Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

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Parenting the Positive Discipline Way is a 15-hour in-service level series of trainings for foster and kinship caregivers which explores tools to teach valuable social and life skills to children instead of using any form of punishment, rewards, praise, permissiveness or logical consequences.  This six-part Positive Discipline series will help foster parents and kinship care providers to better understand why discipline with abused and neglected children is different from the discipline that typically works with children who have not been abused or neglected.  Participants will learn how to use effective discipline that is kind and firm, creates connection before correction, is empowering and encouraging to children to believe in their own capability, and keeps the joy in caregiving.  Participants will gain practice with experiential exercises, group discussions, and handouts to develop skills for getting into the child’s world to understand the belief behind behavior in order to motivate change.  Topics and techniques apply to all ages and many settings.

The Alliance also offers An Introduction to Positive Discipline for those who are interested in experiencing a 2 hour sample of Positive Discipline training around techniques and principles for your home.

Additional Resources

Click one of the images below to hear about Positive Discipline from Dr. Jane Nelsen (author and co-founder of Positive Discipline), and Darcey Hancock (Statewide Administrator of the Division of Licensed Resources in Washington).  You will hear them discuss some of the foundational concepts of Positive Discipline, and how WA State Law around discipline fits with Positive Discipline techniques.

  Photograph of Dr. Jane Nelsen  Photograph of Darcey Hancock

Length (hours)






Dates and Locations

September 17, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
September 24, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
October 1, 2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Gracia Hahn, MSW, Child Welfare Trainer, Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Tacoma DCFS Office 1949 S State St Tacoma WA 98405, 195 Map

For help through the licensing process please contact your Fostering Together Liaison ERIKA THOMPSON erika-thompson@olivecrest.orgor 206.406.2398


For training-related questions please contact your Child Welfare Trainer, Gracia Hahn, at  or 253.332.4814


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