We offer group therapy for all age ranges including Elementary, Middle and High School.

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Positive Discipline Parenting Group

With Jennifer Trainor, Licensed School Counselor, Mental Health Counselor

Saturdays from 9:00 - 11:00am, October 3 - November 14th 

Cost: $50/ session (14 sessions) reduced pricing for second parent/caregiver

*Must attend all sessions, as it is a structured program

*Sessions will be conducted via HIPAA compliant zoom platform




Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best-selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin, and others, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others). Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn the necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline also teaches.  




1.  Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance)
2.  Is mutually respectful and encouraging.  (Kind and firm at the same time.)
3.  Is effective long - term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world – and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.)
4.  Teaches important social and life skills.  (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, school or larger community.)
5.   Invites children to discover how capable they are.  (Encourages the
constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)



Positive Discipline Parenting and Classroom Management models are aimed at developing mutually respectful relationships. Positive Discipline teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time and is neither punitive nor permissive.


The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline include:
·       Mutual respect.  Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation,            and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
·       Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.
·       Effective communication and problem-solving skills.
·       Discipline that teaches (and is neither permissive nor punitive).
·       Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.
·       Encouragement (instead of praise). Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment."
"Unique Characteristics of the Positive Discipline Model also include:"
"·       Teaching adults and students through experiential activities. Creating an opportunity to practice new skills and to have fun learning by doing.
·       Classroom discipline programs and parent education programs that are consistent. Parents, teachers, and childcare providers can work together to provide a secure, consistent environment for children.
·       Inexpensive training and ongoing support so members of communities can teach each other Positive Discipline skills.
·       Certified trainers across the country who can work with schools and



The Positive Discipline Parenting and Classroom Management Model is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs.  Dr. Adler first introduced the idea of parenting education to United States audiences in the 1920s. He advocated treating children respectfully but also argued that spoiling and pampering children was not encouraging to them and resulted in social and behavioral problems. The classroom techniques, which were initially introduced in Vienna in the early 1920s, were brought to the United States by Dr. Dreikurs in the late 1930s. Dreikurs and Adler refer to the kind and firm approach to teaching and parenting as “democratic.”

Positive Discipline parent education classes are taught both internationally and across the country, and Positive Discipline is successfully used as the classroom management model in private, religious, and public elementary schools. A demonstration school program was developed and is steadily expanding

<>  The information provided on this page is cited directly from the Positive Discipline website.

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