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CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

  1. Educator / Facilitator*
    • Parent Educator 
    • Classroom Educator 
    • Early Childhood Educator
  2. Trainer Candidate
  3. Trainer
  4. Lead Trainer

Below you will find a comprehensive overview of our certification options:

  1. Educator / Facilitator
  • Parent Educator

A Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator has successfully completed intensive training in person or online in Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way. Upon completion, they are encouraged to teach parenting classes using the manuals of experiential exercises and books from the Positive Discipline series. These Certified Parent Educators:

    - teach parenting classes.

    - may provide short seminars or introductory presentations on Positive Discipline parenting principles.

    - who are licensed therapists or coaches may integrate basic Positive Discipline principles into the
      framework of their practice. 

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    • Classroom Educator

    A Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator has successfully completed intensive training in person or online in Positive Discipline in the Classroom. Upon completion, they are encouraged to use Positive Discipline in their classrooms using the experiential activities from the Positive Discipline in the Classroom Teacher's Guide and books from the Positive Discipline series. These Certified Classroom Educators:


    - use Positive Discipline in their own classroom or school setting.

    - may facilitate Teachers Helping Teachers Problem Solving Steps with their colleagues in
      their school setting or share about Positive Discipline in faculty meetings.

    - who are school counselors / school psychologists support their faculty in Positive
      Discipline implementation.

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    • Early Childhood Educator

    A Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator has successfully completed intensive training in person or online in Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators. Upon completion, they are encouraged to use Positive Discipline in their centers using the experiential activities from the Early Childhood Manual and books from the Positive Discipline series. These Certified Early Childhood Educators:

    - use Positive Discipline in their own early childhood classroom or child care center.
    - share and train other early childhood professionals.
    - may use the information to support parents.

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    *Once certified, Educators / Facilitators are encouraged to join the Positive Discipline Association to receive support with facilitation and use of PD materials, deepen their understanding of theory and practice, and to enrich their use of PD in their families, classroom, child care centers, or other work settings. 


    2.  Trainer Candidate

    A Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent, Classroom, or Early Childhood Educator who is a member of the Positive Discipline Association and has been accepted in our Advanced Training Certification Program.

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    3.  Trainer

    A Certified Positive Discipline Trainer has completed our Advanced Training Certification Program to strengthen their understanding of Adlerian principles and their Positive Discipline facilitation skills. Certified Trainers facilitate Core Workshops including:

    • Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
    • Positive Discipline in the Classroom
    • Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators


    4.  Lead Trainer


    A Lead Trainer is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer who takes a strong leadership role in the association through leading and contributing to Task Forces, serving on the Board of Directors, organizing Conferences and Think Tanks, providing professional development for members, and leading mentor groups. Lead Trainers facilitate Advanced Training. 


    Criteria to become a Lead Trainer:

    • Must have maintained active status in the PDA for a minimum of 5 years at the Trainer level.
    • Taught at least 10 core workshops (TP and/or PDC), with required PDA evaluations submitted to PDA for each workshop.
    • Attended at least 3 Think Tanks.
    • Presented at Think Tank.
    • Mentoring experience such as: leading a mentor group, mentoring Trainer Candidates or other Trainers.
    • Had additional training in Adlerian philosophy — either through self — study, or by attending NASAP, ICASSI, or regional Adlerian training.
    • Contributed to the Leadership of the PDA (e.g., by chairing a project, actively serving on a task force, or the board for at least one year).

    For general questions, please email info@positivediscipline.org




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