FAQs

General Information

Who is GTI and what does GTI offer?

Gordon Training International was established in 1962 by Dr. Thomas Gordon. We are a human relations training organization and we offer workshops, trainer certification and books – all based on the Gordon Model. We are now in 48 countries. To contact us, please email us at info@gordontraining.com.

Who is Dr. Thomas Gordon?

He was the founder of Gordon Training International and the author of the following books:

  • Parent Effectiveness Training
  • P.E.T. in Action
  • Leader Effectiveness Training
  • Teacher Effectiveness Training
  • Sales Effectiveness Training
  • Teaching Children Self-Discipline (renamed,”Discipline That Works”)

You can learn more about him on this site by clicking here.

To order any of these books, please visit our secure on-line store by clicking here.

What is the Gordon Model?

The Gordon Model consists of using all the following skills in conjunction with each other — Active Listening, I-Messages, The Communication Roadblocks, Shifting Gears, and Method III Conflict Resolution. It was devised by Dr. Thomas Gordon in 1962. We teach this model, using The Behavior Window as a guide to use what skill at what time, in all of our workshops.

How do I buy books by Dr. Gordon?

You can purchase books written by Dr. Thomas Gordon (Founder of Gordon Training International, author of P.E.T., L.E.T., T.E.T., etc.) You can also purchase books by Linda Adams (President of Gordon Training International, author of Be Your Best and Effectiveness Training for Women) through our online store or amazon.com. Have an iPod or MP3 player? Audio versions of the L.E.T. and P.E.T. books are available on iTunes and audible.com.

Do you have a general workshop on the Gordon Model?

Absolutely! Linda Adams, President and CEO of Gordon Training International, developed “Be Your Best”, a personal development program, which teaches you how to become more effective and take responsibility in both your personal and professional lives. In addition to the communication skills and conflict resolution methods taught, this course offers training in assertive skills, how to handle anxiety, and how to set goals for becoming more fulfilled. To find a Be Your Best Workshop near you, please email us at info@gordontraining.com.

Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.)

Where can I find a P.E.T. Workshop?

We train and certify independent P.E.T. Instructors who set their own scheduling, pricing and location. You can find a current P.E.T. Workshop Calendar by clicking here or by emailing us at family@gordontraining.com.

What will I learn in P.E.T.?

The P.E.T. workshop consists of brief lectures, demonstrations, workbook exercises, role-playing, some homework and small group discussion. You will learn the following skills based on the Gordon Model, taught by a certified P.E.T. Instructor:

  • How to talk to your children so that they will listen to you.
  • How to listen to your children so they feel genuinely understood.
  • How to resolve conflicts and problems in your family so that no one loses and problems stay solved.
  • A method for troubleshooting family problems and knowing which skills to use to solve them.

How can I become a P.E.T. Instructor?

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1 – You can complete a P.E.T. Workshop, read the P.E.T. book or complete self-study pre-work. Contact us for more information: 800.628.1197 or email us at family@gordontraining.com.

Step 2 – Successfully complete the instructor training process. Click here for more information on how you can become certified to teach P.E.T!

Step 3 – Teach a P.E.T. Workshop; submit the participant evaluations to Gordon Training for review for final approval and instructor certification.

Ready to get started? Great! Please e-mail us for more information on how to enroll and to receive an application: family@gordontraining.com

Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.)

How can I take an L.E.T. Workshop?

We have a workshop calendar on this site and it can be found by clicking here.

If you don’t find a date that works for you, you can have an L.E.T. Trainer come to you. Please see this page for more information on our L.E.T. On-site Workshops.

What will I learn in L.E.T.?

The L.E.T. program was designed to help leaders with reducing people problems with their team/department/company. Dubbed “The Four Essential Skills for People Problems”, L.E.T. provides the tools and skills to strengthen and develop long-lasting, productive and satisfying relationships. In L.E.T. you will learn how to develop your interpersonal communication skills and conflict resolution competencies as a manager or supervisor. Email us for more information: workplace@gordontraining.com

How can I become an L.E.T. Trainer?

When you complete the certification process, you can be an L.E.T. Trainer. The process consists of these Phases:

Phase 1 – Attend a three-day or four-day (minimum 21 hours) L.E.T. Workshop within one year of attending an L.E.T. Train-the-Trainer Workshop.

Phase 2 – Attend an L.E.T. Train-the-Trainer Workshop.

Phase 3 – Generate and co-teach an L.E.T. Workshop to at least five participants with a Master L.E.T. Trainer in attendance and submit the participant evaluations to GTI. A positive assessment of the participant evaluations along with the Master L.E.T. Trainer’s evaluation of your ability to effectively teach the L.E.T. Workshop enables you to move to Phase 4.

Phase 4 – Generate an L.E.T. Workshop, which you will teach on your own. Submit the participant evaluations to GTI. A positive assessment of these evaluations by GTI will result in L.E.T. Trainer certification.

For more information on Train-the-Trainer Workshop dates, you can visit this page.

For more information, please contact us:

Tel: 800.628.1197
Em: info@gordontraining.com