Registration is now open for the

Peaceful Parenting
Educator and Coach Training

with

Dr. Laura Markham

"I look forward to supporting you to grow into a parenting educator or coach
who lights the way for the families with whom you work.
I'm honored to be your guide." --


Would You Like To Become a

Peaceful Parenting Educator or Coach?


Imagine yourself working as a parent educator:

  • Launching a book group for parents and confidently answering their questions.
  • Creating a handout or a presentation for a parenting workshop.
  • Understanding child development in a whole new way.
  • Supporting families to change, with solutions that really work.
  • Pursuing your passion to make the world a better place by supporting mothers and fathers to parent with more connection and empathy.
  • Or maybe you want to be a parenting coach.

    In addition to parent educator skills, you want the knowledge and confidence to begin seeing your own clients and supporting them to transform their families.

    You've come to the right place!

    Dr. Laura Markham created the Peaceful Parenting approach that centers Connection, Coaching and Parental Self-Regulation. She has coached thousands of families to restore harmony and connection. Her books are in a dozen languages, and her ideas have transformed parenting across the world.

    And now, you can train directly with Dr. Laura to learn her skills and secrets! She will teach you the mechanics of how she works magic with families, and apply those lessons to your own clients.


This Training is for You if:

  • You're passionate about Peaceful Parenting.
  • You want the knowledge and confidence to support other parents to transform their families.
  • You are currently working with parents or children, and you want to increase your ability to support families with solutions that really work.
  • You would like to work professionally as a parenting educator or coach.
  • You aren't sure whether you want to become a parenting educator or coach, but you want to know more about it.
  • You want to keep growing as a parent and offer the best possible support to your own child.

This is your chance!

Become an expert in Peaceful Parenting,
and get certified by Dr. Laura Markham as a Peaceful Parent Educator or Coach!


There are two Training Tracks available.
Choose the one that's right for you.


Which Track is Right for You?

Parent Educator

  • September 15 through December 15.
  • Membership in the Success Path to Peaceful Parenting including access to all audios, printables, spotlights, etc. so you become an expert on Peaceful Parenting.
  • Access to Dr. Laura's monthly Office Hours to ask parenting questions and observe Dr. Laura coaching parents.
  • Participation in Private Facebook Networking and Support Group for Educator Trainees.
  • Organizer Syllabus to track your assignments.
  • Full Involvement in Dr Laura's monthly live Coach Training Meetings, including workshops on Empathy, Leading Book Groups, etc .
  • Weekly Lectures on Child Development, Attachment, Sibling Conflict and more.
  • Monthly homework that includes learning to make parenting handouts.
  • Monthly Mentoring group meetings to discuss what you're learning and how to get started as a Parent Educator.
  • Monthly Peer Cohort meetings to discuss what you're learning and give each other support.
  • A Handbook to make it easy for you to lead your own Book Groups for parents, teaching Dr. Laura's Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids book. You will also be eligible to lead groups that accompany the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Online Course.
  • What You Earn: Badge for your website and Certificate that you've completed Dr. Laura Markham's Peaceful Parent Educator Training
  • Investment: $796 (in 4 monthly payments of $199)

Coach

  • September 15 through May 20, 2023.
  • Membership in the Success Path to Peaceful Parenting including access to all audios, printables, spotlights, etc, so you become an expert on Peaceful Parenting.
  • Access to Dr. Laura's monthly Office Hours to ask parenting questions and observe Dr. Laura coaching parents.
  • Participation in Private Facebook Networking and Support Group for Coaching Trainees.
  • Organizer Syllabus to track your assignments.
  • Full Involvement in Dr Laura's monthly live Coach Training Meetings, including workshops on Empathy, Working with Resistance, Working with Trauma, and Staying Regulated as a Coach, plus Leading Book Groups, creating Parenting Handouts, etc .
  • All the Lectures in the Parent Educator Track, plus lectures on Coaching Clients for transformation.
  • Monthly homework that includes creating your client intake form and agreement, your coaching bio, parenting handouts, etc.
  • Monthly Mentoring group meetings to discuss what you're learning and how to work with the clients you're seeing.
  • Monthly Peer Cohort meetings to discuss what you're learning, help each other prep for Case Presentations, and give each other support as you begin working with clients.
  • Special Live Seminar with Dr. Laura on the Business Aspects of Coaching
  • Participation in monthly Reflective Practice Group to give you emotional support in your development as a coach.
  • You will be matched with one to three actual clients for real live coaching experience.
  • Presentation of one of your cases to the full training group.
  • Three Supervisory consultations with Dr. Laura Markham; includes her time to listen to three of your recorded client sessions and give you in-depth feedback. (You can also use this time to consult about your own family!)
  • Online Retreat and Graduation with Dr. Laura.
  • A Handbook to make it easy for you to lead your own Book Groups for parents, teaching Dr. Laura's Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids book. You will also be eligible to lead groups that accompany the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Online Course.
  • What You Earn:
    Badge for your website and Certificate that you are a Peaceful Parenting Coach who has trained with Dr. Laura Markham.
  • You will also be receive a listing in the Certified Peaceful Parent Coach Directory at AhaParenting.com which allows you to receive referrals from Dr. Laura Markham.
  • Investment: $7992 (in 9 monthly payments of $888)

Requirements

Parent Educator

  • Complete the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Online Course, which is a prerequisite for this training, including test.
  • Attendance at (or delayed viewing of) all monthly Office Hours from September thru December.
  • Active participation in the Membership and Course Facebook Pages during the training.
  • Completion of all Homework assignments and Reading assignments (self report).
  • Completion of Organizer Checklist Report at conclusion of Training.

Coach

  • Complete the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Online Course, which is a prerequisite for this training, including test.
  • Attendance at (or delayed viewing of) monthly Office Hours from September through April.
  • Active participation in the Membership and Course Facebook Pages during the training.
  • Completion of all Homework assignments and Reading assignments (self report).
  • Participation in Group Sessions with Coaching Mentors.
  • Participation in Reflective Practice Sessions.
  • Participation in Cohort Collaboration Sessions.
  • Submission of Recordings and Transcripts of 3 Client Sessions to Dr. Laura.
  • Case Presentation.
  • Completion of Organizer Checklist Report at conclusion of Training.
  • You must submit an application since the number of spots is limited. Preference is given to those working in a professional capacity with parents and/or children.



What Past Trainees Are Saying:


"The training was rich in info. Dr. Laura was able to synthesize and structure the most relevant information. I liked that the training also covered practical info, like how to conduct the first session. I appreciate Dr. Laura's kindness, knowledge and professionalism."


"I found the lectures, Q&A sessions and Facebook group very valuable, and the self-paced format very convenient and flexible. The homework assignments were great for reflection and gaining further insights."


"The training provided growth and direction with my own family and in my professional life. Each of these aspects has benefited greatly from participating in the training."


"A great in-depth exploration of parenting. It offered clear ideas, explanations for rationales and supportive immersion in the material.


"I walked away with a very clear understanding of Peaceful Parenting and how to educate parents on the process and support their engagement in the material."


"I loved seeing the Peaceful Parenting approach from the coaching perspective. It gave me so much insight into how to not only apply these concepts to my own parenting but also how to teach them to others. It also gave me an understanding of the pitfalls and obstacles that I will likely encounter if I enter the coaching world."


"I loved the Live Q&A sessions and Facebook group and found that many people had the same questions I did. I benefitted from seeing other trainees beautifully answer and support each other. I also got to know a group of other trainees with whom I am still in touch and we have become a truly beautiful support group."


"The material was plentiful and robust. Live office hours and coaching calls with Dr. Laura were inspiring and instructive."


"It was a wonderful opportunity and it has transformed the work that I do."

REGISTER NOW


This is your chance to be trained directly by Dr. Laura Markham!
Please choose whichever Training Track works best for you.

Parent Educator

$999

$796

in 4 monthly payments of $199

Peaceful Parenting Coach

$9900

$7992

in 9 monthly payments of $888

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the next Training begin?

The next training begins on September 15, 2022. 

Registration will close on September 9.

I have not yet taken the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Online Course which is a prerequisite for this Training. Is there a way to take it right away?

YES! We are making a special exception to allow people who have not completed the PPHK Course to have full access immediately, even though it is not offered until September. As soon as you register for this Educator or Coach Training, please email Administrator@AhaParenting.com right away. We will help you register for the PPHK Course, and give you full access, so you can begin it now. That way you won't need to wait for the next cohort to start in September and proceed week by week into December. There is one small drawback -- you will not be able to join the Course Facebook page until the Autumn cohort begins in September. But the huge plus is that if you focus, you can self-pace to complete the PPHK Course before the Coach Training even begins, which is the requirement. There is no way to do justice to both the PPHK Course and the Coach or Educator Training at the same time.

What is the time commitment?

You can expect to spend:

  • 4 hours/month listening to the lectures.
  • 1.5 hours/month participating in the Coach Training Meetings.
  • 3 hours/month participating in Office Hours and listening to past Office Hours.
  • 1.5 hours per month in your Coach Mentoring meeting.
  • 1.5 hours per month meeting with your Peer Cohort. 
  • 1.5 hours per month on your homework assignment.
  • 2 hours per month learning transformative parenting strategies from the Success Path spotlights.
  • 4 hours per month learning about peaceful parenting from the Success Path Q & A Topics.

That's 19 hours/month. In addition, since you have access to the full Membership resources, you could easily spend many more hours listening to Office Hours and also Dr. Laura's Audio Library, to learn from her answers to parents' questions on virtually every topic.

Parent Educator trainees graduate December 15, and Coach Trainees have very few obligations that month. Beginning in January, Coach Trainees will find their work load shifts as they begin to coach a client for six weeks. Coach trainees also have the opportunity to do a case presentation to the larger group, and to have solo meetings with Dr. Laura!

How do I access this Training?

Everything is online. Most of it is recorded so you can listen on your own schedule!

When is the monthly live Coaching Training with Q & A?

The Live Coaching Sessions with Dr. Laura are one Thursday/month from 4 to 6pm ET. That's at 9pm in London and at 6am in Australia -- not ideal, but it allows everyone to make it. If you can't attend live, the sessions will always be recorded. 

I am already in the Success Path to Peaceful Parenting, which I see is included as part of the training. Do I get credit for my payment for the Success Path?

Yes! We will extend your Success Path subscription so that you are not charged for the months while you are in this training.

Can I earn CE credits for this training?

Sorry, there at this point we cannot offer CE credits for this training. We do hope to arrange CE credits in the future. But we think that the benefits of this training to your work as a Coach will far outweigh the lack of CE credits.

How does the billing work?

Both the Parent Educator and the Coach Trainings are set up with payment plans to make them more affordable. You will pay the first month when you register for the Training. After that, your card will be charged the monthly amount for the number of months indicated. Your card info is kept by a certified third party billing service called Stripe. We never see your card. Please note that once you pass the refund period (October 1), you are consenting to pay the entire amount due, even if you decide to end your participation before the program is completed.

Are there scholarships available for this training?

Yes, there are a small number of partial scholarships available for the Parent Educator Track. These are reserved for practitioners who are already working in communities of color. Please send an email to DrLauraMarkham@AhaParenting.com.

Please note that both of the training tracks are set up with payment plans to make them more affordable, and that the prices are already discounted compared to comparable trainings. This is a professional training, which means that you are investing in your future as an Educator or Coach. The Training allows you to interact and be trained over many months directly with Dr. Laura Markham. The Coach Training allows you to receive ongoing individualized feedback about your work from Dr. Laura and to receive a Coach listing on the Aha! Parenting website, which gives you years of client referrals. And the Educator level gives you the amazing value of three months of training by an internationally recognized expert at a price that is very affordable even for a parenting educator just beginning in the business.

Can international students participate?

Yes, absolutely! We have many international students. The meetings will not always be at the most convenient times for those outside the US, but you don't need to attend everything live.

I know Dr. Laura Markham’s book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids covers ages 0-9 but how about this training?

This is a training on coaching parents who have children of all ages using the peaceful parenting approach. If you look at the AhaParenting.com website, you will see that Dr. Laura does speak to parents of babies through teens.

What is the structure of the Training?

This training is designed to help you become an "expert" in Peaceful Parenting, so a lot of what you will learn will be geared toward that goal. In addition, Parent Educator Trainees will learn the skills of parent education, including answering parent questions, explaining concepts, and creating handouts for parents. They will also receive a Handbook so they can launch their own parent book groups to gain further practice. Coach Trainees will do all of the above plus will have the opportunity to coach actual clients under the supervision of Dr. Laura, a coach mentor, and a peer cohort.

Because Dr. Laura's work is so extensive in addressing Peaceful Parenting, her writing forms the foundation of the initial "syllabus." You will begin immediately reviewing (or introducing yourself to) the following materials, which thoroughly cover The Peaceful Parenting approach.

  • The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Course, which you must have completed prior to this Training.
  • The Success Path to Peaceful Parenting - Spotlights on Anger, Anxiety, Resilience, Roughhousing, Self Regulation, Setting Limits, Special Time etc.
  • Dr. Laura's three books: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, and the Workbook.

You will also have access to a fully library of Dr. Laura's Training lectures, which are released every Monday.

In addition, you are encouraged to begin watching recordings of Dr. Laura coaching parents, to learn to answer parent questions. Coaching is modeled using Dr. Laura's Audio Library (60 hours of Dr. Laura answering parent questions about a wide range of topics), and the Success Path Office Hours Library (30+ videos of Dr. Laura coaching parents during Workshops and Office Hours). Please keep a running list of questions that arise for you as you watch these coaching sessions and ask them during the Coach Training meetings.

Dr. Laura hosts monthly live Coach Training meetings when all Parent Educator and Coach Trainees are welcome to ask questions and to participate via the chat. These sessions include actual practical experience that will be invaluable to both Parent Educators and Coaches, such as listening/empathy exercises, or a handbook on hosting a parent book group. After the Parent Educators "graduate", the Coach training continues into the new year, when it will include Workshops such as Working with Resistance, Working with Trauma, reading one of Dr. Laura's Case Studies, etc. All sessions are recorded for convenient listening. 

Each track has its own private Facebook Group for the Training. All Trainees are encouraged to participate fully, for learning, support and connection.

Each track has its own Organizer to help you keep track of what you need to do.

What Topics are Covered in the Lecture Library?

Both Parent Educator and Coach Trainees have access to these lectures:

  • What exactly IS Peaceful Parent Education and Coaching?
  • Using Preventive Maintenance Tools to increase Connection.
  • Child Development - Part 1
  • Child Development: Babies and Toddlers
  • Child Development: Preschoolers
  • Child Development: School-Age Kids
  • Child Development: Tweens and Teens
  • Healing Attachment - Part 1
  • Healing Attachment - Part 2
  • When a child is Hitting
  • Sibling Conflict
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Teaching Parents to Respond Constructively to Misbehavior

In addition, Coach Trainees have access to these lectures about coaching:

  • How to make intake forms work for you.
  • The first session- Forging a bond and giving hope.
  • The second session- Finding a win.
  • How to Double-click during a session to understand what’s really going on.
  • Helping parents learn to self-regulate.
  • Working with Couples
  • Reporting and Referring

Do participants need to have a child psychology background to understand the concepts and apply them in Coaching Practice?

No. This training will give you enough insight into child psychology and family dynamics to understand and apply the concepts and techniques in Parent Education or in a Coaching Practice. 

What is the application process for the Coach Training?

Once you register for the Coach Training, you will receive an email with the application. Since you will have a listing on the AhaParenting.com website, we need to be sure that you have enough background in the field for us to recommend you to clients. If for any reason you are not accepted into the Coach program, you will be offered a place in the Parent Educator Track, which is a terrific way to begin gaining experience to later enroll in the Coach Training. If you decline to participate in the Parent Educator Track, your payment will be promptly refunded.

I'm having a hard time deciding which track is appropriate for me.

Both tracks provide a solid grounding in the Peaceful Parenting approach, and how to apply it to a variety of family situations. Both tracks give you extensive examples of handling a range of parent questions. Both tracks offer audios, printables and other tools to address the most important challenges facing parents. Both tracks guide you through a reading list, and lectures from Dr. Laura, on your own schedule. Both tracks allow you to interact directly with Dr. Laura to ask parenting questions as part of her Success Path to Peaceful Parenting Membership Office Hours (but remember that there are many parents asking questions and the focus of the Office Hours is on parenting as opposed to Coach Training.) Both tracks give you a Handbook and training which allows you to immediately launch your own parent book groups, which is a terrific way to easily get into the business of supporting parents. Finally, both tracks give you the opportunity to ask Dr. Laura questions live during the Training sessions.

However, the Parent Educator Track does not give you coaching experience or supervision. You will graduate in three months with a framable certificate and a badge for your website saying that you are certified as a Parent Educator.  This will not qualify you to practice as a coach.

The Coach Track gives you an additional five months of training, during which you actually see clients in a supervised way. You not only meet privately with Dr. Laura, but you also receive support from coaching mentors, your cohort, and a regular reflective practice group where you discuss your own feelings about learning to coach. In addition, the extra months of training give you a live seminar with Dr. Laura on the business aspects of Coaching, a Case Study discussion, an online retreat, and the opportunity to discuss and engage in exercises related to the biggest challenges of coaching. You graduate in May with a framable certificate and a badge for your website saying that you are certified as a Peaceful Parenting Coach. You will then receive a listing on Dr. Laura's website which allows you to receive referrals from her.

Is the content on parenting similar for each track?

The initial content is similar for each track, since both Parent Educators and Coaches need to become experts in the Peaceful Parenting approach, in answering parent questions, and in hosting parent education groups. However, the Coaching track lasts more than twice as long and includes additional lectures on coaching as well as additional practice.  Even for Parent Educators, though, the resources that you will learn from are quite extensive, and how much  time you are able to put in will determine how much you learn.

Since much of the content is the same, why is the Coaching track so much more of an investment?

The Coaching track gives you private mentoring sessions with Dr. Laura, and much more professional development opportunity. You will "graduate" with a certification from her as a peaceful parenting coach, which will last the rest of your life.  You also receive a listing on the AhaParenting.com website, which has half a million visitors per month and can be worth the entire cost of the training over time.

If I take the Parent Educator Training, what professional opportunities would make the financial investment worth it?

Parent Educators can use this three month training to become experts in Peaceful Parenting, which supports you in your own parenting and also gives you a solid foundation professionally. You will learn how to answer parent questions and be given a Handbook to launch your own parent book groups, which is a terrific way to ease into the business of supporting parents with peaceful parenting.

If I take the Coach Training, what professional opportunities would make the financial investment worth it?

The Coach Training is for professionals who want more skills and expertise to become parenting coaches. You will be able to advertise on your website that you are certified as a peaceful parenting coach by Dr. Laura, which is a powerful endorsement for parents. Coach graduates also receive a listing in Dr. Laura's Coaching Directory on the AhaParenting.com website, which serves as a source of client referrals. The AhaParenting.com website attracts an audience of over a half million parents every month.

I don't intend to become a parent coach, but want to weave the peaceful parenting theory and practices into my current (related) work with parents and/or children. Which track would be most suitable?

The Parent Educator track will be perfect for you. There is no need to pay extra for the professional development opportunities offered by the  Coaching track.

Does this training allow me to offer my own Peaceful Parenting Courses using Dr. Laura's materials?

If you have to use Dr. Laura's materials, you are not quite ready to offer your own Course yet! But yes, both Parent Educators and Coaches can launch your own book groups, using the Handbook we give you in the Training. This is a terrific way to get started in the business. You can also offer support groups for people enrolled in Dr. Laura's Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Course. You receive all the proceeds from these groups. When you're ready to develop your own materials, you can offer your own courses. And you will certainly be informed by Dr. Laura's ideas, and learn to put them into your own words!

When will this Training be offered again?

It is hoped that this Training will be offered again every September for the next few years, but that is not guaranteed. In addition, the content, prices and tracks are subject to revision.

I have already taken the Educator Track. Is there a discount if I register to be a Coach?

Yes! There is a $400 discount, which is 2/3 of what you paid for your previous Introductory training, since of course there were costs associated with your previous enrollment. So your total expenditure to train this way is only slightly more than if you had just started with the more expensive track. In addition, you will need to go through the entire training time period again, although obviously you will not have to repeat work you have completed already. And the great news is that the training has been improved since our inaugural year, so you will not only receive an improved training, but you will have extra time to engage with the materials and to ask Dr. Laura questions. That means that your learning will certainly be much greater than if you had started with the Coaching track!

If you have already taken the Parent Educator Training, and you register for the Coach Training, you will receive an automatic refund of $400 on your first payment. You will also receive preference in your application for the Coach Training! 

(Please note: This discount will almost certainly NOT continue in future years. Take the Training you want to take now.)

Is it possible to change which Training track you're in once the Training starts?

We will accommodate that if we can, if you make your request within the first two months. But there are limited Coach Training spots which may all be taken by the time registration closes.

I have no experience as a Coach or Counselor but I love Peaceful Parenting. Will this training make me into a Counselor?

This training will make you an expert on Peaceful Parenting, with substantial understanding of child development and how to support parents. You will get experience listening  and empathizing and you will learn a lot about tools that work to help families change. So this is a wonderful and extensive training and it will transform your ability to work with parents and understand children. 

But if you have no other experience working with parents and/or children, or coaching or counseling, then this training should be viewed as a first step. You will want to continue to receive supervision as you work with clients.

Even if you take the Coach Training, you will probably want to pursue additional supervision as you begin your work with clients, possibly with a Coach Mentor from the Training.  There is no requirement, and in fact not much possibility that you will be able to have continued supervision with Dr. Laura because of her schedule. Many of the Peer Cohort groups from the Training do continue after the Training ends, though, which is an invaluable source of support.

How will I prove that I received this training?

You will receive a certificate suitable for framing, and a badge for your website, specifying that you are either a Peaceful Parent Educator or a Peaceful Parent Coach.

Will there be renewal fees for the certification or is this a lifetime certification?

This is a Lifetime Certification! However, Dr. Laura reserves the right, at her sole discretion, to revoke her certification in the event of allegations of behavior that is unethical or unprofessional or otherwise reflects badly on her or other certified coaches.

What is your refund policy?

You have Dr. Laura's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you do all the work for the first month and honestly don't see the value, please write to DrLauraMarkham@AhaParenting.com, attaching your completed coursework for the first month, and we will issue you a refund, less 6% of all fees paid (which is what we pay out in merchant fees when you make a payment or receive a refund). To be eligible for a refund, you must submit your request within thirty days of the first live meeting of the Training, which means by October 15.