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Policy: Eligibility Criteria For Attending
Advanced Candidate Training


This is a copy of the full policy statement as approved by our Board. As you can see, it describes the purpose and intent behind each requirement, as well as the goals of Advanced Candidate Training program itself.


Advanced Candidate Training (ACT) serves several critical functions in the process of attaining certification as a Positive Discipline (PD) Trainer. It is designed to ensure that Certified Positive Discipline Trainers (CPDTs) meet established standards of competency and professionalism in representing the organization and assuring fidelity to the Positive Discipline model.

ACT is an advanced and very intense experience designed to both validate and enhance a candidate’s proficiency in facilitating the Positive Discipline model. The primary goal of ACT is to explore, improve, and “fine tune” presentation of content and activities, as well as the process of experiential presentation. Attendees will facilitate core activities and both give and receive extensive and direct feedback.

Participants will get the most from ACT if they have attained a strong level of knowledge and competency prior to attending. We encourage candidates to continue offering PD classes or using the material until they feel they have fully internalized core activities, essential principles and the experiential facilitation process.  These qualities will be evaluated during the ACT and are critical to the PDA’s maintaining program quality – and, therefore, endorsing competency as a Certified PD Trainer.

For the same reason, candidates are encouraged to work with a PDA mentor or participate in a PD mentor group, reflect on discussions held within the PDA List Serve, read additional PD or Adlerian materials, participate in teleconferences or workshops on PD, or take an Adlerian focused course or seminar.

It is important that candidates understand that attending ACT does not guarantee that an individual will be recommended for certification as a Trainer. Candidates who are not recommended for certification will receive feedback on areas where additional growth is needed, as well as recommendations on how best to attain this. 

To be eligible to attend Advanced Candidate Training, applicants must demonstrate competency in the following factors:

  1. A strong base of knowledge of Adlerian and Positive Discipline concepts and principles.
  2. A solid understanding of the PD curriculum in the area of specialization. Ability to facilitate all PD core activities in the area of specialization with confidence, ease and fidelity to the PD experiential model.
  3. Competency and consistency in modeling PD principles and values through the process of leadership and communication, both within a training session and in all related professional activities.
  4. A basic understanding of the Positive Discipline Association (PDA) structure and resources, and a commitment to the well-being of the organization. 

Eligibility Criteria For Attending ACT
 

1.      A solid base of knowledge of Adlerian and Positive Discipline concepts and principles. This will be demonstrated by meeting the following standards: 

  • Completion of a Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (TP) workshop sponsored or recognized by the PDA.

  • Completion of a Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC) workshop sponsored or recognized by the PDA.

  • Submission of a short summary report* on a book by Alfred Adler or Rudolph Dreikurs, reflecting on 1 – 2 key principles or ideas and their connection to your personal experiences in facilitating training using the PD model.

  • Attend Think Tank Conference at least once (strongly recommended).

2.      A solid understanding of the PD curriculum in the area of specialization (TP and/or PDC). Ability to facilitate PD core activities in the area of specialization with confidence, ease and fidelity to the PD experiential model. This will be demonstrated by meeting the following:

For Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (TP) Certification
submit documentation as follows:
  • Evaluations from a minimum of two (12 - 14 hour) parent class series to the PDA Executive Director. Each session should have a minimum of six (6) attendees with 8 or more preferred. (See links below for evaluation forms.)

  • A face sheet detailing times, location, and dates.

  • A summary report indicating the activities that were included within the agenda. (Note: The goal is that all core activities be taught at least twice, or until the applicant feels confident with the material, prior to attending ACT.)

For Positive Discipline In the Classroom Certification
submit documentation as follows:


Option A: When you have taught the eight building blocks (or those relevant for the grade level you are working with) and utilized class meeting process in your own classroom, submit the following materials.:
  • A PDC evaluation form completed by a direct supervisor, CPDT or CPDLT. (See links below for evaluation forms.)
  • A face sheet detailing times, location and dates.

  • A self-evaluation form reflecting on the facilitation process and outcomes, and delineating personal strengths and challenges.

Option B: When you have worked in other teachers’ classrooms to implement the eight building blocks (or those relevant for the grade level you are working with) and utilized class meeting process, submit the following materials:
  • A PDC evaluation form completed by each teacher in a minimum of two classrooms. (Forms can be found on the PDA website.)

  • A face sheet detailing times, location and dates.

  • A self-evaluation form reflecting on the facilitation process and outcomes, and delineating personal strengths and challenges.


    Note:
    The goal is that all essential activities be taught at least twice, or until the applicant feels confident with the material, prior to attending ACT.

    The word “classroom” here is intended to have a broad application. A classroom may be a public or private grade school classroom, an afternoon program classroom, a day or residential treatment program setting, a childcare classroom or a preschool classroom. Other group settings not listed here may be considered appropriate as well.
     

3.      The ability to demonstrate PD principles and values through the process of leadership and communication, both within a training session and in all related professional activities.

  • This will be assessed through reviewing the evaluations submitted, as well as through the recommendations of mentors, core workshop facilitators, and other PDA members and staff that are aware of an applicant’s work.
     

4.      A basic understanding of the Positive Discipline Association (PDA) structure and resources, and a commitment to the well-being of the organization.  This is demonstrated by meeting the following minimum standards:

  • Active Trainers Level membership in the PDA for 6 months (preferably 1 year or longer).
  • Attendance at Think Tank at least once (strongly recommended).

  • Submission of all materials required for approval to attend the ACT in a timely and responsible fashion.

  • Respectful and solution focused interactions with the PDA office, list serve, mentor groups, committees, training events, and other components of the organization.
     

TIME FRAMES FOR SUBMITTING PREREQUISITE MATERIAL

All materials must be submitted to the Executive Director of the PDA by the advertised deadline and prior to attending ACT. Because the PDA offers ACT workshops as needed and only when there are enough candidates to make a full cohort (typically 12), eligible candidates are encouraged to submit their evaluations and materials as soon as they can.


POLICY EXCEPTIONS 

Any exception to these standards, including a request for an extension in the deadline for submitting written materials, must be submitted in writing to the Executive Director of the PDA at least three weeks prior to the posted deadline for submission. All such proposals should include date, time frames, and circumstances. This will be forwarded for review by the Board or appropriate Committees in accordance with policy. Once approved and agreed upon, plans must be strictly adhered to.

Due to the extensive planning required to organize ACT, exceptions will not be authorized within six weeks prior to ACT.

ACT REGISTRATION FEES

ACT registration fees must be paid well in advance of the session and in compliance with designated time frames. A payment plan can be established if needed by writing the Executive Director of the PDA. 

Because the organization must make a commitment to facilitators and meeting space well in advance of ACT, and because the size of the group is so small, the following refund policy for ACT will be followed:

  • A deposit fee of $200 will be requested once the date and location is established.
  • The deposit will be fully refunded if requested before the deposit deadline. After this date, the deposit is non-refundable and will be used to cover PDA and facilitator expenses.

  • Cancelations up until two months before ACT will be refunded in full minus the deposit fee.

  • Individuals who cancel within two months of ACT will have their payment minus the deposit fee held for transfer to a later ACT.

  • Because of the investment of staff time and the commitment made to facilitators, individuals who request an extension for submitting the implementation requirements and who do not complete these as agreed will not be granted a refund of their registration fee.
     

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All material should be submitted to the PDA Administrative Office.. Please write to the PDA  at info@positivediscipline.org with any questions or for more information.

 

*This report should be approximately 2 pages in length, double spaced. It should include a summation of 1 – 2 key ideas and their impact for you personally and/or as a PD Trainer.  It will be forwarded to the facilitators of the ACT for review prior to your acceptance and will be used, along with a list of meaningful quotations, as the basis of dialogue during ACT.


LINKS

PDA Membership Information

Evaluation Forms

Advanced Candidate Training (ACT)

Eligibility Standards For Attending ACT

Policy: Goals and Eligibility Criteria For Attending ACT

Letter of Understanding (LoA)

Membership Application and Letter of Intent to Become a Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate (PDTC)

PDA Contact Information


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