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

Improving outcomes with the families you serve will increase your personal rewards, as well as your organization's growth potential. To learn more, or to arrange a no-obligation consultation, simply contact us at your convenience.


Professional Development Opportunities

Positive Discipline Parent Educator Certification

April 26-27, 2018 8:30AM-5PM









Become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator -
Enhancing your work with children and their parents.

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

DATES:  April 26 & 27 (Thurs.-Friday; 14 hours of Training) 8:30AM to 5PM - both days

COST:  $375 Early registration* - Includes

  • Parent Educator Training Manual,
  • Positive Discipline book,
  • Positive Discipline Parent Workbook
  • Positive Discipline Parent Tool Cards,
  • Certification and Registration with the Positive Discipline Association. 

    Continental breakfast provided both days.  Lunch is on your own. 

*Self-pay, partial scholarships are available on a limited basis. Contact the trainer to apply (info below).

  • In addition - Organizations registering 3 or more people, qualify for a $50 per person discount.
    Please contact Brenda Garrett by email to apply. 
    positivefamilyconnections@gmail.com or call 757-291-2514

LOCATION:  Catholic Charities of Easter Virginia, (Turn in at Church of the Ascension)
                      4855 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
                      (near Baxter Rd.)

You may pay by credit card or Pay Pal (below;) or by check.  Late tuition is $425 (after April 13)  

 For Public or private agencies needing an invoice, please email the following information:

  1. Agency name/ address,
  2. Name/s and email addresses of attendees
  3. Indicate if you are paying by check or credit card.

2-Day Positive Discipline Parent Educator Certification training
You may register and pay using the PayPal button below. 

Pay $375 Earlybird Registration.  

Registration is now open.  

To request a partial scholarship, email Brenda at positivefamilyconnections@gmail.com
or call 757-291-2514.

Training group size is limited to 30 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.)


Impacting Kids in Challenging Settings:
Social-Emotional Skill Building for the Classroom, Treatment Center, Foster Home and Intensive In-Home

A Trauma-Informed, Interactive Seminar for Professionals serving children with significant social-emotional
in group settings and the home.  Research shows that Social-emotional skills are the greatest determinant of success in education, relationships, on the job - and in LIFE!

Thurs./Friday, Feb. 15 & 16, 2018 – 9AM – 12PM both days (Light breakfast/ coffee)
Rupert Sargent Building, 1 Franklin St., Hampton, VA 23669

ABOUT THE TRAINING:  Two half days – lots of practical experience!

  • Enhance Your Trauma Informed Care Skills
  • Learn Activities that Build Children's Social-Emotional Skills
  • Help Children Cooperate through Connection and Choices
  • Practice De-escalation Skills you can use and teach children, teachers and parents!

Learn and practice ACTIVITIES that build Social-Emotional Skills in group settings, including:

  • Build self-regulation AND support self-motivation – the 2 most critical factors to school success!
  • Strengthen children’s ability to cooperate
  • Increase  effective communication
  • Help develop empathy
  • Create Group Guidelines and Routines with children's input
  • Incorporate Group & Family meetings for routine planning
    and critical problem solving

Learn and Practice De-escalation Skills (Day 2)

  • Help children recognize triggers or dysregulated behavior.
  • Evidence that anger can be energizing.
  • Understand the brain’s response to fear and control
  • Learn ways to connect to a child experiencing anger/ 
  • Offer calming options and acceptable solutions

Seating is limited.  Please reserve by Feb. 12, 2018

Positive Discipline Activities Manual:  $30
Manuals have been ordered.  Any extra may be 
purchased at the workshop.

Registration remains open/ Manual have been ordered.

Call or email to request an invoice and/or to arrange
payment by check.  757-291-2514
Thank you!

PRE-APPROVED SCHOLARSHIPS:  To see if you qualify, please email or call (see above).  There are limited slots.  To qualify, you must be self pay or agency pay - by an agency w/ a budget of under $200,000.


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.

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. 

This workshop can be provided at your agency for
all or partial staff.
Call to discuss size of group, materials  needed and fees.

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.

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:       Summer 2018 - Check back for dates in April
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

:  $375 Early Registration – Late registration - $425.00 

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!

Registration is not yet open.  Please check back in April 2018.

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