvement.  

Also, I would like very much to see an actual class with real parents presented by Lynn & Jane.  There were no men in the videos, and it would be good to see the classes that I would be presenting as a PDPE done for me to just watch.  

I appreciate the many things I learned in the course and especially new ways to present information to parents that make it fun, interesting and interactive.  

Thank you for all the work you have put in to this program.


Holly McLean

Posted 04/24/2020
Marilyn Hagoes


I have just begun to go through this course and so far I like it a lot. The materials are of high quality. The instructions are clear. I'm definitely happy with my purchase and look forward to studying all of the material and being certified!

Posted 03/17/2012

Online Learning

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.