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You can find various online and in person options worldwide!

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WHAT IS POSITIVE DISCIPLINE?

Positive Discipline is a model based on Adlerian Psychology. It can be used by parents, teachers, couples, business and community leaders to learn to create responsible, respectful, and resourceful relationships in their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, and co-authors, this model can be applied to both children and adults to become contributing members of their communities.  

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ABOUT THE POSITIVE DISCIPLINE ASSOCIATION

Incorporated in 2004, the Positive Discipline Association (PDA) is an independent nonprofit organization and the only credentialing body overseeing Positive Discipline training and certification in the world. The PDA was established to oversee a global certification system to identify candidates who have met certification standards and maintain a registry of those trained in Positive Discipline. Therefore, Parent Educators, Classroom Educators, and those using Positive Discipline achieve the highest standards through training, mentorship, applied practice, and ethical guidelines. The PDA provides online and in person training options in multiple languages to serve the needs of Positive Discipline Certified Trainers and Educators seeking professional development through continuing education for their own growth and learning.  

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

DEI STATEMENT




To create a more peaceful world by teaching Adlerian social and emotional life skills for respectful relationships.

Our Board of Directors fully endorses the International Association of Individual Psychology's statement about discrimination. 

Adler and Dreikurs called on us to see and confront inequality and to realize the practice of democracy requires fundamental change in human relationships (Dreikurs, 1964).

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DEI Statement in full here.

Positive Discipline Lab Schools are recognized for the intention to broadly implement Positive Discipline. Lab School teachers and staff have received training in Positive Discipline and work closely with a Positive Discipline Certified Trainer or Lead Trainer to support program development.

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The Positive Discipline Association is an approved professional development provider through American Montessori Society (AMS) for the following programs: Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators, and Empowering People in the Workplace. 

Positive Discipline Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No. 6723. Programs that do qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Positive Discipline Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.





DECLARATION OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

The PDA welcomes members and participants of any race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available by the PDA. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin.


The Positive Discipline Association is an affiliate of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). 



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