Parent Training Aligned to Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Goals and Mindfulness
1. Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP), book and course by Dinkmeyer and McKay, is a positive and encouraging approach to discipline for children from birth to adolescence, inclusive of "natural and logical consequences" .
2. No Drama Discipline and The Whole Brain Child, books by Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel (UCLA School of Medicine), present the latest neuroscientifically-based strategies to nurture your child's developing mind
3. The B.R.I.C.K. Teachers' and Parents' Handbooks© and course, by Breakthrough Magnet Schools'(I and II) founder Norma Neumann-Johnson, contain Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) skills, emphasizing: problem solving, self awareness, integrity, contributing to others, and the importance of lifelong learning.
These 3 key elements are combined in a 14 hour course (7 sessions of 2 hours length) for parents in the evening in schools, or at Community Centers and churches, for the parents of Greater Hartford. Videos, role plays, readings and more make this course into active learning and fun!
Teachers and Non-Certified Staff Training
This staff training course includes all elements of the Parent Training Course in column one, adapted to school staff and teachers' roles in schools. Total staff training (certified and non) provides a common knowledge of specialized vocabulary and classroom management techniques, based on the latest neuroscienetific research, empowering the entire school community with aligned strategies and knowledge. When all school personnel speak to children in a consistent way, and use consistent, positive and encouraging discipline strategies, students' academic skill, health, and well being have the best chance of developing.
What Parents Say
"I am grateful that the school provides this kind of training to parents. I know I needed it just to understand the minds of young kids. The training answered why kids react in a certain way and what is needed for them at any given point. I understand how to deal with conflict situations without escalating emotions."
"Listening to one-on-one stories from other parents and the discussions we had as a group at the end of learning each technique was extremely useful and confidence building. Thank you again for this opportunity."
Call to arrange the STEP/No Drama Discipline Course to be taught to parents or staff in your local community center, church or school soon.