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Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.)

Parent Effectiveness Training or P.E.T. is the world’s No. 1 parent education program.

Benefiting a million parents since 1962 across 53 countries, P.E.T. was developed by award winning psychologist and three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Dr. Thomas Gordon. P.E.T. offers proven, practical, logical communication skills and problem solving steps applicable to any demographic status of the parent and child. Current research validates the effectiveness of using the non-punitive, compassionate and respectful parenting model introduced by Dr. Gordon.

P.E.T. is a skills training and relationship-based course which sets the family to have democratic, collaborative relationships. The core skills taught in P.E.T. are Active ListeningI-MessagesShifting Gears and No-Lose Conflict Resolution or Method III. The Behavior Window is the key to knowing which of these skills to use and for which specific situation.

Interested to join?

Who is it for?

For Parents, educators, councilors, social workers, and caregivers, and adults who deal with children.

P.E.T. is a complete model of effective parent-child relationships which works for all different kinds of families.

It works with children of all ages, from the very young through the rebellious adolescent years.

It works in parent-child relationships that have begun to deteriorate and it works to prevent problems before they occur, i.e., “training before trouble”.

It also works for single parents, stepparents and grandparents.

And it works in all cultures.

What will you learn?

All P.E.T. workshops are taught by certified instructors who are trained and certified by Gordon Training International  and Gordon Parenting . You will learn to:

Listen to your children so that they feel genuinely understood and accepted.

Talk to your children honestly and non-blamefully when their behavior causes you a problem.

Resolve conflicts and problems in your family so that no one loses and problems stay solved.

Deal with value collisions.

Troubleshoot family problems and know which skills to use to solve them.

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Instructor Training Workshop (I.T.W.)

Are you keen to become a certified Instructor of P.E.T.?

The Instructor Training Workshop is based on a “learn-by-doing” model. It comes with instruction in the core content and skills with exercises providing practice in dealing with group dynamics and the process of teaching and facilitating Gordon Training programs.

Becoming a P.E.T. Instructor is a 3-step process:

Step 1. Completion of a P.E.T. Class

Step 2. Completion of a P.E.T. Instructor Training Workshop

Step 3. Teach a qualifying P.E.T. Class and submit the participant evaluations to Gordon Training International (GTI) for review, final approval and instructor certification.


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