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The Positive Discipline Association is an organization of over 110 talented and committed professionals who provide the highest quality training using the Positive Discipline (PD) experiential model. Our facilitators come from all types of backgrounds. They include school teachers, counselors, and administrators; licensed therapists, social workers and professional coaches; home makers; health care providers; and people from many other professions.

Our Associates bring PD to all types of settings – homes, schools, colleges, and community organizations, as well as foster care, kinship and residential treatment programs, halfway houses, prisons, and so much more. They work with populations of all ages, including children and adults with special needs. Plus, there are organizational, team building and workplace applications. Essentially, the core principles of PD are adaptable to every situation where building respectful relationships is critical to success. 

Through our Directory, you can read about our members, their backgrounds and areas of specialization. You can use the search feature to find the Trainer or Educator who would be the best match for your personal or organizational needs, or who may offer classes or workshops in your area. We encourage you to contact the Positive Discipline Association office at for assistance, especially if you are looking for a keynote, organization-wide or school-wide training. We work with you to find the facilitator who can provide a session truly customized to meet your needs.

To understand the levels of certification (and acronyms) better:

A Certified Positive Discipline Trainer (CPDT), formerly Certified Positive Discipline associate, has taken our core courses and completed extensive advanced training in either Teaching Parenting, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, or both. They have completed our certification program and are able to offer classes, workshops and our core courses designed to train Parenting and Classroom Educators.

A Lead Trainer (LT) is a CPDT who is authorized to provide the advanced training class that is the culminating experience in our advanced certification program.

A Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate (PDTC), formerly Positive Discipline Associate in Training, has taken our core courses and is preparing for advanced training either Teaching Parenting, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, or both. They are able to offer a variety of PD classes and workshops. All PDTCs have completed the requirements to be Parenting and/or Classroom Educators.

A Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator (CPDPE) has taken a 13 hour Teaching Parenting course and is approved to teach Positive Discipline classes for parents.

A Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator (CPDCE) has taken a 13 hour Positive Discipline in the Classroom course and is typically implementing PD in their own classroom and perhaps sharing PD principles and ideas with others in their school.

IMPORTANT: The Positive Discipline Association provides a Speaker’s Bureau service comprised of Certified Positive Discipline Trainers who are endorsed by the Positive Discipline Association to represent us in working with schools and organizations for campus, district, or agency wide events.  To arrange training customized to meet the needs of your school or organization, check out our Speaker’s Bureau page write to us at for more detailed information.

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