Application and Letter of Intent
The Positive Discipline Trainer Candidacy program is for people who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Positive Discipline model. It offers advanced certification program as a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and endorses graduates as "Trainers of Trainers." Please read the information carefully. It may help you decide whether or not you want to proceed with this process. If you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact the Positive Discipline Association (PDA) office.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - SUMMARY
- Write a letter of intent (details below). Keep a copy for your personal records.
- Email a copy to the Positive Discipline Association Administrative Office at email@example.com along with stating permission for it to be used on our List serve. The letter is used to introduce you to other PDA members.
- Join the PDA at the Trainer Candidate Level on our website HERE or mail a check to the Positive Discipline Association, c/o Joy Bilderback, PO Box 290155, Kerrville, TX 78029. If you are already a member please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements to upgrade your membership.
- IMPORTANT: Please be aware that, once approved as a PDTC, you will be enrolled in our PDA Google group list serve. The list serve is a significant part of your membership benefits and a primary way we communicate with our membership.
REQUEST TO BECOME A POSITIVE DISCIPLINE TRAINER CANDIDATE
Email Address (For Correspondence and Our PD List serve):
Note: We recommend creating an email address specifically for your Positive Discipline work.
Attended Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
(This is a mandatory workshop.)
Attended Positive Discipline in the Classroom Workshop
[This workshop must be completed before attending the Advance Candidate Training (ACT) even if you don't intend to work with classroom teachers.]
Other (Please specify dates, facilitator and location)
Attended parent classes:
Attended PD workshops:
Attended PD mentor group:
Coursework in Adler:
LETTER OF INTENT
TYPE YOUR LETTER IN THIS SPACE
This letter should include the following information:
- Your purpose in wanting to be trained as a Certified Positive Discipline Associate.
- A list of any workshops or training you have already attended (with whom and when).
- Information on your plans for using Positive Discipline.
- Anything else you would like to share about the role of PD in your life!
- Permission to share this information on our list serve. (Again, your letter is used to introduce you to our membership.)
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE FROM THE PDA
- Participation in a thriving PD community that emphasizes collaboration, encouragement and commitment. You'll find a passionate dedication to this work and an investment in personal and professional growth for our membership as individuals and as an organization.
- Extensive training to increase your understanding of the Positive Discipline and Adlerian principles, as well as to increase your competencies with experiential facilitation, the PD curriculum and applications to various populations and needs.
- Mentoring throughout your training period and on-going via the e-mail list serve, the CPDT manual, Think Tank, the workshop manuals, and personal contact with CPDTs, a personal mentor if requested or a local mentoring group where available.
- Once a year at "Think Tank," the PDA's annual members-only conference, you will have the opportunity to be surrounded by many enthusiastic Certified Positive Discipline Trainers and Trainer Candidates, for professional development, quality assurance, networking, and to share experiences and activities.
- Resources for marketing and training including access to new activities, marketing and training tools, translations of basic material, etc.
- Discounts on training and resource material -- plus a free teleconference for all new members.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU
- To identify yourself as a Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate (PDTC) when presenting any Positive Discipline material.
- To work with the CPDT list serve and/or a CPDT mentor or mentor group as needed when preparing presentations.
- To have evaluations filled out after every class or workshop you teach and to send them to The Positive Discipline Association, via fax or scan and email to the office.
- Once certified as a PD Trainer, your certification extends for three years. To re-certify, CPDTs are required to attend our Think Tank (at their own expense) at least every third year. It is highly recommended, but not required, for all PDTCs. (Refer to the Think Tank Attendance Policy for more details.)
- To pay annual (calendar year) PDA membership fees.
- To develop your knowledge and understanding of Adlerian/Dreikursian and Positive Discipline theory and methods.
- As a CPDT, to sponsor at least one Positive Discipline workshop a year (with the help of your mentor) or actively share Positive Discipline.