New Canadian P.E.T. Instructor has Growing Audience

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Dr. Miral Hassan, P.E.T. Instructor of Canada (3rd from left)

SOLANA BEACH, CA – The most recent addition to Gordon Training International’s Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) family of Instructors in North America is finishing up his budding first year with a bang. Recently Certified P.E.T. Instructor, Joshua Van der Zwan of Surrey, British Columbia has already taught nearly 50 parents to date in only about eight months time – an incredible accomplishment for even a veteran P.E.T. Instructor. His gregarious attitude and contagious passion about sharing the P.E.T. core values (a.k.a. “The Gordon Model”) with more parents has allowed him to fill up his workshops to capacity and gain a growing audience of followers.

One of his recent graduates, Egyptian-Canadian Dr. Miral Hassan has now teamed up with Van der Zwan in her own realization about just how important it is for P.E.T. to be introduced to more parents. Today, Dr. Hassan was featured in an interview on Canada’s energetic variety show: “Simply The Best, the Luisa Marshall Show.” Dr. Hassan discussed the current situation in Egypt and her feelings about raising her 12 year old daughter in a culturally diverse society.

As Van der Zwan’s audience has grown, the demand for the kid-equivalent of P.E.T. – “Youth Effectiveness Training” – has sprouted, making Van der Zwan the first Instructor to bring Y.E.T. to Canada since 1981. With more than 20 children registered for his upcoming Y.E.T. workshop and another television segment already scheduled, more Canadians will get to discover how profound The Gordon Model will affect the relationships with their families and beyond.

“Simply The Best” can be viewed on SHAW Cable Channel 116, airing twice every Monday at 10:30 am and 9:00 pm Primetime. For more information on P.E.T. or Y.E.T. in Canada, please email

About Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.)

Dr. Thomas Gordon’s, Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) class is the pioneering program that has helped millions of parents around the world. We have classes offered by certified P.E.T. Instructors throughout the country and in many different countries.

Whether you’re the parent of a toddler or a teenager, you know that parenting can be challenging–even overwhelming at times. Unfortunately, children don’t come with an instruction manual. And, being a parent doesn’t always mean that you automatically or instinctively know what to do.

Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) offers proven communication skills that really work. When they use these skills, parents are amazed with the dramatic improvement both in their families and in all their relationships. This program was created by award-winning psychologist and three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Dr. Thomas Gordon in 1962. A major revision of the P.E.T. program was completed in July, 2006 with up-to-date examples, new content and more.

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About Gordon Training International

Gordon Training International (GTI) headquartered in Solana Beach, California, is a world-renowned human relations training organization. GTI was founded in 1962 by Dr. Thomas Gordon, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who is best-known for his parenting program, Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) and his leadership training program, Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.).