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Eligibility Standards For Advanced Candidate Training

Advanced Candidate Training (ACT) serves several critical functions in the process of attaining certification as a Positive Discipline Trainer. It is designed to ensure that Certified Positive Discipline Trainers (CPDTs) meet established standards of competency and professionalism in representing the organization and assuring fidelity to the Positive Discipline model. 

ACT is an advanced and very intense experience designed to both validate and enhance a candidate’s proficiency in facilitating Positive Discipline programs. The primary goal of ACT is to explore, improve, and “fine tune” presentation of content and activities, as well as the process of experiential presentation. Advanced Candidates will facilitate core activities as well as give and receive extensive feedback.

Trainer Candidates will get the most from Advanced Training if they have attained a strong level of knowledge and competency prior to attending the 4-day in person training. We encourage candidates to continue offering Positive Discipline classes or using the material until they feel they have fully internalized core activities, essential principles and the experiential facilitation process.  These qualities will be strengthened during Advanced Training and are critical to the PDA’s maintaining program quality. 

Trainer Candidates are encouraged to work with a PDA mentor or participate in a Positive Discipline mentor group, reflect on discussions held within the PDA List Serve, read additional Positive Discipline or Adlerian materials, participate in teleconferences or workshops on Positive Discipline, or take an Adlerian focused course or seminar. 

It is important that candidates understand that attending the 4-day in person training does not guarantee that an individual will be recommended for certification as a Trainer. Candidates who are not recommended for certification will receive feedback on areas where additional growth is needed, as well as specific recommendations on how best to continue developing the professional skills needed to become a Trainer.

To be eligible to attend the in person 4 day ACT, applicants must demonstrate competency in the following factors:

  1. A strong base of knowledge of Adlerian and Positive Discipline concepts and principles. 
  2. A solid understanding of the Positive Discipline curriculum in the area of specialization. Ability to facilitate all Positive Discipline core activities in the area of specialization with confidence, ease and fidelity to the Positive Discipline experiential model. 
  3. Competency and consistency in modeling Positive Discipline principles and values through the process of leadership and communication, both within a training session and in all related professional activities. 
  4. A basic understanding of the Positive Discipline Association (PDA) structure and resources, and a commitment to the well-being of the organization. 

Eligibility Criteria

1.    A solid base of knowledge of Adlerian and Positive Discipline concepts and principles. This will be demonstrated by meeting the following standards: 
  • Completion of a Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (TP) workshop sponsored or recognized by the PDA.   
  • Completion of a Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC) workshop sponsored or recognized by the PDA.    
  • Submission of a short summary report on a book by Alfred Adler or Rudolph Dreikurs, reflecting on 1 – 2 key principles or ideas and their connection to your personal experiences in facilitating training using the PD model. This report should be approximately 2 pages in length, double spaced. It should include a summation of 1 – 2 key ideas and their impact for you personally and/or as a Positive Discipline Trainer.  It will be forwarded to the facilitators of the 4 day training or shared with co-facilitators for those who are co-leading core workshops. This report will be reviewed prior to your acceptance and will be used, along with a list of meaningful quotations, as the basis of dialogue during training.  It is assumed that any candidate seeking Advanced Training has read Jane Nelsen's Positive Discipline. Key concepts and theory from this text will be integrated into all aspects of Advanced Training for Trainer Candidates.
  • Attend Think Tank Conference at least once (strongly recommended).
2.    A solid understanding of the PD curriculum in the area of specialization (TP and/or PDC). Ability to facilitate PD core activities in the area of specialization with confidence, ease and fidelity to the PD experiential model. This will be demonstrated by meeting the following:


For Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (TP) Certification, submit documentation as follows:

  • Evaluations from a minimum of two (12 - 14 hour) parent class series to the PDA Executive Director. Each session should have a minimum of six (6) attendees with 8 or more preferred. (Forms can be found on the PDA website.) 
  • A face sheet detailing times, location, and dates. 
  • A summary report indicating the activities that were included within the agenda. (Note: The goal is that all core activities be taught at least twice, or until the applicant feels confident with the material, prior to attending ACT.

For Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC) Certification, submit documentation, as follows, for Option A or Option B:

Option A:
When you have taught the eight building blocks (or those relevant for the grade level you are working with) and utilized class meeting process in your own classroom, submit the following materials.
  • A PDC evaluation form completed by a direct supervisor, CPDT or CPDLT. (Forms can be found on the PDA website.)
  • A face sheet detailing times, location and dates.

Option B: When you have worked in other teachers’ classrooms to implement the eight building blocks (or those relevant for the grade level you are working with) and utilized class meeting process, submit the following materials:

  • A PDC evaluation form completed by each teacher in a minimum of two classrooms. (Forms can be found on the PDA website.)
  • A face sheet detailing times, location and dates.
  • A self-evaluation form reflecting on the facilitation process and outcomes, and delineating personal strengths and challenges.

Note: The goal is that all essential activities be taught at least twice, or until the applicant feels confident with the material, prior to attending ACT.

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.

3.    The ability to demonstrate PD principles and values through the process of leadership and communication, both within a training session and in all related professional activities.

  • This will be assessed through reviewing the evaluations submitted, as well as through the recommendations of mentors, core workshop facilitators, and other PDA members and staff that are aware of an applicant’s work. 
4.    A basic understanding of the Positive Discipline Association (PDA) structure and resources, and a commitment to the well-being of the organization.  This is demonstrated by meeting the following minimum standards:
  • Active Trainers Level membership in the PDA for 6 months (preferably 1 year or longer). 
  • Attendance at Think Tank at least once (strongly recommended). 
  • Submission of all materials required for approval to attend the ACT in a timely and responsible fashion. 
  • Respectful and solution focused interactions with the PDA office, list serve, mentor groups, committees, training events, and other components of the organization. 

TIME FRAMES FOR SUBMITTING PREREQUISITE MATERIAL

Trainer Candidates wishing to attend the 4 day in person training must be submitted prerequisite materials by the advertised deadline. Because the PDA offers the 4 day in person Advanced Training as needed and only when there are enough candidates to make a full cohort (typically 12), eligible candidates are encouraged to submit their evaluations and materials as soon as they can.

Trainer Candidates wishing to pursue co-facilitating core workshops as their Advanced Training option should work with a mentor to help develop a proposal to submit for review. The proposal and prerequisite materials should be submitted to the PDA at act@positivediscipline.org prior to the Trainer Candidate co-facilitating core workshops with a mentor.

All materials should be sent to act@positivediscipline.org.

POLICY EXCEPTIONS

Any exception to these standards, including a request for an extension in the deadline for submitting written materials, must be submitted in writing to act@positivediscipline.org. All such proposals should include date, time frames, and circumstances. This will be forwarded for review by the Board or appropriate Committees in accordance with policy. Once approved and agreed upon, plans must be strictly adhered to.

ACT 4 DAY IN PERSON REGISTRATION FEES

ACT 4 day in person training registration fees must be paid well in advance of the session and in compliance with designated time frames. A payment plan can be established if needed by contacting act@positivediscipline.org

Because the organization must make a commitment to facilitators and reserve meeting space well in advance of the in person training, and because the size of the group is so small, the following refund policy for ACT will be followed:

A non refundable Application Fee of $100 is required to begin the application process. 

  • A non refundable Deposit Fee of $200 will be requested once the date and location is established.
  • The $200 deposit will be fully refunded if requested before the deposit deadline. After this date, the deposit is non-refundable and will be used to cover PDA and facilitator expenses. 
  • Cancellations up until two months before ACT will be refunded in full minus the Application and Deposit fees. 
  • Individuals who cancel within two months of ACT will have their payment minus the deposit fee held for transfer to a later training. 
  • Individuals who request an extension for submitting the implementation requirements, but do not complete these as agreed will not be granted a refund of the registration fee.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All material should be submitted to the PDA Administrative Office. Please write to act@positivediscipline.org with any questions or for more information.

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