“I am anxious to begin working with Tehama County in getting something set up for our community. Thanks, your curriculum is wonderful and you done a great job of providing us with the information. At first when I seen the schedule laid out, I had second thoughts about how you were going to get all this information to us, but your skills really make a difference. Thank you.”
– Lauri Hayward Redding Rancheria, Native American Reservation
Positive Discipline Community Resources embodies a collaboration of dedicated professionals and organizations to further the use of disciplinary techniques that builds respectful relationships and brings greater joy to families, classrooms and communities. We work with medical practitioners, social workers, and youth service providers among others who believe this approach fits our core values as a community.
Some of our collaborative projects include gang prevention, supporting parents in recovery, and integrating pediatric health practices. A few of our partners include:
- 5 Keys to Raising a Happy, Healthy Eater
- Above The Line
- Alianza Charter School, Watsonville
- Alliance for Human Rights of Santa Cruz County
- Boys and Girls Club, Santa Cruz County
- California State Parks, City of Santa Cruz Junior Guards
- Child Care Planning Council, Santa Cruz County
- Childhood Feeding Collaborative, Santa Clara County
- Children’s Movement of California
- Children’s Network
- GEMMA, Community Action Board
- Go for Health!
- Leadership Santa Cruz County
- Live Oak Family Resource Center
- Physicians Medical Group
- Queer Youth Task Force
- Salud y Cariño
- Safety Training Seminars
- Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Pediatric Division
- Santa Cruz County Family Resource Network
- Santa Cruz Teen Forum
- Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium
- United Nations Association of the United States of America
We value of engagement and connection as a whole community “ecological” model. PDCR’s network of allies include a wide array of community based organizations including First 5 Monterey County, Live Oak Family Resource Center, Above the Line foster family agency, Boys and Girls Club, Santa Cruz County Commitment to College, Santa Cruz Adult School, Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce/Women’s Leadership Forum, Pajaro Family Resource Center, Civinomics, Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium, and Cabrillo College Extension. With these different partners, we have offered speakers and classes; trained staff and facilitators; and integrated practice and programs.
As a respectful and strategic collaborator, PDCR works with every sector, agency and organization based on the needs at hand. Here are two specific initiatives that we are innovating in:
Positive Discipline in the Criminal Justice System
PDCR’s provides classes in the jails and with the GEMMA & RISE Programs for transitioning from incarceration. The rates of recidivism, defined as re-offending within 3 years, is at 65% in California, 60% in our county and 35% for the GEMMA and RISE participants. This dramatic reduction is being observed and studied by other jurisdictions and says so much for the importance of wrap-around services that address the needs of the whole person! Post incarceration, our PD graduates benefit from greater understanding and better tools to rebuild damaged relationships and provide more effective modeling for their own children. They have new hope that their lives will be fundamentally different and that their children will not be sitting inside those cells in the future!
Positive Discipline in the Clinical Setting
PDCR is collaborating with Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center (a clinic with Valley Medical Center) under a grant from the Healthier Kids Foundation to design a 3 part series addressing the epidemic of obesity and diabetes and building systems in families that foster mutual respect and dignity. We have also helped train staff with Salud Para La Gente, Stanford Hospital and private practices all over the region. Positive Discipline’s focus on the internal locus of control and clear ways of teaching self-regulation effectively shifts parents away from punishments and rewards to strength based relationships that are more effective in fostering healthy habits. Several other area community health clinics have approached our trainers to do staff trainings. Building healthy family relationships with authoritative parenting and helping bring structure and routines to family life has positive effects on many health indicators.