P.E.T. Instructor Certification

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“I have taken many courses from different institutions over the years, but this week was the ultimate learning experience of my life!” – Virag S.

“The P.E.T. Instructor Training was excellent! I feel both confident and excited to introduce P.E.T. to my community.” – Nicki N.

“Life changing experience. What a fantastic investment in one’s life! Highly, highly recommended!” – Marie L.

“I loved it! Meike is a very dynamic, well-prepared, knowledgeable and skilled trainer. She made the experience very enjoyable and accessible. This training was really the bridge I needed from knowledge of the skills to application of the skills. I already feel a shift within me – the integration of the methods into my life and who I am.” – Michelle C.

“I was raised with P.E.T., my dad was a P.E.T. Instructor and now I am a P.E.T. Instructor and I am so happy to be sharing these skills with parents! In fact, when Lance at GTI asked if I wanted to make a short video for P.E.T., I jumped at the chance. I hope you find it useful!.” – Melissa L.

“I attended the P.E.T. Instructor Training on a gut feeling, and am so glad I did. Meike’s [workshop instructor] teaching and all the interactions with the other participants made for an impactful and memorable experience. I have taught a few in-person workshops and several book clubs. With each experience I learn, grow and ease deeper into the principles and skills of P.E.T. I am thankful for P.E.T. in my life and family, and for the opportunity to share P.E.T. with others! ” – Angela B.

Dr. Gordon’s influence in my life has been substantial. My parents took a P.E.T. course in the 70’s and raised our family using his methods. I am ever grateful for their decision, as I was always treated as an equal, listened to, and actively participated in solving problems. The approach instilled a strong sense of responsibility in us at a very young age, which included the ability to see the world from my parents’ point of view. The method provided our family a model for communication that preserved the quality and openness of our relationship throughout my childhood and teen years, making life easier for us and for our parents. My parents did not have to resort to blame, punishment, or force to solve family problems. I loved growing up in this environment and feel passionate about helping others create it as well, which is why I decided to become a P.E.T. Instructor.” – Joel F.

“I got certified last year and that week was one of the BEST in my life. Since then, I have gotten to live my dream of sharing these concrete, paradigm shifting skills with 24 important and special people. I love my calling – do it!”  – Catherine B.

“Just do it. It will change your life!” – Christa W.

“I enjoyed the workshop and learned so much! I feel very well prepared to facilitate P.E.T. courses and I can’t wait to share this incredible training with others!” – Diana T.

“This was everything I dreamed of experiencing and learning since 2103 when I read the book and learned I could become an Instructor. This intensive course paired with instructor practice has given me confidence that I wasn’t expecting.” – Ryan B.

“It was great! I have a much greater understanding of P.E.T. and I’m excited to share it with the world. Don’t hesitate. Do it!” – Hunter C.

If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, maybe you might want to teach P.E.T.:

  1. Are you empathic?
  2. Do you have a network of potential clients (parents, counseling centers, preschools, religious centers, etc.) that you could offer P.E.T. classes to (online or in-person)?
  3. Are you a HUGE fan of the Gordon Model and P.E.T.?
  4. Do you enjoy teaching/facilitating?

Becoming a Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) Instructor enables you to facilitate this comprehensive prestigious program within your community or organization. Here is more information on the Instructor Training Workshop, instructor certification, and more.

About the Workshop and Certification

This in-person workshop design is based on a “learning-by-doing” model. It combines instruction in the core content and skills from the P.E.T. model with exercises providing practice in dealing with group dynamics and the process of teaching and facilitating the P.E.T. class. It is led by a Master P.E.T. Trainer, from Gordon Training International. Until May 2nd, the tuition is $2,395–after May 2nd the tuition is $2,695 and includes the P.E.T. Instructor Kit. Please note that there is an application process to complete prior to confirming your attendance.

This workshop is exclusively for those who want to market and teach P.E.T. Classes to their own client base. 

Becoming a P.E.T. Instructor is a 3-step process:

  • Step 1 – Complete a P.E.T. Class (Online or In-Person) with a P.E.T. Instructor (click here to view our class calendar).
  • Step 2 – Successfully complete a 5 1/2 day* Instructor Training Workshop (ITW).
  • Step 3 – Teach a qualifying P.E.T. Class and submit the participant evaluations to Gordon Training for review, final approval and instructor certification.

Once you’re certified, you can offer classes online or in-person anywhere in the USA as long as they’re not a client of another P.E.T. Instructor or of GTI’s.  As an independent P.E.T. Instructor, you market your own classes, charge tuition that suits your client base and order P.E.T. participant materials from GTI.  We’re happy to list your classes on our website as well as promote them on our socials.  We also provide referrals when parents or organizations contact us for P.E.T. classes.

2024 P.E.T. Instructor Trainer Workshop
October 20-25 San Diego, CA (In-Person) Contact Us

Regarding COVID-19, we strongly encourage participants to be vaccinated and boosted.  All of our Master Facilitators are. Please note that the State of California (where our ITW’s are held) recommends and encourages awareness of the following:

• There is a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission when individuals attend indoor events where the vaccine status of others in attendance may be unknown to the individuals.
• When attending indoor events, there is a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission for populations that may not currently be eligible for vaccination or may be immunocompromised and whose vaccine protection may be incomplete.

*Workshop hours: Sunday: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, Monday through Friday: 8:30 am-5:30 pm

2019 SD P.E.T. Instructor Training Workshop Group Photo funPrivate, Onsite P.E.T. Instructor Training

We can send one of our Master P.E.T. Trainers to your organization for a private in-person workshop for up to 20 participants. This 5 1/2 day intensive workshop will effectively prepare candidates to teach P.E.T. classes. The workshop consists of discussion, skill-building exercises, group activities and lots of practice teaching. This workshop is designed for those will be teaching either on their own in their community, through an agency, private practice.

Pricing for the P.E.T. On-site Workshop includes the P.E.T. Instructor Kit. Per person, the tuition is $2,695. The Master Trainer’s travel, lodging and meals are additional.

Want to learn more?  Call or email us for more information and/or to receive an application for enrollment: 800.628.1197 or email us at: family@gordontraining.com

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Tel: 800.628.1197
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