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Register for Part 5 of the Parenting Workshop Series | October 18


Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting with Dr. Joan Durrant

Workshop Description: In order to prevent physical punishment, we need to: 1) increase parents' knowledge of child development; 2) help them manage their emotions; and 3) shift their lens from control to mentorship. Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP), a 9-week not-for-profit program, addresses each of these key factors. Parents learn how children's emotions and brains develop from infancy through adolescence; recognize their stress response and learn techniques to manage it; and acquire skills in scaffolding children's learning while keeping them physically and emotionally safe. Through interactive activities, parents come to understand behavior from the child's perspective so that they can effectively support children's learning, rather than punishing their mistakes.

Speaker Biography:

A Developmental Psychologist, Dr. Joan Durrant has recently retired from a 33-year academic career at the University of Manitoba. She now focuses her time on the non-profit she founded to coordinate implementation of Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP) across Canada and in many other countries, including Korea, Mongolia, and the United Arab Emirates. Joan has dedicated her professional life to understanding why parents strike their children as punishment and how we can prevent it. She created PDEP to address the psychological factors and cultural beliefs that underlie this 'everyday violence' against children. In addition to publishing several books, Joan has published many academic articles on corporal punishment and has delivered addresses, workshops and trainings to governments and organizations around the world.

Pricing & Registration:

General Admission: $25.00

APSAC Members and The New York Foundling Staff General Admission: Free

1 CE Credit (Social Work & Psychology): $25.00

1 CE Credit (Social Work & Psychology) for APSAC Members and New York Foundling Staff: $15.00

*If you are in New York and would like social work, mental health or psychology CE credits please email

APSAC Members: You will receive your discount automatically when registering.

The New York Foundling Staff: Please email to request your entry code.

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