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Advanced Candidate Training Checklist

If you are a Positive Discipline Certified Educator, you can become a Certified Trainer to faciliate Certification Workshops in one or more of the following Core Areas: 

  1. TP - Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
  2. PDC - Positive Discipline in the Classroom
  3. ECE - Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators

To become certified as a Trainer there is a process that involves a wide range of participation in field work and professional development which you need to document to qualify for an Advanced Candidate Training (ACT). 


WHAT IS AN ADVANCED CANDIDATE TRAINING (ACT)?

Advanced Candidate Training is a 4-day workshop (or online series) facilitated by Positive Discipline Lead Trainers. The learning objective is to prepare Trainer Candidates to facilitate Positive Discipline Certification Core Workshops. To attend, there is a process of preparation that culminates in this workshop. Each ACT has a cohort of only 12 participants.

Note: It takes time and diligence to develop true mastery of facilitation skills and a deep understanding of Positive Discipline. The amount of time to complete the process of Advanced Training will vary depending on your background and individual life and/or professional experience. This process takes a minimum of 12 months.


WHAT IS A TRAINER CANDIDATE?

A Trainer Candidate is a Positive Discipline Certified Educator in one of three Positive Discipline Core Workshops (listed above) going through the process of completing a series of steps to be considered to attend an Advanced Candidate Training. 


TO GET STARTED


____ Complete Trainer Candidate Application.

____ Get a Trainer Candidate Level Membership.  Note: The PDA will invoice you upon approval of your application.

____ Once your invoice is paid, you will be announced in the PDA Newsletter as a new Trainer Candidate with your photo and contact
information. 


RECOMMENDATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS


GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS


____ Attend Positive Discipline Conferences and Think Tanks.

____ Participate regularly in LIVE Interactive Online Virtual Mentor Groups.

____ Read as many Positive Discipline books as possible.

____ Read Adler, Dreikurs, and other Adlerian resources.

____ Attend an Art of Facilitation workshop.

____ Submit all required materials for approval in a timely and professional fashion.


REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CERTIFICATIONS

____ The PDA will only send Trainer Candidate files for final review when ALL required documentation has been submitted.

____ Maintain an active Trainer Candidate Level Membership for a minimum of one year before applying to attend an ACT. 

____ Submit a written reflection on Jane Nelsen's original Positive Discipline book (available in multiple languages).

____ Submit a written reflection on a book by Alfred Adler or Rudolf Dreikurs reflecting on one or two key principles or ideas. 

____ Completion of a TP and a minimum of ONE other Core Workshop (ECE or PDC) depending on your training objectives and
interests.

____ Request written recommendation letters from two people who know your Positive Discipline work. These could be from a
Mentor, Trainer, Lead Trainer, or people you have worked with. Written recommendations should be sent by those individuals
directly to act@positivediscipline.org.


REQUIREMENTS BY CERTIFICATION

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (TP): 

____ Facilitate parenting classes (a minimum of THREE 6-week series is required). 

  • At least EIGHT attendees per series.
  • Why 6-week series? Because you need to experience exactly what you will be training others to do. It also give you the opportunity to work with parents from week to week as they learn and apply Positive Discipline. While a minimum of THREE 6-week series of classes is required, we recommend that you acquire as much experience as possible before applying for an ACT.


    ____ Include Parents Helping Parents (PHP) in EVERY session within EACH 6-week series.

    ____ Submit the following documents for EACH 6-week series:

    ____ Participant Evaluations Word or PDF 

    ____ Face Sheet (Summary)  Word or PDF

    ____ Agenda - For sample agendas go to Educator Homepage

    ____ Sign-In Sheets that reflect attendance at EACH class. 


    Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC)

    Requirements for Teachers Working in Their Own Classrooms: This extensive process involves teaching the Essential Skills for a Positive Discipline Classroom, Essential Skills for Class Meetings, and facilitating Class Meetings on a regular basis. This includes using an agenda and working with students on problem solving as well as follow up on prior solutions. This process would be expected to run the course of a school year.

    ____ PDC Evaluation form completed by a direct supervisor, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, or Certified Positive
    Discipline Lead Trainer: Word or PDF

    ____ Face Sheet (Summary) detailing times, location, and dates of classroom work: Word or PDF

    ____ Journal your reflections over time. You can submit using this Online Form or Word document.


    Requirements for Applicants Working in Other Teachers' Classrooms:  
    This extensive process involves teaching the Essential Skills for a Positive Discipline Classroom*, Essential Skills for Class Meetings, and facilitating Class Meetings on a regular basis. This includes using an agenda and working with students on problem solving as well as follow up on prior solutions. This entire process should take place in a minimum of two different classrooms** and expected to run the course of a school year working consistently with the same of group of students.*

    ____ PDC Evaluation form completed by each teacher in a minimum of two classrooms: Word or PDF

    ____ Face Sheet (Summary) detailing times, location, and dates of classroom work: Word or PDF

    ____ Journal your reflections over time. You can submit using this Online Form or Word document

    *The word “classroom” here is intended to have a broad application. A classroom may be a public or private grade school classroom, an afternoon program classroom, a day or residential treatment program setting, a childcare classroom, or a preschool classroom. Other group settings not listed here may be considered appropriate as well.**The goal is that all essential activities be taught at least twice or until applicants feel confident with the material prior to attending ACT or requesting co-leading of two core workshops. (PDA pre-approved)

    Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators (ECE)

    Requirements for Applicants with Professional Experience or a Degree in the Field of Early Childhood: 

    ____ Resume to reflect work exprience OR diploma

    ____ Submit a written reflection on Positive Discipline for Preschoolers OR Positive Discipline - The First Three Years (available in multiple
    languages).

    Requirements for Applicants without Professional Experience or a Degree in the Field of Early Childhood: These applicants are required to observe or work in an Early Childhood setting for a minimum of 30 hours. This experience must be documented. 

    ____ Submit a complete ACT Observation Form over the course of 30 hours.

    ____ Submit a written reflection on Positive Discipline for Preschoolers OR Positive Discipline - The First Three Years (available in multiple
    languages).


    AFTER ALL DOCUMENTATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED AND REVIEWED

    ____ Virtual Interview (Interpretation available) - The most qualified candidates will be selected. 

    All forms can be found at here.

    ALL CRITERIA ARE REVIEWED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. ANY VARIATION TO THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE PRE-APPROVED.


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    E-Mail: ACT@positivediscipline.org • Web: www.positivediscipline.org
    Last Updated: August 10, 2017


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