conferences and think tank
Think Tank in San Diego: August 5-8, 2016
Please Note: Think Tank registration is open to Trainers, Trainer Candidates and Educator Level members. Click Here to view attendance requirements for Trainers.
We are thrilled to present to you the full group of ACT participants from “The Paris ACTitude 2016!” During the first week of February 2016, Lead Trainers Beatrice Sabate and Teresa LaSala, assisted and supported by Nadine Gaudin and Armelle Martin, had the honor of facilitating an amazing ACT training, in beautiful Paris, France. This was the first ACT ever conducted entirely in French. (Teresa, the only one present not fluent in French, felt incredible gratitude and appreciation for the amazing translator, Helen!) The ACT was facilitated in the lovely 16th District of Paris, just yards away from a full view of the Eiffel Tower!
The group which consisted of Marine Bazin, Abla Benbachir, Axelle Berger, Anne Burrus, Valerie Gautron, Amal Hassoun, Insaff Hassoun, Chahra Jobrel, Anne Claire Kleindniest, Genevieve Lafont, Agnes Nobileau, and Florence Samarine, nine participants from various regions of France and three from Morocco!
These new colleagues are so deeply grounded in the principals of Adler, Dreikurs and Discipline Positive! They came into the ACT strong, highly skilled, with passion, courage, and open mind and most of all, an open heart!
Please join Beatrice, Teresa, Nadine, and Armelle in welcoming these new Certified Trainer’s to our DP/PD family!
“The ACT training and process is just SO amazing! It was an incredible week of learning and sharing for everyone present. Certainly one of the deepest learning experiences I’ve had to date. I am so grateful for this work and ALL those who have entered my life through Positive Discipline!” Teresa LaSala
Positive Discipline Research Study is Underway in Chicago
Monica Holliday, Psy.D., Kristin Hovious, and Dana Thomas, Ed.S., three Positive Discipline Parent Educators in Chicago, Illinois, are implementing the research study designed by Eva Dreikers Ferguson in collaboration with the Positive Discipline Association. Monica, Kristin, and Dana have spent many hours volunteering to support this research effort. They recruited 36 families to participate in the study. Participants attended pre-interview sessions, where surveys were completed by both parents and children. Families were then randomly assigned to experimental or control groups. Class attendance and enthusiasm are high, and these Positive Discipline Parent Educators are enjoying working and learning together. What a great opportunity!
If you would like to learn more about conducting this research study in your area, please visit the Positive Discipline Research table at Think Tank or contact Kelly Gfroerer at Kelly@PositiveDiscipline.org.
Announcing New Trainer Candidates
Li has been a Positive Discipline facilitator for one year and is dedicated to expanding Positive Discipline in China. In her personal life, Positive Discipline has reinforced the connection with her 14-year-old son, as well as improved communication between her and her husband. She believes that she can help more families and eventually hopes to become a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer.
Kristen is a Positive Discipline Parent Educator as well as a Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher. She has a dream that one day, children introduced to Positive Discipline concepts in homes, schools and after-school programs will populate a more peaceful Chicago. She’d like to serve as facilitator for parents and teachers inspired to learn more about why children do what they do, and how to meet children where they are to help build stronger relationships within the family and classroom.
Cell: (312) 852-3249
Cristina Sanz Ferrero
Cristina is a Montessori Teacher. She would like to deepen her knowledge of Positive Discipline and challenge herself to continue her journey helping more adults empower children at home and in school. As a founding member of Disciplina Positiva España and a colleague of Bibiana Infante Cano, Positive Discipline Candidate Trainer, she is encouraged and inspired to develop more respectful relationships both as a teacher and as a human being.
Cell: 0034 660 449 478
As a psychologist, active member of her local mom's group and the Vice President of the PTO at her children's school, Melody has seen a lot of interest in Positive Discipline in her area. She currently teaches some parenting workshops and has been working weekly in two classrooms teaching the social/emotional lessons from the PDC teacher's handbook. She finds Positive Discipline to be a great fit not only for her family, but also for her career.
Cell: (443) 846-1002
Panama City, Panama
In 2004, Analisa founded and now runs a cultural center in Panama for children and adults. The center holds workshops and classes related to the arts. In September 2014 she started implementing Positive Discipline in all the classes and workshops. She now holds parent workshops once a month, as well as several private workshops (in families, schools, companies, communities and others). She believes Positive Discipline has the power to transform and wishes to be part of the expansion in her country.
Cell: (507) 661-80076
Jody is a Montessori Teacher Trainer and adjunct professor of Montessori education at Westminster College. This role positions her to have a direct line of impact to new and, often young, teachers. She believes this is a critical time to give them effective tools.
Being a teacher of adults comes naturally to Jody and she feels honored to use her skills to grow the Positive Discipline influence in her community.
Cell: (207) 761-9080
Mary Alejandra Sandoval Piñeda
Mary is a Family Psychologist, wife and mother of three, and has been holding private therapy sessions and offering Positive Discipline workshops to parents and teachers for two years. By becoming a Trainer Candidate, she wishes to transform education from the inside. Her plan is to continue sharing this model of parenting to teachers, parents, guardians and anyone else who may be interested.
Hui is the cofounder of www.davdian.com, a site that invites parents of children K-12 to learn, network and shop. The site now boasts more than 40 million members. She is currently in the process of starting a new company that will help certified Positive Discipline facilitators practice their skills and market their classes.
Shuli is a Psychological Counselor and Trainer. In addition to founding a mutual help group for new PD educators, she also founded two Toastmasters Clubs for PD mothers. In 2014, Shuli, together with Angela Zhang, established SanYou Educational Organization, which has successfully provided over 100 two- and three-day PD parenting workshops to thousands of participants in different kindergartens and schools. She is currently responsible for organizing the online mentoring group for PD China.
Zhang is a Project Manager and Department Leader in Finance. She’s also a senior member of Toastmasters. She has conducted several Positive Discipline classes and in April will be leading her first parenting class. As a Trainer Candidate, she will continue to study Positive Discipline in the Classroom, hold more workshops and classes, and dig deeper into Adlerian and relative psychological theory.
Cell: +86 18650155319
Orie Medicine Bull
As a college instructor and Licensed Addiction Counselor, Orie is able to integrate and utilize Positive Discipline in her practice with students, children, parents, teachers, educators and families. She currently co-facilitates Positive Discipline workshops and looks forward to enhancing her capabilities to be able to offer additional opportunities for the Northern Cheyenne, Crow and other Native American communities with a special interest in the northern plains area where she resides.
Cell: (559) 554-4567
Sylwia Anderson Hanney
Before becoming involved with Positive Discipline, Sylwia held parenting workshops for four years and was a primary school teacher and family assistant (social worker), building on an academic background in pedagogy, coaching and social work.
As one of a team of four, she was instrumental in making the Polish edition of the Positive Discipline book and Tool Cards available in Poland. At present, she is the first and only Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator in Poland and has been actively holding workshops for both teachers and parents since mid 2015.
Ruth is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Yoga Teacher. As a Trainer Candidate, she plans to offer workshops to parents in her community with children in both preschool and elementary school. With an 8-year old daughter and 10 year-old son she feels very connected to young populations and predicts being able to eventually offer classes for parents with teens. Every day she is able to make choices that she wouldn’t have access to without Positive Discipline and feels energized to know that her children are learning mutual respect and responsibility without punishment.
Cell: (503) 417-7883
Monica is a Psychologist who has recently been bringing Positive Discipline and Adlerian theories and concepts into active practice through her therapeutic work with children and parents. In the past few months she has been co-facilitating a 7-week Positive Discipline Parenting class together with Marine Bazin. She’s very excited to introduce PD concepts to a medium-sized group of parents from an international school community. She’s also been facilitating a 7-week Positive Discipline Parenting class on her own with a group of parents who have children with behavioral difficulties or developmental delays.
Cell: (847) 867-3653
Sam has held over 48 three-day Positive Discipline Parent Classes in the past two years. In July 2014, he founded Positive Discipline Studio and organized 10 workshops to help non-English speaking parents become certified through the DVD training materials. Sam would like to improve and “fine tune” his presentation of content and activities, as well as the process of experiential presentation in order to provide more support and coaching to those parents who want to be CPDPEs.
The Mentor Committee is currently working on the following projects:
The PD Expansion Committee is encouraging our membership in full force! This past month we had 2 new members join our call. One Educator from France wanted some feedback about marketing her online class offerings and the other, from Colorado was struggling to fill classes. In both cases we brainstormed solutions, created a goal, and chose to be accountable to the group on the next call!
Our next call is April 12th at 12pm EST. If you are interested in joining us, please do so by emailing Paige Michaelis at: firstname.lastname@example.org