Discipline That Teaches

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way is an intensive, 2 day certification training.  Participants learn to teach experientially, with exercises that "go beyond" intellectual understanding and help parents make a paradigm shift.

Used in over 58 countries, the curriculum is suitable for children of all ages and stands alone or complements existing programs.

Learning outcomes:

* Demonstrate understanding of the 5 criteria for effective discipline.  Learn the Positive Discipline philosophy and Adlerian model for healthy relationships and integrate these into your professional and personal life

* Practice the effective sequencing of a Positive Discipline parenting class, where parents learn, practice, and receive feedback on their use of new skills before trying them out at home.  

* Facilitate a 12 step, structured problem solving session to support parents in practicing new skills and bringing new perspectives to a problem they are having with their child.  

* Gain experience teaching and leading effective experiential activities that help parents develop the skills that actively support their child's growth in self-awareness, problem solving skills and resilience.  

* Particpants will be equipped to offer parenting classes utilizing a 7 week series format or apply the principals in half day or full day programming.  Teach principles, adaptable for today's mutli-cultural families with children of different ages and needs.

* Model specific skills that teach parents how to use an authoritative parenting style (kind and firm at the same time), which research has identified as the most effective in helping youth build skills, nurture academic achievement and reduce risky behaviors like drinking, drug use and early sexual activity.

* Mental health professionals will be able to integrate the basic concepts of Positive Discipline within the framework of their current practice.

Earn 13 CEs if you are a licensed mental health professional.  

This workshop meets qualifications for 13 hrs. of Continuing Education credit for MFCCs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider Number. PCE 3902.
Positive Discipline Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No. 6723. This program is co-sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.

Special needs/accommodations
If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us
 in advance. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Workshop Registrations: Please do not book your travel until organizer confirms your training date.  You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to attend.  No shows will not be eligible for refund.  
In the event of cancellation by organizer, participants will be notified by email used to register and will receive a full refund.

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Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way certification workshops are led by experienced trainers who commit to ongoing education and oversight by the Positive Discipline Association.  We're in the trenches day to day, working with families, practicing these principals and tools in our own lives, too!   We've been exposed to a number of parenting curricula and this is the one we come back to time and again - because it's so effective.  

Kimberly Gonsalves,  BA, ACC, CPDT


Kimberly is an ICF-accredited coach, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, and mom of 2 teens.  She has been practicing Positive Discipline for 15 years in her own family and working with parents, teachers and professionals who work with children and families since 2010.   Mindfulness, self-compassion practices, neuroscience and the science of habit formation complement her studies in Adlerian psychology and inform her coaching practice.  


Kristine Averilla,


Kristine is a parent educator with over 15 years of experience in childhood education and family support.  She received her Masters Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Golden Gate University.  Kristine is passionate about helping parents and caregivers enjoy the parenting journey while raising healthy, resilient, and confident children.  


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  • Are there discounts for teams?  Yes!  Groups of 3 or more from the same agency are eligible for a 10% discount.  Please contact Kristine Averilla at  kristineaverilla@gmail.com or (650) 892-7602 to register a group.  If you need to pay by check, please complete and sumbit the google form and Kristine will contact you with details on sending payment.
  • Are materials included?
    Yes, you'll receive a curriculum manual and the book, Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, Ed. D. as part of your registration. 
  • How do I sign up for this event?  By joining this event list, you'll receive information on upcoming trainings, specific dates, and links to register.