IN THIS MONTH'S ISSUE:
Parent's Toolshop Book News
The Parent's Toolshop is Top-Three Finalist
The Parent's Toolshop is one of the top-three finalists for the "Bill Fisher Award," for the best first title by a new publisher. This award is the most prestigious of the 54 "Benjamin Franklin" awards given by Publisher's Marketing Association. These national awards were open to all publishers for books published in 2000. This year, the judges reviewed over 1600 entries from both huge publishers (Harry Potter) and small independent companies. The judges come from all areas of the publishing industry: major media reviewers, bookstore buyers, writers and non-competing publishers.
Jody and her husband, Steve, traveled to Chicago on May 31st for the winning announcement and were joined by their cheering section from MarketAbility, our book promotion and publicity representatives. Although a cookbook won the first-place award, it truly is an honor to have The Parent's Toolshop selected as a top-three finalist and receive the recognition it so richly deserves.
"Whether you are trying to get your toddler dressed for school in the morning, trying to get your 10-year-old to stop fighting with a sibling, or resolving the conflict over phone use with your teenager, the way you plan a response to each of these parenting problems is the same-the Universal Blueprint.
Hectic schedules mean many parents don't have the time to
take a parenting class, but now there is a process any parent can follow
at any time. The Parent's Toolshop leads parents through a self-paced
parenting workshop that teaches a reliable problem-solving formula and
dozens of practical techniques. Over 2,000 parents tested this process
and found it improved all their relationships. The book details the experiences
of dozens of parents (including the author) who successfully use the blueprint.
When parents face a problem, the blueprint leads them to the best response
by asking the right questions."
"I have read dozens of parenting books and this is the very best. Since reading this book and consistently using it's techniques (tools) a lot of stress has been taken out of both my four-year-old son's life and mine. He is much more cooperative and behaves much better now. The Parent's Toolshop takes the advice from the best parenting books and puts them together into one practical, easy-to-remember-and-apply approach (blueprint). I considered myself an above average parent before, but since reading this book my parenting skill have greatly improved."
-- Gloria Turner from Texas, on Amazon.com
"As a K-8 teacher of physical education and art with a strong emphasis on social skills and "character education," I easily practice The Parent's Toolshop concepts in my work setting. They help strengthen my interactions with students, parents and co-workers. I experience great joy and a sense of renewed hope by helping others feel empowered to take responsibility for their lives-all the while learning myself, as well."
-- Maureen Hamilton, Centerville, OH, certified PTC Tour Guide
PARENT'S TOOLSHOP IN THE MEDIA:
"Family Rules and Discipline," Parents Magazine, July 2001 issue, Feature article, Nancy Seid
"Children and Privacy," "As They Grow" section, Parents magazine, July 2001 issue, Anna Roufus
"Discipline," Redbook magazine, July 2001 issue, Susan Clineman
"6 Ways Parents Teach Kids to Lie," Your Family magazine, by Reader's Digest, Fall, 2000.
"Fathers-At-Home," Gainesville (FL), 6/9/01, Nikki Green, featuring Jody's booklet, Shared Blessings: Creating and Facilitating Stay-at-Home Parent Discussion Groups
"Preparing Children for Kindergarten," Corpus Christi, Texas, 4/22/01
"Meaningful Family Communication," excerpt from the Clear Communication Toolset in The Parent's Toolshop, in the Newark (NJ) Star Ledger, 3/25/01, Beth D'Addomo.
"Cutting Through the Clutter of Childhood," Hagerstown (MD) Herald, 2/2/01, Lisa Tedrick Prejean.
"Snow Daze: Surviving Work and Children," Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, 1/12/01, John Davis. Read it on-line at: http://www.lubbockonline.com
"Fair is Fair: Motivating Children to do Chores Without Bribes," The Freeman, Waukesha (WA), 1/12/01, Katy Vopal. Read it on-line at http://www.conleynet.com
"Tots on Pots," KRFU in Columbia Missouri, 4/20/01, Paul Lewindowski, Producer
"Applying the PASRR Formula in Real Life," Strategies for Living, on KFLO-FM in Shreveport, Louisiana, 3/29/01, with Dr. David McMillian, host.
"Helping Kids with Homework," School Days, August/Fall issue, Teresa Board. Distributed through 60,000 schools nationwide.
Barnes & Noble, Destin, FL, Saturday June 23, 2001, 10_30-11:30 a.m. Half-hour presentation and signing follows children's story hour. Company News
Almost daily, we at PTC get a phone call that "makes our day." After fifteen years of hard work and huge investments of our time and finances, especially since The Parent's Toolshop went national a little over a year ago, it seems the momentum is finally taking an upswing-big time!
Florida Snowballs in May
Nancy became a certified Parent's Toolshop Group Facilitator in
1998 while living in Ohio. When she moved back to the Fort Walton Beach
(FL) area in 1999, where she had lived and worked for many years, she
took her Parent's Toolshop programs with her. Wow! They loved the programs!
So much so that her employer at the time, Okaloosa Child Care Services,
wrote a grant to bring regular ToolshopSM programming to the parents they
serve. They received the grant and decided to certify EIGHT new instructors
from OCCS and the Okaloosa County Even Start! When Nancy provided the
pre-certification training to their staff, they loved it so much four
more people want to be certified! These 12 new Group Facilitator applicants
(and our GF liaisons) have been busy completing the pre-certification
requirements and Jody will be traveling there in June for their certification
training. Lynn Stephens, the supervisor for half of the newly certified
OCCS Group Facilitators is getting certified herself and has already purchased
a supply of books to provide their parents.
Later that week, Anita Martin, a Director for the Okaloosa County Head Start organization asked Michelle to find books that could be given as a gift to the parents taking part in their program. Michelle immediately thought of The Parent's Toolshop and asked Anita to come into the store to take a look at it. After looking through the book herself and hearing Michelle "gush" about the book over the phone and again at their meeting, Anita placed an order for three hundred books!
When Jody called Anita to thank her for the purchase, she shared her commitment to "breaking the cycle of abuse, even if we have to do it one parent and one book at a time." She also talked to Jody about providing a staff training later this summer.
So what can one person do? With heart-felt enthusiasm, a handful of brochures on hand at all times and a little dose of gutsiness, anyone can spread the word about The Parent's Toolshop and its related services in their community. What's the worst they can say? "I'm not interested." What's the best? What happened in Ft. Walton Beach can happen anywhere. We hope this is just the beginning of many such expansion stories and are sure Nancy is "Destin-ed" to do even greater things as she shares her enthusiasm about The Parent's Toolshop with others.
Deanna Todd traveled to the University of North Texas with Jody Pawel in February for the Ninth Annual Conference on Parent Education, where Jody was a speaker and exhibitor. Jody also taught a two-day CEU workshop at UNT immediately following the conference, so Deanna was able to observe that program-which she may travel and teach in the future for PTC. While in the Dallas area, they tooled around in style in "Peetie," their PT Cruiser rental, the official P.T.--Parent's Toolshop--cruiser! They even visited the 6th floor School Book Depository's historical exhibit about the JFK assassination-a moving experience.
In June, Deanna traveled to Minneapolis (MN) to represent PTC at the Parent Education Institute IV, where she put her savvy social skills and nifty networking to work to meet other parenting professionals and share information about Parent's Toolshop parenting and instructor certification programs.
The national "Best First Book" award for The Parent's Toolshop and huge 300-book purchase by the Okaloosa (FL) Head Start are definitely the top big news, but other exciting opportunities lie on the horizon.
Save Your Stars! Fostering Internal Motivation, Cooperation and Self-responsibility, While Building Self-Esteem. Parents learn the top ten most effective and practical language and action tools for fostering internal motivation, building self-esteem, getting cooperation, and teaching young children tasks, behaviors, values and self-responsibility. They get short-term results and long-term benefits - without stickers or bribes - while preventing or defusing power struggles and tantrums. This entertaining, interactive and informative workshop is for any professional or parent who works or lives with children.
No More Gray Lines: Clear Guidelines about Misbehavior and Discipline Now Revealed! Help erase the gray lines that often define misbehavior and discipline with the clear guidelines offered in this entertaining, interactive and informative workshop for parents and professionals. Recognize the five causes of "unintentional" misbehavior and how to respond to each challenge. Identify the four purposes behind intentional misbehavior and redirect each one-without escalations or unintentional payoffs. Then follow the "Four R's of Effective Discipline" by using these practical tools to teach self-discipline.
Additional interactive activity supplies are now available to any parent educator. Instructors can purchase these props with or in addition to the purchase of the Interactive Activities for Parent Education Groups packet, which contains the directions for 25+ interactive activities that can spice up any parent education presentation. The new Interactive Activity Tool Kit is a cardboard carrier box that contains frequently used and sometimes hard-to-find supplies, including an inflatable hammer, spiky ball, and 5 boxes of dominoes. When additional supplies are available, such as a toothpick transporter, captain's hat, silver platter or Chinese handcuffs, they can be additional inclusions in the kit. Each of these items can be purchased individually or at a discount as part of the Tool Kit. Currently, they are only available through PTC until they are all added to the on-line store. Purchased separately, the manual itself is $19.95 and the retail value of the kit's contents is $40. The Interactive Activity Tool Kit, which includes the activity manual and props, is only $49.95.
Jody presented workshops at several professional conferences this Spring: the Ninth Annual Conference on Parent Education at the University of North Texas Center for Parent Education, Denton (TX); the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) in San Diego (CA); Texas Conference for Early Childhood Intervention in Austin (TX); and Ohio AEYC (OAEYC) in Columbus (OH). As many as 100 people attended her workshop sessions, which were enthusiastically received. Many fellow family-service professionals took PTC information or purchased copies of the book and skill assessment packet. In Austin, participants stood in lines after the workshop for on-the-spot problem solving with Jody and cleared the resource table of every brochure and order form she had brought.
She also offered her "Secrets for Empowering Any Parent" continuing education (CEU) workshop in Denton (TX), Houston (TX), San Diego (CA), Los Angeles (CA) and Dayton (OH). Program evaluation ratings were consistently "excellent" and resulted in many new applicants Tour Guide instructors, 8 from California and 5 from Texas.
This summer, Jody will be speaking to middle school teachers and pre-school Early Childhood Intervention specialists in Midland, Texas, in August and certifying 12 new instructors in the Fort Walton Beach (FL) area in June. She also be writing the new T.I.P.S. (Tools for Improving Parenting Skills) book series and will start writing parenting advice articles for The Write Exposure, a newsletter service company that produces a newsletter for childcare centers throughout the U.S. She also continues her role as President of PTC, Vice-President of Ambris Publishing and Chairperson of the PTLeader Standards & Practices Committee.
PARENTING ADVICE CORNER:
Parents can have several bottom-line limits: eating nutritious foods before sweets or snacks, allowing a reasonable but limited time to eat, and trying foods before rejecting them. Within these bottom line limits, children can choose how much they eat, when they eat, and if they eat.
Do not fix special meals. Make foods child-friendly. Involve children in meal planning and preparation; they will take a greater interest in eating what they have helped prepare. Plan to have one favorite food available, in addition to new or less-favored foods. Encourage children to take a little of everything. These are "no thank-you helpings." Allow small portions; they can always have more. Make mealtime conversation pleasant; do not criticize or nag about eating habits. Do not use food or dessert as a reward or incentive to eat. Focus on well-balanced weeks, not days; nutrition rather than timing or amount.
*Excerpt from The Parent's Toolshop: The Universal Blueprint for Building a Healthy Family (©2000), By Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE. www.parentstoolshop.com.
If you are a certified Parent's Toolshop® Group Facilitator who is offering a parent education program to the general public-anywhere in the U.S.-please send your schedule to PTC as soon as you know the dates. We'll include your schedule in our newsletter and on our website, to help spread the word about your programs. Every time we've done this, additional participants have attended a workshop. People from around the world really do read these newsletters on our website and do contact instructors who are listed on our website. See the "Contact Us" section of our website or the company letterhead from our printed materials for mail, fax and e-mail numbers.
Secrets for Empowering Any Parent-and Child, Columbus,
To Register: Deadline
is July 9, 2001 $ Phone credit card orders to 614-337-1986 - Fax credit
card registrations to 614-337-2936 - Mail registrations to:
Families Count Project of Catholic
Social Services of the Miami Valley
Our one-time introductory program gives parents
practical skills they can use right away and an overview of Families Count
full-length programs. While the parents are there, we can sign up interested
Our comprehensive nationally-renown eight-week parenting
Instructor: Cambra Mockabee, LSW, Certified Parent's Toolshop® Group Facilitator instructor
To schedule your program call Jody Pawel direct at 937-748-4541 for more details about the programs and sponsorship.
Instructor: Deanna Todd, MA, Parent Support Specialist and Certified Parent's Toolshop® Group Facilitator instructor
Family Focus Parenting Classes: six-week summer series
Thursdays, June 7th - July 12th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Visitation Center, 143 E. Market St., Xenia, OH 45385
These will be the only summer programs offered by GCFCF. Next programs start in late September, 2001.
* These classes are open to any Greene County resident and are free of charge. Class materials and childcare are also provided at no cost. Programs have a school-age and teen focus; programs for parents of young children are currently not available.
To register: Call Deanna Todd, Family and Children First, 937-562-5606
Group Facilitator Directory Certified Group Facilitators may receive a free copy of a list of other active certified Group Facilitators. Contact PTC to request a copy and specify whether you want a Word or WordPerfect document by e-mail attachment or a printed directory by fax or mail. Group Facilitator Standards and Practices Committee members are identified on the directory along with their contact information.
New Group Facilitators
Emily Bush is an employee of Montgomery County Juvenile Court's Right Start program. She will be providing ongoing programming to the families she serves and also hopes to offer programs in her community. We all were impressed with Emily's enthusiasm and exceptionally quick grasp of Toolshop teachings. Emily has a strong commitment to PTC and maintaining the quality of its programming. She's already volunteered to serve on the PTLeader Standards & Practices committee and as a pre-certification liaison after she receives her final certification.
Cambra Mockabee, LSW is a parent educator for the Families Count Project of Catholic Social Services, where she'll be providing short topic programs and full-length classes to community sponsors in the Dayton area. Cambra has been teaching parenting classes for many years through her position at the Montgomery County Corrections Dept. She has helped develop a parent education curriculum for correctional inmates that has been adopted statewide. Cambra is a bubbly, dynamic speaker and consummate professional. She is committed to maintaining PTC's quality programming and has expressed interest in becoming a pre-certification liaison.
Linda Rubino, MA, CFLE is a self-employed private consultant who is finishing her PhD thesis, while completing her Group Facilitator pre-certification materials. (Wow! Some feat!) Her newly formed company, Comprehensive Divorce Planners, offers counseling, career planning and parenting classes. She plans to develop a "Divorced Parent's Toolshop," which Jody will help co-write. Linda has been a college professor for many years and we all were impressed with her expertise and knowledge of family issues and warm interactive presentation style.
Annette Poth taught 3 two-part programs for Greene County Combined Health District this spring as a PTC consultant. She also taught a full-length class at Elizabeth New Life Center as a Families Count parent educator. She received her final certification in April and is hoping to help get tot programs established in the Greene County area.
Group Facilitators: send your news items to PTC, by mail/fax/e-mail so we can share our excitement with others! It is a real boost to other Group Facilitators to hear how successful others are in their community. It also gives others fresh ideas about potential sponsors and programs they might not have thought to offer!
Karen Argadine is the newest member of S&P Committee. She will serve as a secondary member for one year, beginning in July.
S&P Manual Amendments - as of the 4/16/01 meeting
New PTLeader Standards & Practices (S&P) Committee members may join every January and July. Service on the committee is by invitation only to active Group Facilitators who have demonstrated exceptional performance and a commitment to PTC and quality programming.
Pre-certification liaisons do not have to serve on the S&P Committee, too. They can begin anytime, not just in Jan. or July. They receive compensation for their liaison duties, but do not receive the other benefits of S&P membership, such as a 100% waiver of recertification fees when serving on the S&P committee for two one-year terms.
New Group Facilitators, just off probation, may be invited to be S&P members and/or pre-certification liaisons. They are well prepared to evaluate pre-certification packets, because they just finished the process themselves. Although they may not be experienced enough to answer marketing questions, the certification training has a complete section covering that topic. PTC maintains quality service, because the S&P Committee only approves Group Facilitators with exceptional knowledge and skill in Toolshop® teachings to be liaisons.
More Pre-certification Liaisons Sought
With 12 new Group Facilitators in Florida and more applying each month, we are in need of more Pre-certification Liaisons. Liaisons receive $20 for every application packet they process: the study guide, practice exercises and skill assessment, plus phone or e-mail contacts. Liaisons must have good time management and organizational skills and be positive representatives of PTC - as they are often an applicant's "first impression" of PTC. They are expected to be prompt in responding to or initiating contact with applicants and reporting to the S&P committee. PTC provides liaisons with a sample pre-certification kit with detailed directions for processing study guides. Liaisons also receive reimbursement for any extra expenses such as postage or long distance. Group Facilitators who have received their final certification are eligible to become liaisons, but the S&P Committee gives final approval for a liaison's acceptance.
Next PTLeader Standards & Practices Committee
June 26-28, Summer Institute on Training and Facilitation
for Parent, Family and Child Care Professionals, University of North Texas,
Denton. Contact: Rebecca Edwards, 940-369-7246, firstname.lastname@example.org
August 20-22, "Continuing the Momentum," National Head Start Association, Washington, D.C. Contact 703-299-7502. www.nhsa.org
September 30-Oct. 3, "Exploring New Frontiers," 67th annual session, National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, Portland, OR. Contact: 602-212-0453, www.neafcs.org or Sandra McLain, email@example.com
November 8, "Becoming a Successful Family Life Educator-A Special CFLE Marketing Seminar! 6:00-9:15 p.m., Rochester, NY, NCFR Annual Conference Pre-conference Workshop. Contact Dawn Cassidy at Cassidyd@ncfr.org or call 888-781-9331 ext. 12.
* Note to all Family-Life Educators: June 30, 2001 is your last chance to apply for the CFLE designation using the current experience-recognition process. Contact Dawn Cassidy at Cassidyd@ncfr.org or call 888-781-9331 ext. 12 for more information or visit the NCFR website at www.ncfr.org.
Jody is not offering her CEU workshops over the summer while she writes her next book series. She is available, however, for private staff training programs or community-wide CEU training programs for any organization that wants to sponsor them. Contact Jody directly for information about the programs she (and other PTC Consultants) can offer professionals or parents and the related speaker fees.
Two Group Facilitator certification-training programs are tentatively scheduled in 2001: Texas in August or September and Dayton in November. Please contact PTC for information about participating.
Cambra Mockabee has developed a new interactive activity to use with parent groups when discussing the Cooperation Toolset. She tested her idea at her first post-certification training program and parents loved it! So did Jody, so she got Cambra's permission to include it in all future Interactive Activities for Parent Education Groups packets. Anyone who has already purchased that manual and wants a copy of Cambra's activity can request a free copy by contacting PTC.
* See the "Ambris Publishing News" section of this newsletter for information about the new Interactive Activity Toolkit and Topic Presentation Packets now available to parent educators.
Can I get CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for completing the study guide, whether I want certified or not?
Good question. About a year ago, the Ohio State Counselor and Social Worker Licensure Board told Jody Pawel, "We do not and will not ever accept any correspondence course for CEU approval." Now that Jody has talked with other professionals in other states it seems many states are open to this practice. Since Ohio won't give approval, PTC cannot receive blanket pre-approval for earning CEUs for the study guide. There is also no national accreditation program that offers CEU approval for correspondence study programs that are provided by non-university organizations. We anticipate, however, that other state accreditation boards will give CEU approval, so we encourage interested professionals to contact their state licensure board and describe the study guide process to them:
In the past, only pre-certification applicants completed the study guide process. We have received requests, however, from professionals wanting to complete the process for CEUs only. These professionals would still need to purchase the book ($24.95) and kit ($50). Should they want to get certified within two years of completing the study guide, they'd only need to witness 6 hours of Toolshop programming in person or by video. They would also need to pursue the CEU approval process through their own state board on their own time and initiative, but PTC would be happy to provide sample materials or other documentation to assist the professional in receiving this approval. Should someone pursue this avenue, please give us feedback about the licensure board's response. This will help us and others who may attempt to get CEU approval in the future.
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