For Professionals: Certification
Training & Certification
- When Your Kids Push Your Buttons Certification Training
- Effective Parenting Workshop Certification Training
- Certified "Buttons" Educators
When Your Kids Push Your Buttons
The When Your Kids Push Your Buttons Certification Training is designed for parent educators, therapists, guidance counselors, social workers, teachers, childcare workers — anyone working with children and families. You will learn to incorporate the "Buttons" methods into your work and may be certified to teach "Buttons" workshops to parents.
In this two full day and two part day training, we explore concepts, theories and ideas that will help you serve and better understand the parents and children you work with. You will learn what our buttons are, where they come from, why they get pushed, and how they can be defused so they do not control our reactions to children. You will learn that it is not behavior that does the pushing but what we create in our own heads.
We discuss the cognitive chain reaction model of button-pushing and then explore the layers below to understand the role of expectations, standards, and beliefs that play their role in ineffective and often harmful reactions to children's behavior. We cover the meaning beneath that behavior, what it is attempting to say, and how to respond to it effectively.
The exercises are the key to personalizing the theories into our lives. You will have the opportunity to work them through individually. We will hear each other's, discuss them, and analyze them, so you will be able to facilitate them yourself.
Within the dynamic of our group, you will share stories; the issues other professionals are working with and how this approach can help. Whether you incorporate the ideas and methods into your personal work or decide to teach a "Buttons" class for parents, you will be encouraged to use your own style and approach. The manual will provide you with the information you need and assist you in dealing with everyday situations you come upon in your work.
What certified Buttons Educators have to say?
After having delivered the “Buttons” training, I find that material which focuses almost exclusively on the child's behavior, not nearly as engaging for parents (or me for that matter). I am hooked on Buttons and I find I can “hook” parents on it too.
Bonnie, I want to thank you so much for your wonderful Buttons training. It both reinforced my own parenting philosophy and pushed me to really challenge myself in so many meaningful ways. When I read a parenting book or go to a workshop there is always wisdom to be gained. I usually however remain skeptical about or disagree with some element of the presenter’s vision. That was not the case with you! I learned so much from you and thought that your perspective was both inspiring and refreshing. At the same time you provided me with tools to grow and a path to bring more introspection and mindfulness to my parenting. I so look forward to sharing this with others.
This training has left me feeling—I want more! It has given me the tools to be able to not only help other parents become the parents they want to be but also for myself as a parent.
We convene at 6:30 pm the first evening and meet for two and a half hours to cover introductions, overview of goals, and the basic principles of the "Buttons" method. In order to get the most from your training, participants should have read When Your Kids Push Your Buttons And What You Can Do About It prior to this first meeting.
The next two days are both full days, starting at 9:00 am with a light breakfast, and finishing up at 5:00 pm. We break for one hour at lunch time.
Day One 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Day Two 9:00am - 5:00pm Part 1:
- Group Dynamics
- The Art of Connective Parenting
Day Three 9:00am - 5:00pm Part 2:
- Identifying Buttons
- Our Agendas
- The Gap
- The Buttons Chain Reaction Model
- The Role of Assumptions
- Understanding Standards and Expectations
Day Four 9:00am - 2:00pm:
- Adjusting Expectations
- Uncovering Beliefs
- How Beliefs Serve
- The Eight Buttons
- The Four Stages of Parenting
- The Nine Habits to Defusing Buttons
- Individual Presentations
The first evening you will receive the "Buttons" manual and parent workbook to be used throughout the training. A light breakfast is included both Saturday and Sunday.
The Peterborough location is my home office on top of a beautiful hill with mountain views. Build your practice in a relaxed setting and enjoy a small group (10-12 max.) of colleagues with lots of interaction throughout the training. No sterile conference rooms!
Space is limited to 12 participants.
The Effective Parenting Workshop Certification Training
The Effective Parenting Workshop (EPW), developed by Bonnie for a parent education program, is designed for parents of 1-5 year-old children. In the program, parents learn to understand their children's developmental stages and unique, individual temperament characteristics. They learn what to expect from their children's behavior and how best to communicate empathically with both preverbal and verbal children and to encourage responsibility even in very young children. Encouragement, motivation and conflict resolution are used instead of reward and punishment. Effective limits are set positively so that children are motivated to cooperate. All the skills used are designed to support self-esteem, self-confidence, and capability. Healthy boundaries are highlighted to ensure proper balance between the needs of the parent and those of the child.
The professional training course for The EPW is given over 4 days with a certification option to teach the program. It includes a training manual and parent handouts.
The manual includes a syllabus for a 12 week course, two 6 week courses, a 10 week course and an 8 week course.
The training manual contains material for the trainers' preparation for each session plus the applicable parent handouts with each session. The beginning of the training covers the basic principles of Effective Parenting, tips for being an effective Parent Educator, and how to handle group dynamics. In addition a master copy of the parent handouts for all sessions are included for copying.
The EPW is designed in two parts:
Part I: Understanding Your Child: Development, Communication and Behavior
Part II: Developing Responsibility: The Power of Positive Discipline
- The Art of Parenting
- Developmental Expectations
- Making Expectations Realistic
- Connective Communication
- Making the Connections
- Building Self-Esteem
- Encouragement and Motivation
- Setting Effective Limits
- Developing Responsible Behavior
- Conflict Resolution
- Creating Boundaries
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“This is something I can use in all aspects of my life. I couldn’t have learned something more important. This knowledge will be a true gift for the children.”
“With the ‘Buttons’ approach, I had more energy at the end of the day. I wasn't as exhausted emotionally from the behavior of my students when I left my room.”
—4th grade teacher
“‘When Your Students Push Your Buttons’ is not about fixing or changing kids. This approach is for teachers who don’t like how they feel when their button gets pushed. It’s for anyone who wants to be able to respond to situations as their best selves.”
—8th grade teacher