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Advanced Candidate Training Checklist

Becoming a Positive Discipline Trainer allows you to teach other Certified Educators how to facilitate Positive Discipline Workshops to parents, teachers, and anyone in the helping profession. To apply for Advanced Candidate Training and become a Trainer Candidate you must first be a Certified Educator in at least one of three workshops sponsored by the Positive Discipline Association:

  1. TP - Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
  2. PDC - Positive Discipline in the Classroom
  3. ECE - Early Childhood Educator

What is an Advanced Candidate Training (ACT)?

An Advanced Candidate Training is a 4 day workshop facilitated by Positive Discipline Lead Trainers who will help deepen your knowledge of Positive Discipline and how you can teach others to facilitate Positive Discipline Workshops. To accomplish intense professional growth, ACTs have a capacity of only 12 Trainer Candidates. To be accepted, you must be a Trainer Candidate for at least one year. 

What is a Trainer Candidate?

A Trainer Candidate is a Positive Discipline Certified Educator in one of three Positive Discipline workshops (listed above) going through the process of completing a series of steps to be considered to attend an Advanced Candidate Training. 

Here's a checklist to help you stay organized through the process.  

STEP ONE

 Complete the Trainer Candidate Application and Letter of Intent

 Upgrade your Educator Level Membership to a Trainer Candidate Level Membership for $125.00.

STEP TWO

 Maintain an active Trainer Candidate Level Membership for a minimum of one year before attending an ACT. 

During that time:

 attend Think Tank at least once (strongly recommended)

 complete the Advanced Training Agreement 

 submit a Summary report on a book by Alfred Adler or Rudolf Dreikurs reflecting on 1-2 key principles or ideas.

 submit a written reflection on Jane Nelsen's Positive Discipline book: 
   https://www.positivediscipline.com/products/positive-discipline-book (also available in multiple languages)

 submit 2 Written Recommendations from people who know your Positive Discipline work. This could be a Mentor, Trainer,   
    Lead Trainer, or people you have worked with. Written Recommendations should be sent by those individuals
    to 
act@positivediscipline.org.

submit all required materials for approval in a timely and responsible fashion.

 interact in a respectful and solution focused manner with the PDA office, list serve, mentor groups, committees, training events, and
    other components of the organization.


STEP THREE


Teaching Parenting Certification: It is recommended that you complete as many 6-week Parenting Classes series as you can before applying for ACT.  Sample agendas for parenting classes can be found in the educator resources.  Please note PHP should be included during every session.   It is required to submit all of the documentation listed below for each Parenting Class series you submit. TWO complete series sets are required as a minimum.

 Participant evaluations of at least two (12-14 hour) parenting classes, with minimum of 8 attendees: Word or PDF

 Face sheet detailing times, locations and dates of parenting classes: Word or PDF

 Summary report of activities included in agenda. Goal is core activities taught at least 2 times, and candidate feels confident with material prior to
    attending ACT.

 Sign In Sheets where each participant is able to sign in each class

Positive Discipline in the Classroom Certification: 

Option A: Working in your Own Classroom: Requires teaching the essential skills for a Positive Discipline Classroom, Essential Skills for Class Meetings, and facilitating Class Meetings on a regular basis and including using agenda and working with students on problem solving and follow up on how solutions worked. This process would be expected to run the course of a school year.

 A PDC evaluation form completed by a direct supervisor, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer (CPDT), or Certified Positive Discipline Lead
    Trainer (CPDLT): Word or PDF

 A face sheet detailing times, location and dates of classroom work: Word or PDF

 Complete the PDC Essential Skills and Class Meetings Reflections or Word

Option B: Working in Other Teachers’ Classrooms: Requires teaching the essential skills for a Positive Discipline Classroom, Essential Skills for Class Meetings, and facilitating Class Meetings including using agenda and working with students on problem solving and follow up on how solutions worked. This entire process should take place in a minimum of two different classrooms within a school year.

 A PDC evaluation form completed by each teacher in a minimum of two classrooms: Word or PDF

 A face sheet detailing times, location and dates of classroom work: Word or PDF

 Complete the PDC Essential Skills and Class Meetings Reflections or Word

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 or requesting co-leading two core workshops. (PDA pre-approved)

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.

STEP FOUR

 After all documentation has been received and approved, the best candidates will be selected to:

attend a Virtual Interview or Video Essay - This interview with a Lead Trainer will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. This will also
   give the Lead Trainer a chance to get to know you by asking you questions based on the documentation you have submitted. (A translator
   will be provided if needed.)


All forms can be found at http://positivediscipline.org/page-1276842.

*All criteria are reviewed on a case by case basis. Any variation of the above requirements must be approved.


PO Box 888244 • Atlanta, GA 30356 • Phone: 866-767- 3472 • Fax: 855-415- 2477
E-Mail: ACT@positivediscipline.org • Web: www.positivediscipline.org
Last Updated: August 10, 2017


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