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Advanced Candidate Training Checklist

2017 Update: In addition to previous Advanced Training requirements, the following additional criteria have been added effective July 2017.

− Written reflection on Jane Nelsen's Positive Discipline book: https://www.positivediscipline.com/products/positive-discipline-book (This is also available in many different languages.)

− 2-3 Written Recommendations from people who know your Positive Discipline work. This could be a Mentor, Trainer, Lead Trainer, or people you've worked with in schools. Written Recommendations should be sent on your behalf to act@positivediscipline.org.

− Virtual Interview after all documentation has been received and approved. This interview will be an opportunity for you to ask questions as well as to assure full understanding of the Advanced Training process and commitment. (Translator will be provided as needed.)

If working towards Teaching Parenting Certification:

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

If working towards Positive Discipline in the Classroom Certification:

 Complete the PDC Essential Skills and Class Meetings Reflections


The above requirements have been added to reflect that Advanced Training in Positive Discipline takes time and commitment over a period in which the Trainer Candidate completes field experience to practice facilitation skills and deeply understand the principles upon which Positive Discipline is based. The recommended Trainer Candidacy period is a minimum of 1 year.

− Complete “Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way” workshop sponsored or recognized by PDA 

− Complete “Positive Discipline in the Classroom” workshop sponsored or recognized by PDA 

− Active Trainer Candidate Level membership in the PDA for a minimum 1 year before applying for ACT (To Join:  https://positivediscipline.org/Join)

− Trainer Candidate Application and Letter of Intent  (The link to this form should be received in an email once you have joined at the Trainer Candidate Level. If you have joined at the Trainer Candidate Level and have not received this link, please email ACT@positivediscipline.org.)

− Attend Think Tank at least once (strongly recommended) 

− Summary report on a book by Adler or Dreikurs, reflecting on 1-2 key principles or ideas 

Advanced Training Agreement

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

− Pay all required fees according to Advanced Training Event page by deadline. 

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

− The most qualified applicants will be placed with priority.

For Teaching Parenting Certification:
It is recommended that you complete as many 7 week Parenting Classes as you can before applying for ACT. It is required to submit all of the documentation listed below for each Parenting Class you submit. 2 Complete Sets are required.

 Participant evaluations of at least two (12-14 hour) parenting classes, with minimum of 6 attendees (8 preferred): 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

For Positive Discipline in the Classroom Certification:
Classroom Educators working with students.

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 or a minimum of 6 months.

 A PDC evaluation form completed by a direct supervisor, CPDT or 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.

 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.

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.

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.


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Last Updated: August 10, 2017



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