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LEVELS OF TRAINING

Speaker’s Bureau

The Positive Discipline Association offers a Speaker’s Bureau referral service. A school or organization may request a speaker or consultant and referrals are made considering such factors as geographic location, budget, areas of particular focus or expertise, availability, etc.

Certified Positive Discipline Trainers on our Speaker’s Bureau have gone through an additional screening process to assure their competency to represent the Positive Discipline Association in presenting to large groups or organizations. Members of our Speaker’s Bureau will custom design a workshop to meet the needs and priorities of the host agency. For more information, contact the Positive Discipline Association at posdis@satx.rr.com.


Lead Trainer (LT)

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. They typically take a strong leadership role in our organization, leading and contributing to Committees and the Board, organizing our Think Tank agenda, providing professional development for members, and serving as leaders in developing mentor groups.

Certified Positive Discipline Trainer (CPDT)

A Certified Positive Discipline Trainer has participated in an advanced training process to strengthen their skills and understanding of Adlerian principles and PD facilitation. CPDTs have attained a level of expertise where they are endorsed by the Positive Discipline Association as “Trainers of Trainers” and are recognized for attaining a high level of understanding and competency in utilizing the Positive Discipline model.
  • They are qualified to facilitate the two-day Teaching Parenting (TP) workshop, and/or the two-day Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC) and other Positive Discipline workshops.

  • Agencies and schools are encouraged to contract with a CPDT when they are looking to developing a campus- or organization-wide commitment to Positive Discipline model, where they want the depth and scope of understanding consistent with this level of certification, and where they want the program adapted for specific populations or settings.

  • CPDTs have a high level of expertise in offering parent classes, teacher training, and school or organizational consultations or training based on Positive Discipline principles.

  • Typically, CPDTs who are therapists or coaches strongly integrate PD within the framework of their practice.

Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate (PDTC)

A Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate is a Positive Discipline Parenting Educator who is a member of the Positive Discipline Association and has been accepted into our advanced certification program.

Most PDTCs have taken both our Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Positive Discipline in the Classroom core courses. Additionally, PDTCs are actively involved in an on-going training program to deepen their understanding of Positive Discipline and Adlerian concepts and methodology. Typically, PDTCs have or are working to attain a deeper understanding of Positive Discipline concepts and application beyond that of a PD Parenting Educator.

  • PDTCs provide parenting classes, typically using the model of a seven week series but frequently extending this to a variety of formats or settings.

  • PDTCs who are licensed therapists or coaches may integrate PD concepts within the framework of their practice. 

  • Many PDTCs work in schools and organizations where they have begun implementing PD concepts, ideas and activities in a broad variety of ways, sharing ideas with peers for example, supporting and encouraging co-workers in their exploration of this model, or providing basic workshops using this model.

Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator (CPDPE)

A Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator has successfully completed the 2 day intensive training in Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way.  Upon completion, Parenting Educators are encouraged to teach parenting classes using the manuals of experiential exercises and books from the Positive Discipline series. CPDPEs are also encouraged to become a part of the Positive Discipline Association in order to support their successful facilitation or use of PD materials, deepen their understanding of theory and practice, and to enrich their use of PD in their families or other work settings.  

  • CPDPEs provide parenting classes, typically using the model of a seven week series or consolidating it into a 1 – 2 day program.

  • CPDPEs may provide short seminars or introductory presentations on Positive Discipline ideas.

  • CPDPEs who are licensed therapists or coaches may integrate basic PD concepts within the framework of their practice. 

Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator (CPDCE)

A Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator has successfully completed the 2 day intensive training in Positive Discipline in the Classroom.  Upon completion, Classroom Educators are encouraged to use Positive Discipline in their classrooms using the experiential exercises from the PDC Teacher's Guide and books from the Positive Discipline series. CPDCEs are also encouraged to become a part of the Positive Discipline Association in order to support their successful facilitation and use of PD materials, deepen their understanding of theory and practice, and to enrich their use of PD in their classrooms, family and other work settings.  

  • CPDCEs use Positive Discipline in their own classrooms. 

  • CPDCEs may provide short seminars or introductory presentations on Positive Discipline ideas.

  • CPDCEs who are licensed therapists or coaches may integrate basic PD concepts within the framework of their practice. 


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