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Gordon Training News – Fall/Winter 2015

Date: December 14th, 2015

L.E.T. News Around the World

leadership training egypt international effectiveness conflict resolution skillsWe’re proud to say that the first L.E.T. Workshop in Egypt was taught in April by our passionate and committed new L.E.T. Licensee there, Ms. Iman Ebada Sarhan (www.lifecoachers.net) and more will follow! Congratulations, Iman and company!

It has been a banner year for L.E.T. at W.L. Gore in Germany—11 on-site workshops there this year—and more planned for next year as well! Fantastisch!  Also in Germany, we now have two in-house trainers at our oldest L.E.T. client on the planet—Kurt Salmon.

We had a sold-out Train-the-Trainer Workshop for L.E.T. taught by the amazing Mr. Steve Crandall, Master Trainer since 1981!  The participants were from amazon.com, KAW Services, Kurt Salmon, MassMEP, our new L.E.T. Licensee from Iceland and Esterline Technologies of Mexico.  Welcome Smanthia, Angela, Peter, Gary, Gudmundur and Jorge!


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Spring 2015 GTI News

Date: May 20th, 2015

With so many new events at Gordon Training since January, it’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through 2015 already. Here’s what’s been keeping us busy…

IMG_5032 From January 26th to 31st, 17 participants got certified in the first P.E.T. Instructor Training Workshop (ITW) held in Peru, facilitated by our Representative for Mexico and Master Trainer, Lauro Macias Ortega. It was made possible thanks to the support of José Taramona, GTI’s Representative in Peru and principal of Jean Le Boulch school who provided a great and very supportive staff during the entire training. 16 out of the 17 participants were teachers of the same institution. They are now teaching their first P.E.T. course and looking forward to having a T.E.T. ITW very soon.

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2014 Fall/Winter GTI Events

Date: December 9th, 2014

Bud Upshaw State of MaineWith so much to celebrate this holiday season, we’re excited to share lots of fall and winter events both from here in the U.S. and with our Representatives around the world.

October 6-10, we hosted an L.E.T. Train-the-Trainer Workshop facilitated by Master Trainer, Mr. Steve Crandall,  on Coronado Island (San Diego) and in attendance were trainers from Canada, Egypt, Greece and Atlanta, GA and Grand Rapids, MI.  A truly international group!

On November 3-7, the State of Maine held a private L.E.T. Train-the-Trainer Workshop with Master Trainer, Dr. Bud Upshaw.  Several departments have already rolled out the L.E.T. and Conflict Resolution Workshop programs. And now, the Dept. of Corrections, the office of IT, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and Health and Human Services will be offering L.E.T. to the employees!

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Summer 2014 News from Gordon Training International

Date: September 10th, 2014

Estonia 10th Anniv PET Celebration Group Photo Gordon Training International

10th Anniversary of P.E.T. in Estonia

Our resourceful Representative for Mexico, Mr. Lauro Macias Ortega, has arranged for the Spanish edition of our Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) textbook to be published in e-book format on Amazon — and it’s now available! The Spanish language editions of our Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.), Teacher Effectiveness Training (T.E.T.) and Be Your Best (B.Y.B.) books will soon follow.

On September 5th, the 10th Anniversary of P.E.T. was celebrated in Estonia, hosted by the Representative for Estonia, NPO Perekoolitusuhing Sina ja Mina. In honor of this notable milestone, President of Gordon Training International, Linda Adams, sent a video message which was received by over 60 attendees of this celebratory event.


Steve Emmons on National TV in Bulgaria

Steve Emmons on National TV in Bulgaria

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Latest Happenings at Gordon Training Across the Globe

Date: June 10th, 2014

SouthAfrica-TET InstrTrngWkshp-May 2014-FunGroupPhotoLast December, our P.E.T. program was endorsed by Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA), thanks to our dynamic and passionate P.E.T. Representative there, Heidi Malan. And since the success of P.E.T., Heidi decided to offer more Gordon Model programs! So just last month, new groups have completed Instructor Training Workshops for our Teacher Effectiveness Training (T.E.T.) and Youth Effectiveness Training (Y.E.T.)  programs. These workshops took place in Pretoria, South Africa. 19 participants attended these workshops, facilitated by P.E.T. Master Trainer, Steve Emmons.


So who’s been an LET client the longest you ask?

Welllll…..Kurt Salmon, that’s who! Pronounced “sahl-mun”, KS has been offering LET since 1978, which is incredible, yes? They are the premier international consulting firm for healthcare, CIO’s, retail and financial organizations. So just a few weeks ago in Atlanta, GA, yet another L.E.T. Trainer from KS joins the international cadre of Gordon Model trainers as he had his “co-teach” class with L.E.T. Master Trainer, Steve Crandall–who, by the way, has been teaching L.E.T. since 1983!

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What’s Happening Around the World with The Gordon Model in April!

Date: April 17th, 2014

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We’re proud to announce that Darina Georgieva, our Bulgarian Representative, has scheduled yet another Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) Instructor Training Workshop! It’s happening April 24-29, 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria and will be conducted by Master Trainer, Steve Emmons.

(Darina at far right and Steve in the middle.)



MartaMediavilla-Licensee-Spain-LET BookPhoto-April 2014

For the first time, our Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.) will be available in Spain. The premier of L.E.T. in Spain is thanks to our newly established Licensee, Ms. Marta Isasi Mediavilla (at left with one of her favorite books), President of Gordon Training Espana whose headquarters are in Bilbao, Spain.

And in the hometown of Gordon Training, a Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.) Train-the-Trainer workshop just concluded in San Diego, CA (photo below), facilitated by Master Trainer and blogger for GTI, Dr. Bill Stinnett. The workshop took place on April 7-11 and in attendance were participants from the US, Israel and Greece, who will soon be bringing the Gordon skills to their organizations. Welcome new trainers!

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South Africa Gives Us Reason to Celebrate

Date: February 24th, 2014

Faith Masilo_South Africa LicenseeOur Leader Effectivenss Training (L.E.T.) Program has just officially launched in Randburg, South Africa! Our new L.E.T. Licensee, Ms. Faith Masilo, just completed the country’s first L.E.T. Workshop this month.

Faith said of bringing L.E.T. to South Africa: “The Gordon model has helped me to be able to communicate my feelings (both positive and negative), it has taught me how to listen without having the urge to give advice or have a solution. I now know how to resolve conflict so that needs are met using a win-win solution.

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Que Bueno! PET en Espana por Primera Vez!

Date: January 30th, 2014

How Wonderful! P.E.T. in Spain for the First Time!


Marta: Top row, third from the left. Lauro: Top row, last on the right.

In a series of “firsts,” we are pleased and proud to announce the first ever P.E.T. Instructor Training Workshop in Spain! The workshop took place on January 13-17th, 2014 in Bilbao, facilitated by our P.E.T. Representative for Mexico, Mr. Lauro Macias Ortega, in his first solo role as a Master Trainer outside of Mexico. Also notable to mention is that this was the first ever Instructor Training Workshop with more male participants than female.

Our Representative in Spain, Ms. Marta Isasi Mediavilla, said of the workshop, “There is a ‘before’ and an ‘after’ in my life after taking the ITW course. I would like to express my happiness and gratitude for the marvelous training that we consider of incalculable value which we needed to be able to see and live the life in a different way. Personally, now, after the ITW training I value much more my relationships,

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Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) in International News

Date: November 20th, 2013

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) recently awarded the Turkey’s Isikkent Schools the 2013 Prism Award for their exceptional coaching methods. The specialized coach-teachers at Isikkent are trained to conduct Dr. Thomas Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) workshop, in order for Isikkent parents to supplement their childrens’ goal-reaching capabilities, conflict-resolution skills and communication in a way that is synonymous with the schools methods and beliefs. Parents who have taken the P.E.T. course have reported a significant increase in their ability to more effectively communicate with their children. Consequently, disciplinary issues among students at the school have decreased dramatically since the implementation of these coaching methods.

Follow this link to read about this impressive accomplishment.


Teachers’ Day in Turkey!

Date: November 11th, 2013

November 24, 2013 is “Teacher Day” in Turkey and the publisher of our Teacher Effectiveness Training (T.E.T.) book printed a special edition in honor of this day.  Plus, the Mayor of a Gaziosmanpaşa (a suburb of Istanbul) is giving this special edition of the book as a present to all the teachers and school staff!  What a gift.

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P.E.T. and Other Books Published in More Languages

Date: April 11th, 2013

The first exposure most people have to the model is through reading P.E.T. or one of our other Gordon Model books so it always comes as good news when we hear from publishers in other countries who want to publish one of them. Most recently, P.E.T. has been published in Chinese, Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian and Lithuanian and re-published in Spanish (Mexico) and Turkish. The L.E.T. book is now available in the Korean language and has been re-published in Swedish and French. And the Be Your Best book will soon be available again in Polish. The T.E.T. book is now published in Russian, Greek, re-published in Spanish and just came out in Bulgarian last week.




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Gordon Program Updates

Date: April 4th, 2013

Y.E.T. in Lithuania

We have updated P.E.T. (2006), T.E.T. (2006), Be Your Best (2008), the Conflict Resolution Workshop (2008) and most recently, L.E.T.  (2012). We’ve also developed a one-day refresher for L.E.T. graduates which is being well-received.

I am glad to announce that the Youth Effectiveness Training (Y.E.T.) program is once again available! We did a complete revision of it in 2011. So far young people in South Korea, China, Poland, Lithuania, Greece, Canada and here in the U.S. have participated.

We’ve recently developed a 30-hour T.E.T. course outline. As those of you who offer T.E.T. know, the standard course is 45 hours in length. It was originally created this way to meet a U.S. requirement for teachers who wanted to obtain university credit and needed 45 hours of instruction to get it. Since this is not the case in other countries, we’ve created an outline for a 30-hour version of the T.E.T. course. It is our hope that this new shortened version will make it possible for more Representatives to offer T.E.T.

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A New Mobile Site for L.E.T and P.E.T. Graduates!

Date: March 28th, 2013

Gordon Training has released a new mobile website for graduates of P.E.T and L.E.T.: http://mobile.gordonmodel.com/

It features how-to articles, quizzes, videos and more which can be used to hone and refresh the skills of all P.E.T. and L.E.T. graduates. This site is designed to be accessed by using any smartphone or tablet.









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The Gordon Model Now Available in More Countries

Date: March 21st, 2013

P.E.T. Instructor Workshop in Latvia

Our worldwide network has expanded over the past few years and now includes Representatives and Licensees in Greece, Poland, China, Mexico, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Lebanon, the Maldives, Turkey, Sweden, Chile and Venezuela.

In many countries, the new Representatives first launch the P.E.T. program. Then, once it is firmly established, they want to expand the Gordon Model in schools through T.E.T. This is the same sequence in which Dr. Gordon developed and first began offering the model over 50 years ago. He realized, as many of our Representatives have, that influencing school administrators and teachers to adopt T.E.T. is more challenging than offering P.E.T. to parents. T.E.T.’s successful implementation also requires different strategies depending on the country. Recently, several Representatives have reported that they are working with the Ministry of Education to obtain governmental approval of T.E.T. after which it will available to teachers throughout the country.

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Early Highlights of 2013

Date: March 14th, 2013

Some exciting events that have happened so far for GTI this year:

  • A long-time P.E.T. Instructor in New York, Judy Pardo, did a podcast in which she discussed the benefits of the program. You can listen to the podcast here: http://twobeerswithsteve.libsyn.com/the-basics-of-p-e-t
  • Thanks to a massive promotional campaign aimed at boosting our website ranking, Gordon Training now appears on page one of Google search results for “leadership training” and we’ve appeared on the first page every week so far this year!
  • We are working with prospective new Representatives in Israel and India.
  • We will be training new P.E.T., T.E.T., Y.E.T. and L.E.T. Instructors in Poland, Bulgaria, China and Turkey.


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Big Events of 2012

Date: March 7th, 2013

JIPET visiting the GTI headquarters

by Linda Adams, President of Gordon Training International

As you know, last year was the 50th anniversary of Gordon Training. As one way of celebrating that milestone, we held an L.E.T. Forum in San Diego. This 2-day event was attended by L.E.T. Licensees from 10 different countries and quite a number of L.E.T. Trainers in U.S. companies. The purpose was for trainers to come together with like-minded people, gain a deeper understanding of the L.E.T. program and glean training tips. The L.E.T. Master Trainers essentially put on a graduate seminar in L.E.T. from which everyone gained tremendous value.  We also held a special P.E.T. Instructor Training Workshop with 21 participants, representing 6 countries including Mexico, Canada, Germany, Japan, France and the U.S.

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50 Years of the Gordon Model: A Look Back Through History

Date: April 19th, 2012

It’s 2012 and we’re excited to celebrate 50 amazing years that Gordon Training International has been offering the Gordon Model around the world to parents, leaders, teachers, clergy, students, and individuals.

We decided that this event was definitely worthy of creating a timeline. So, after digging (literally!) through 50 years of newspaper articles, photos, magazines, and newsletters, we have created a detailed look back through the history of GTI and we added world events that were occurring at the same time. We hope you like it!

Click here to view the full timeline and enjoy!


50th Anniversary P.E.T. Instructor Training Workshop – San Diego, CA: Oct. 29-Nov 2, 2012

Date: April 18th, 2012

In honor of this year, the 50th anniversary of P.E.T., we’re holding a very special P.E.T. Instructor Training Workshop. This workshop will equip you with everything you’ll need to become a successful, certified instructor. Special events will include a cocktail hour and a meet-and-greet with Gordon Training International’s President, Linda Adams. This workshop is suited for those who have an existing client base and/or those who work with family and child agencies.

Tuition for this workshop is $1,795 and includes the P.E.T. Instructor Kit. We offer this type of public certification workshop once every five years, so don’t miss this opportunity!

For more information, email us at family@gordontraining.com.


2009 PET ITW in San Diego


L.E.T.’s Fabulous 2012 International Forum

Date: April 17th, 2012

We’re very proud to mark this significant milestone and celebrate this achievement by hosting a once-in-a-lifetime L.E.T. event. We invite you to attend this forum that is exclusively for L.E.T. Trainers and Licensees from all over the U.S. and around the world. And when I say “once-in-a-lifetime”, we really mean that.

When? Where? October 24-26, 2012 in beautiful San Diego. What? A highly interactive learning, networking, sharpening your L.E.T. Trainer skills in a two-day forum, as well as cocktail reception and dinner cruise! Cost? $395 per trainer – bring your spouse/partner for social events for $120. Don’t miss this fabulous event!

Email us for more info: workplace@gordontraining.com

GTI Celebrates 50 Years!

Date: March 7th, 2012

Gordon Training International is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary as a pioneering human relations training company. Dr. Thomas Gordon founded GTI in 1962 after extensive research as a psychologist in the field of conflict resolution and leadership training. He created what is known as the “Gordon Model” – a set of communication skills that help people in different settings (work, home, and school) to resolve relationship conflicts. As a result, the following programs were developed to address the needs of each of those environments: Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.), Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.), and Teacher Effectiveness Training (T.E.T.).

As part of the 50th year celebration, in October 2012, there will be a once-in-a-lifetime international forum of L.E.T. trainers and licensees that will combine over 500 years of leadership training experience under one roof.

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