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The Positive Discipline Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia features presentations for educators, clinicians, and parents. Spend the day developing Positive Discipline tools for home and school, or to support others through your coaching, consulting, or counseling practice. CE Credit is available.


8:00 - Check-in/Welcome Table and Bookstore Open

9:00-10:00 - Opening Session - Keynote Speaker: Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

10:15-11:45 - Morning session 

11:45-1:15 - Lunch

1:15-2:15 -  First Afternoon Session 

2:15-2:30 - Afternoon Break 

2:30-4:00 - Second Afternoon Session  

4:00-4:30 - Conference Closing: Return Continuing Education Forms,

Check-out. Bookstore open until 4:30 PM.

School/Education Track

Morning Session - Cathy Kawakami, CPDLT and Genvieve Dorsey, M.A.
Transforming your School to a Positive Discipline Culture

First Afternoon Session - Elly Zhen, CPDT 
Positive Discipline SEL for Elementary Students

Second Afternoon Session - Jody Malterre, M.Ed., CPDT and Yogi Patel, CPDT
Who Said It? A Game Show Comparing Dr. Adler to Dr. Montessori

Parenting Track

Morning Session - Brad Ainge 
Parenting in the Real World

First Afternoon Session - Carol Dores, CPDT and Kelly Gfroerer, Ph.D., LPC, CPDT
Evidence-based Positive Discipline: Practical Parenting Tools

Second Afternoon Session - Deb Owen-Sohocki, MS, LPC, CPDT
The Space Between: The Choice Between Feeling and Action--Science Based
Self-Regulation Skills for Adults

Trauma Informed Track

Morning Session - Laurie Prusso, M.Ed., CPDT
Development, Relationships and Trauma Informed Care

First Afternoon Session - Brenda Garrett, M.Ed. CPDT
Supporting Resiliency Through Trauma-Informed Caregiver-Child Relationships

Second Afternoon Session - Jody McVittie, M.D., CPDLT
Building Resilience in Schools and School Systems

Choose Your Own Path

Morning Session - Cheryl Erwin, MA, MFT, CPDLT and Steven Foster, LCSW, CPDLT
Play and Problem Solving: an Experiential Exploration of the Importance of Play in Early Childhood

First Afternoon Session - Sarah Joseph, MSW, RSW, CGECPDT
Brain & Body awareness = Self-Regulation

Second Afternoon Session - Tracy McConaghie, LCSW, RPT/S, CPDT
Childhood Anxiety: creative solutions to create competence and resilience

Spanish Track

Morning Session - Alejandra Sandoval, Psicóloga- Psicoterapeuta Licenciada, CPDT
Disciplina Positiva en la Pareja

First Morning Session - Bibiana Infante, Psicóloga licenciada, CPDT
La Disciplina Positiva prepara a los niños para la vida del siglo 21

Second Morning Session - Karina  Bustamante, Psicóloga Clínica, CPDT
Escuelas informadas en trauma

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