SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2016
THINK TANK 2016
We are so grateful for the hard work of the Think Tank Planning Committee: Nadine Gaudin, Kelly Pfeiffer, and Casey O'Roarty! This year 128 Positive Discipline members attended Think Tank including Educators, Trainers, and Lead Trainers. Nineteen countries were represented. There were two group dinners on Friday evening that were well attended as well as a dinner Sunday night at the Cosmopolitan. The Silent Auction was a big success. Thank you to Talin Yesaie and Gina Graham as well as the entire Silent Auction team for their support and planning. Also, thank you to Carol Dores for coordinating all logistics and facilities on site at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego. Finally, if you have not done so already, please complete the Think Tank 2016 evaluation sent to you. Having all participants' feedback and comments is important.
Save The Date
Please Save the Date for Think Tank 2017 - Click Here for Details
Positive Discipline Think Tank: July 13-14, 2017
Positive Discipline Conference: July 15, 2017
Location: Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
The Positive Discipline Association is collaborating with ICASSI (International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes) so that as a Positive Discipline member, you can attend Conference, Think Tank and ICASSI back-to-back! ICASSI starts July 16th. ICASSI has one and two week class options.
What is ICASSI?
ICASSI is a non-profit educational organization with an international mission to promote the study of Individual Psychology as taught by Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. In addition to the Rudolf Dreikurs Summer Institute, many ICASSI faculty members support related initiatives throughout the year giving lectures and presentations, helping with training programs and encouraging development of Adlerian associations in various nations. ICASSI and its faculty members also support publication and translation of Dreikurs’ original works.
SAN DIEGO 2016 ACTS
There were three ACT's following Think Tank in San Diego. Two ACT's were in English. One facilitated by Jane Nelsen and Lois Ingber and another facilitated by Lori Onderwyzer and Jane Weed-Pomerantz. Dina Emser and Dodie Blomberg facilitated a Chinese ACT with translation.
Jane Nelsen and Lois Ingber: Bernadette Rodrigues, Brazil; Neda Djavdan-Badcoubei, Netherlands; Claudia Hernandez, United States; Kim Sunghwan, Korea; Kristin Hovious, United States; Cristina Sanz Ferrero, Spain; Orie Medicine Bull, United States; Susan Su, China; Melody Fananapazir, United States; Shuli Zheng, China; Ying Wu, China; Irma Campillo, Mexico.
Lori Onderwyzer and Jane Weed-Pomerantz with Steven Foster assisting: Wang Ying, China; Ana Maria Reyes Castro, Columbia; Nuria Rodriguez, Spain; Liliana Nieto, Columbia; Maria Betancur, Columbia; Jody Malterre, United States; Analisa Marie Williams, Panama; Jana Kotsur, United States; Maria del Rosario Supiciche, Mexico; Li (Cherry) Zhou; Lucy Xin, China; Ruth Broekhuizen, Netherlands; Catherine McCracken-Jones, United States.
ACT with Chinese Translation
Dina Emser and Dodie Blomberg with Kelly Pfeiffer assisting: The following Trainer Candidates, all from China, successfully completed their ACT in San Diego with Chinese Translation. Thank you to Justine Yao from Taipai, Taiwan and Flora Hua from Beijing, China for their work providing translation throughout this 5-day bi-lingual ACT. Congratulations to the following: Ma Shaobin, Tingna Xu, Li Jiang, Huiming Xue, Yuqi Yang, Si Liu, Melody Fu, Zhuo Cai, Wenjing Luo, Wang Yuping, Geyin Zhang, Xiao(Sam) Yang.
EAST COAST conference 2016
The Positive Discipline Association is proud to present an East Coast Conference in Stamford, CT. This conference is open to the public and full of presentations on Positive Discipline topics. Click Here for Details
Preceded by two-day Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way workshop facilitated by Carol Dores and Mary Nelsen-Tamborski.
Followed by a two-day workshop on Positive Discipline in the Classroom facilitated by Carol Dores and Lois Ingber.
Lead Trainer Policy Update
Criteria for Becoming a Lead Trainer:
Please send LT documentation of the above to email@example.com for your file. For a full overview of trainer certification please visit www.positivediscipline.org/positive-discipline-trainer
Monica Holliday, Psy.D., Kristin Hovious, and Dana Thomas, Ed.S., three Positive Discipline Parent Educators in Chicago, Illinois, completed data collection in the randomized control group study designed by Eva Dreikers Ferguson in collaboration with the Positive Discipline Association. Monica, Kristin, and Dana 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 were high, and these Positive Discipline Parent Educators enjoyed working and learning together. They shared about their research procedures and need for replication at a Think Tank breakout session. We are looking for other PDA members to help by replicating this study. For this work to be published in a major journal, there needs to be a minimum of 120 families included. Carol Dores, Co-Chair of the PDA and Robin Eckstein are replicating the Chicago study this fall in Connecticut. Others are stepping forward as well on a global level. Julia Parks, a PDA member and Chief Office or Adler Korea, is also collaborating as well as Shuli Zheng and Angela Zhang from China.
Please contact Kelly Gfroerer at Kelly@PositiveDiscipline.org if you are interested in learning more and helping with this effort which is an important step toward Positive Discipline Parent Education being recognized as a Best-Practice and Evidence-based.
Committee and TAsk Force Updates
The Mentor Committee is currently working on the following projects:
Announcing 2016-2017 Task Forces:
At Think Tank Task Force groups were posted for members to sign up and contribute on specific tasks needed to support the PDA. If you did not sign up at Think Tank and would like to contribute on any of the following Task Force work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016-2017 Task Forces include:
Research Task Force. This group will focus on continued efforts to support parent and school evidence-based studies.
Think Tank 2018 Location Task Force. This group will explore options for Think Tank in 2018 locations in San Diego.
Translation Task Force. This group will work on translating Positive Discipline forms needed in other languages (for example ACT forms). These volunteers also will contribute by helping translate other PDA communication (for example email announcements), so our members can receive this information in their native language.
Announcing New Trainer Candidates
Celine has been practicing Positive Discipline in her home since 2011. An NLP Master Coach, she is also a life coach, choir director and a former music teacher in the classroom (French public school and French American school). From her experiences in schools she is motivated to diffuse positivity! She believes that screaming teachers need encouragement and tools to adopt a different attitude and that, no matter the cultural background, Positive Discipline can make a more peaceful and respectful environment in homes and schools.
Muriel has worked as a teacher for the last 12 years in Belgium, Kenya and the United Kingdom. She discovered Positive Discipline soon after her first son was born. She now uses Positive Discipline at home and in her classes, and as a co-facilitator of parent workshops. In Kenya, as well as teaching, Murial was involved in supporting two NGOs: She established the nonprofit IDAY network in East Africa. IDAY-International is a network of civil society organisations committed to basic education for all in Africa. She facilitated training sessions on "basics of classroom teaching" to more than 100 untrained teachers from the Kangemi slums.
Angelica is a Clinical Psychologist and mother of two children, ages 3 and 5. Positive Discipline has become her life project (even her husband is now a Parent Educator). At home, her family experiences a continuous process of transformation, and through the parent workshops she has facilitated, she is just beginning to understand how strong Positive Discipline truly is.
Cell: +34 608 23 05 48
Miruna’s aim is to advocate for Positive Discipline to be required by law as part of the national teacher training in Romania. She has also applied for funds to organize workshops for parents in high-risk communities as a prevention of violence against children.
María is a preschool teacher, mother of two and member of Grupo de Puericultura, a children’s research organization in Columbia. She has taught more than 30 Positive Discipline workshops, not only for parents but also for babysitters, teachers, maids and grandparents. She is excited to spread the knowledge she has acquired throughout Medellin.
Candace (Cai) Zhou
Guangzhou (Canton), China
Yuping (Andy) Wang
Guangzhou (Canton), China
Shortly after discovering Positive Discipline in 2014, Andy quit her full-time real estate job and decided to devote everything she had to teaching and promoting Positive Discipline. She is eager to learn more, help more parents and eventually become a Positive Discipline Trainer.
Maria Soto Alvarez de Sotomayor
A Coruna, Spain
Cell: +34 627274797
Ying (Emily) Wang
Ying is a mother and college English Teacher. She has facilitated 12 sessions of 18-hour PD parenting classes, given many lectures to parents and college teachers. She plans to continue facilitating Positive Discipline parenting classes and eventually, wishes to train educators.
Wenjing (May) Luo
May Luo is a full-time mother who sees a great need for Positive Discipline in China, which is home to 400 million families. Her passion is to learn, to share, to help others. May Luo’s vision is to create such a world, where the children have a bright smile and parents and teachers have are helped by Positive Discipline. In order to achieve such a wonderful world she would like to contribute and learn more about Positive Discipline and Adler’s psychology.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mylena is the Primary School Counsellor in the British International School of Jeddah. In April, she advertised a Parenting Course, hoping that 20 parents would register, and ended up with 50+ people registered! She plans to offer two more parenting workshops in the coming year. She is excited to continue her training in Positive Discipline.
Cell: 966 558833463
Since Positive Discipline entered Leyen’s life, she no longer struggles with her parents, colleagues and child like she once did. Leyen plans on spreading the word to more people and aspires to eventually become a Lead Trainer.
Ana Maria Reyes Castro
Ana María has led more than 20 Positive Discipline classes, she is a member of Grupo de Puericultura at Antioquia's University, and has a Facebook page called "Firmeza y Afecto Disciplina Positiva", with more than 20.000 followers. She dreams of a Medellin where every child can be raised and educated by Positive Discipline parents and teachers.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fatma moved to Saudi Arabia 11 years ago from Canada and feels that the Middle East is an area that desperately needs Positive Discipline. Her goal is to have Positive Discipline in the Classroom eventually translated into Arabic. Fatma views the tools that Positive Discipline provides as powerful, and she can't imagine a more inspiring, simple and empowering way to make a difference in communities around the world.
Fresno, California, USA
As a Literacy Consultant, Adam works to support students from concentrated poverty and all of the struggles that accompany growing up in hard situations. His goal is to use his existing network across the United States to provide training in Positive Discipline and improve the way adults and students relate to each other.
Cell: (559) 779-2072
Li is a mother to twin sons and will soon celebrate her third child, a daughter. She plans to work full-time for the dissemination of Positive Discipline, using it to bring up her own children and also to share the experiences and methods with more parents.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Suzanne’s family members love to tell her that the Bible says, “If you spare the rod, you spoil the child.” As a Trainer Candidate, Suzanne plans on sharing Positive Discipline with families that have similar beliefs. She’s also passionate about the achievement disparity between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds, and is happy she will be able to provide them with researched long-lasting techniques that build responsibility and self-reliance.
Cell: (347) 819-2231
Areli Orpinal Delgado
As a Perinatal and Breastfeeding Educator, Areli believes that the principles and tools of Positive Discipline are the best way to carry out respectful parenting. Areli’s intention is to bring Positive Discipline to more families in her country through her company, Maternando y Criando.
Seattle, Washington, USA
Deneen’s work with educators over the past 20 years has been driven by her interest in engaging and empowering the student voice. Her purpose to be trained as a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate is to provide the range of services that Sound Discipline is offering to the schools, including experiential activities and inspiring teachers.
Cell: (206) 488-3472
Reyna Sofia Mata Estevez
Tlalnepantla De Baz, Mexico
Cell: 55 27382718
Spokane, Washington, USA
Teresa has had several opportunities to observe, collaborate and co-facilitate PDC workshops with her mentor, Dr. Jody McVittie. As a Trainer Candidate, she plans to offer classes and coach teachers in the implementation of Positive Discipline in schools in Eastern Washington.
Cell: (509) 570-6660
Daniela Maria Soto Zúñiga
Heredia, Costa Rica
Daniela not only believes that becoming a Trainer Candidate is a perfect complement to her career but also sees it as a way to perform better with her children and to bring the message to families, institutions, schools and colleges in her country.
Cell: +506 83281600
Seattle, Washington, USA
Jennifer’s introduction to Positive Discipline began 17 years ago and in January 2015, she started training as a Sound Discipline facilitator, working with teachers and educators around classroom management and trauma-informed discipline. Becoming a Trainer Candidate is an important next step in her professional development.
Cell: (206) 931-4303
Lucia’s plan is to promote the use of Positive Discipline in order to show parents another way to raise children without physical or emotional punishment (something that is very common in her country) by providing them the tools to achieve a harmonious environment at home.
Xiong wants to spread the message of Positive Discipline to parents who want support with their own parenting efforts. She plans to continue to hold parenting classes and workshops, readings public lectures and other activities in her community.Xiong wants to spread the message of Positive Discipline to parents who want support with their own parenting efforts. She plans to continue to hold parenting classes and workshops, readings public lectures and other activities in her community.
St. Julians, Malta
Suzanne is currently embracing the task of changing the traditional disciplinary system of her school to Positive Discipline. As the present chairperson of the Malta Adlerian Psychology Association, her dream of infusing Positive Discipline into Malta is now becoming a reality.