What is Positive Discipline?

Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin and others, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).

Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline also teaches. From the Positive Discipline Association Website

Positive Discipline for Parents

Our team of Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educators are available to lead Parent Educator classes in your school, church, community center, or even home! We are passionate about helping parents develop deeper connection with their children through non-punitive, non-permissive means of discipline.

Parents who take one of our courses will learn

  • To recognize and understand the belief behind their children’s misbehavior
  • How to avoid power struggles, pampering, permissive, and punitive parenting methods (that are only temporary solutions)
  • To empower their children and teach important character and life skills
  • How to increase self-awareness and understand how we sometimes contribute to children’s misbehavior
  • Why stickers, rewards, bribes, prizes, punishment, yelling, and spanking are not effective
  • How to model self-regulation with the use of positive time-out strategies
  • To increase connection and communication through the use of family meetings
  • To understand sibling dynamics and much more!

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Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

This two-day interactive workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, parents, school staff, and administrators who want to further develop their safeguarding practices by offering greater support to parents. Attendees will earn recognition as a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and will be able to offer parent classes where tools and strategies that are positive alternatives to traditional discipline methods will be taught.

Attendees will earn recognition as a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and will:

  • 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).
  • Learn how to use materials and activities in group settings, parenting classes and individual work with families.
  • Learn (and practice) how to effectively lead experiential activities and demonstrations that help parents “get into the child’s world”
  • Guide parents to instill valuable social skills and positive behavior through the use of family meetings
  • Understand the motivation behind child’s behavior instead of looking for causes

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Positive Discipline in the Classroom

Rooted in the theories of Alfred Adeler and Rudolf Dreikurs, and developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, Positive Discipline in the Classroom is a research-based classroom management program that empowers teachers with skills to build their students’ sense of community, prepare them for successful living and increase academic achievement. Through experiential learning, participants will strengthen skills to help students practice better cooperation and problem-solving, develop self-regulation and responsibility, and create a learning environment firmly grounded in mutual respect.

Become a Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator

This two-day interactive workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, school staff and administrators who want an effective discipline approach based on Adlerian Psychology, that integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging student behaviors. Attendees will earn recognition as a Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educators and will learn to:

  • Develop a large teaching toolbox of kind and firm discipline approaches for grades PK -12.
  • Create an equitable classroom community based on mutual respect.
  • Understand the motivation behind students’ misbehavior and how to encourage positive change.
  • Learn Adlerian Psychology for use in the classroom and school community.
  • Facilitate effective class meetings teaching social skills and problem-solving.
  • Understand the relationship between belonging and connectedness and overall mental health.

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“Cristina’s Positive Discipline workshop helped me grow both personally and professionally. As a high school counselor, it was empowering to learn and practice being “kind and firm.” Attending Cristina’s two-day workshop was a highlight for me and one of the best professional development opportunities. I would highly recommend Cristina’s services. She is genuine, knowledgable, thoughtful, and professional.”
Marie Kobayashi High School Counselor, St. Mary’s International School
“I’ve been lucky to have Cristina present workshops about Positive Discipline at TELL, a mental health and suicide prevention non-profit organization here in Japan. Cristina’s workshops were very well received, with feedback from parents, educators, and administrators that it was useful and valuable. I’d be happy to have Cristina back any time to present to the community”
Selena Hoy Outreach Coordinator, TELL