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CE Workshop: Parenting & Classroom Management Strategies: A Guide To Help Young People Develop...
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When: Friday, August 3, 2018
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Damafing Keita Thomas, PhD
Contact: Staci Bratcher, Director of Operations
404-634-6272, ext. 208

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Workshop Title: Parenting & Classroom Management Strategies: A Guide To Help Young People Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills.

Workshop Description: 

Research suggests that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and those children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school, are less likely to misbehave. The “school-to prison pipeline,” is an unintended consequence of harsh school discipline- (disproportionately impacting students of color, poor students, and students with disabilities). To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. This workshop will offer how to teach important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply Positive Discipline Strategies to help students develop skills and competencies for emotional intelligence as identified by Daniel Goldman.
  2. Apply the Adlerian approach to parenting by learning how to use mutual respect, cooperation, kindness and firmness at the same time and by seeing mistakes as opportunities to learn.
  3. Describe and explain motivations for student misbehavior and be able to list the four mistaken beliefs that lead to misbehavior.
  4. Research confirms that we learn more deeply and internalize change more successfully when actively practicing the principles we are learning. Participants will observe and participate in experiential activities, demonstrations, and witness role plays that help students internalize cooperation, mutual respect, a sense of capability, and a desire to contribute. All activities are designed to help participants leave the workshop prepared to implement the three criteria for discipline that empowers:
    1. Respectful
    2. Effective Long Term
    3. Provides opportunities for the development of social and life skills
  5.  Examine and critique factors that contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline and describe strategies for education professionals—such as principals, district-level staff, and administrators—to enhance schools’ capacities to keep students out of the courts and in the classroom.
  6. Utilize the Significant Seven Perceptions and Skills (as identified by H. Stephen Glenn) that help children become low risk for the problems of youth today such as violence, vandalism, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide.

      CE Hours: 3 (Ethics)

      Level: Intermediate

      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Damafing Thomas provides individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults in private practice (A New Start Counseling Center, located in Fayetteville, GA.). Her proudest roles are as a wife and mother. Realizing that being a parent is one of the hardest jobs there is, often without any compass or effective parenting tools or strategies, Dr. Thomas supports parents, one family at a time. In her work with families, Dr. Thomas is influenced and guided by the research and work of Dr. Jane Nelsen, author of Positive Discipline, and Dr. John Gottman. She has received specialized training in Health Psychology. A native of Mali, West Africa, Dr. Thomas’ doctoral dissertation examined barriers to psychological help seeking behaviors among West African immigrants.

      Education & Experience: Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with 15 years of clinical experience. PhD in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University

      Registration Costs (per workshop):

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before July 20, 2018 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After July 20, 2018)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Staci Bratcher via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to July 20, 2018. No refunds will be given after July 20, 2018.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.