Positive Family & Classroom Connections
Powerful Training for Professionals in Human Services & Education

Make More of a Difference with  Children, Youth & Families!

Discover the powerful impact that positive, personal connections bring to family, youth and professional relationships.  
Enhance the critical skills of your team!

Receive personalized parenting training and coaching.

Contact us at 757.291.2514 or


Professional Development Opportunities

For more information on the "Tools for Positive Impact" training for you or your agency staff, call 757.291.2514

Positive Discipline in the Classroom
2-Day Certification in the Positive Discipline Classroom Curriculum

This two-day interactive workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, school staff and administrators who want an effective discipline approach that integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging student behaviors.  Attendees will earn recognition as a Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator and will learn to:


  • Develop a large teaching toolbox of kind and firm discipline approaches.
  • Establish explicit classroom structures and procedures.
  • Create an equitable classroom community based on mutual respect.
  • Understand the motivation behind students' misbehavior and how to encourage positive change.
  • Facilitate effective class meetings teaching social skills and problem-solving.
  • Learn Positive Discipline/Adlerian Psychology for use in the classroom and school community.
  • Gain information on how to address the effects of childhood trauma and insecure attachment.

DATES:       AUGUST 17 & 18, 2017 (Thursday/Friday) – 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Location:    Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
                    4855 Princess Anne Rd.
                    Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Continental breakfast included.  Lunch on your own.
CEUs available through VCU.  14 Contact hours, 1.4 credits

:  $275 Early Registration – before August 8, 2017.  Late registration - $315.00 

Includes: The Revised 4th Edition Positive Discipline in the Classroom Book. Discover non-punitive strategies to create a classroom where students are learning self-discipline, responsibility, mutual respect, and problem-solving skills.

Leaders' Guide: You've experienced the magic of Positive Discipline and now you want to share these amazing tools with your colleagues. This how-to guide gives the theoretical background and activities you can use with co-workers to build a respectful, solution-focused, school community.

Teachers' Guide: This is the practical manual you've been looking for!  Designed to create a respectful classroom and school climate through social emotional learning, character education and effective discipline.  Provides short, clear lesson plans you can easily integrate into daily curriculum.

To discover more about the curriculum:  https://positivediscipline.org /classroom-educator-training
About the Instructor:  Suzanne Smitha McPherson, is an author of the Positive Discipline Classroom curriculum!

Register and Pay (Email verification will be sent w/in 1 business day):

EARLY Registration open:  $275

Materials will be delivered at the training.

For INFORMATION or to REGISTER and pay by check, please contact Brenda Garrett, 757-291-2514

March 23-24, 2017









Positive Discipline Parent Educator Certification

Become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator - 
Enhancing your work with children & families

Participate in a 2-Day Professional Development Interactive Seminar for Parent Educators, Counselors and other Human Service Professionals working with families and youth.
   Including:  Foster Parent Trainers, Early Childhood Educators and Home Visitors, Social Workers,
   In-Home Counselors,Therapists, Mentors, Teachers, Advocates, Shelter Counselors, and more.

Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 2017 - 14 hours of Training       
8:30AM to 5PM - both days

COST:  $225 Early registration* - Includes Parent Educator Training Manual, Positive Discipline book, Certification and Registration with the Positive Discipline Association.  Continental breakfast provided both days.  Lunch on your own.

LOCATION:  Catholic Charities of Easter Virginia, 4855 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach (near Baxter Rd.)

You may pay by credit card, Pay Pal (below) or by checkAfter March 16, cost is $265.  

 For Public or private agencies needing an invoice, please email (below), w/ the following information:

  1. Name/s of attendees
  2. Indicate if you are paying by check or credit card.

Early Registration has closed.  Register for $265 (added fees cover expedited shipping):     


If you have paid a deposit of $135 - Pay $90 Balance here:

Training group size is limited to 28 people.  Please plan to register early. 

What is Positive Discipline?  Positive Discipline is an evidence informed curriculum created by Dr. Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, based on the teachings of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Positive Discipline 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 necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline also teaches. Watch video by Jane Nelsen on the Five Criteria for “effective discipline that 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.)


Tools for Positive Impact 
Working More Effectively w/ Children &
Parents with Histories of Trauma 

A Trauma-Informed Training for Human Service, Mental Health and
Education Professionals.
designed to strengthen skills in your direct services
with children and families.

THIS WORKSHOP IS PASSED.  Another offering is expected in April, 2017
Email your interest to bkgarrett62@gmail.com 

8hrs. of CEUs are available from VCU - $30

DAY 1:  Expand your understanding of the Impact of Trauma,
Review the ACEStudy and examine ACE assessment tools
Identify the Elements of Trauma Informed Care and strengthen 
your ability to deliver trauma informed services.

DAY 2:  Foundations of Positive Discipline - Tools You Can Use
Across Settings w/ Children and Families.  Develop/practice skills to
help parents strengthen or restore a healthy attachment, and learn how to
be KIND and FIRM at the same time. 

Feb. 9 & 10, 2017     8:30AM - 12:30PM
 Law Enforcement Training Academy
411 Integrity Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Exit Birdneck; turn right onto Birdneck, then RIGHT at light - Americus Way
then RIGHT onto Birdneck Circle

The 8-Hour, 2 half-day seminar is recommended for professionals

working with children and families in the home, classroom, juvenile
corrections, counseling, public welfare and other settings where 
there is high risk for histories of trauma - child abuse, domestic 
violence, neighbor crime and violence, drug/substance abuse, etc.


  • Research Review on Impact of Trauma - on the brain, social/ 
    emotional development; especially in early childhool
  • Elements of Trauma Informed Care - SAMSHA definitions
    and components, collection of resources for training and 
    assessments for you and your agency.
  • Overview of the ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
  • Positive Discipline Tools for parenting education, clinical
    and classroom settings - which strengthen relationships, 
    are effective long-term, teach positive social skills, and invite
  • Interactive and experiential workshop to reinforce skills!

ATTENDEES will receive a number of research and other resources via
email in advance of the training, if you wish to read them in advance, and
to have for future use.  All handouts and additional resources will also
be shared for future use.

We look forward to learning and growing together!

Cost:  $35 for 2-Part Seminar (Day 1 only - $25)
Book:  $10 - Positive Discipline (Recommended)

REGISTER:  Pay by credit card below.

To arrange to pay by check - e-mail Brenda Garrett,
bkgarrett62@gmail.com and request an invoice with the following:
Names of attendees, # of Books = Total authorized
Invoice will be emailed; please arrange to pay prior to training date.