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Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

  • 28 Jan 2023
  • 9:00 AM (CST)
  • 29 Jan 2023
  • 5:00 PM (CST)
  • In Person - Austin, Texas (January 28-29, 2023)

Facilitator(s): Lora Ferguson, LPC-S, CPDT

Dates and Times: 01/28/2023 - 01/29/2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

5000 Bee Caves Road STE 101
Austin, TX, United States

Cost:  $399 Early Registration, available until 01/07/2023. $450 Regular Registration. 

Facilitator Information: 
As a mom to two elementary-aged children, I have found parenting to be both the most rewarding and the most challenging part of my life journey. I love my kids with every part of my being, and yet sometimes I can't wait to get away from them for a quiet moment to myself (or a week -long vacation if I'm lucky). If you are a parent reading this, I understand this polarity you experience and I have been there many times! We need the support of other parents to truly feel that we aren't alone. 
I found my way to Positive Discipline first as a Licensed Professional Counselor working with teens and their parents back in 2008. I love using the tools and concepts of PD to help families grow closer through encouragement, contribution, and mutual respect. I find that helping parents focus on the long term goals they have for their children (that they are kind, generous, thoughtful, resilient, balanced, and so on) allow parents to relax and breathe into the process of nurturing their relationship with their child. And most importantly, they are able to slowly let go of controlling their child's behavior and refocusing on controlling their own behavior so they can be a powerful influence. 
I use PD in both a private counseling setting in my work at Austin Family Counseling, and through workshops with parents and caregivers in the community. I have done PD workshops in preschools, elementary schools, churches, non-profit agencies, and correctional institutes. I love sharing PD with parents and caregivers, educators, business leaders, direct care workers, and anyone who wants to be better at relationships. 

Workshop Description: 

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (developed by Lynn Lott and Jane Nelsen) is a research-based parent education program that provides a step-by-step approach to starting and leading experientially based parenting groups. This program stands alone or offers significant enhancement to any program. It provides experiential activities that reach the heart to inspire deeper understanding and change.

Participants in this workshop will:

  1. Learn research based effective tools and techniques for teaching parents how to use discipline that is kind and firm at the same time (non-punitive, non-permissive).
  2. Learn how to facilitate a parent class from the position of a non-expert.
  3. Gain practice with experiential exercises that help parents go beyond intellectual understanding to be able to respond in empowering ways that teach children.
  4. Learn how to use materials and activities in group settings, parenting classes and individual work with families.

To Register: 

Contact: Lora Ferguson,, 5126949298

Special needs/accommodations: If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact, in advance. 

This program is AMS CE approved!

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Workshop Registrations: A full refund (minus a $35 processing fee) will be given when the request for a refund is made up to 30 days prior to the first day of a workshop. Refunds are not available for cancellations less than 30 days before a workshop. However, paid registrants can transfer to another workshop within one year at no additional cost. Refunds are not available after a transfer is made or if you do not provide advanced notice that you will not be attending the workshop. 

In the event of cancellation, participants will be notified by email.

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