The Courageous Parent

A free workshop open to the general public

Presenter: Cindy Walton-McCawley, M.Ed.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 – 10 AM to 12 PM

Bethel Park Library 5100 West Library Road, Bethel Park, 15102

Raising responsible, caring and cooperative children can present a challenge for any parent. The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler provides a sound theory upon which to base child rearing techniques. The author of The Courageous Parent will outline child rearing theory and techniques based upon Adlerian psychology. The impact of social embededness, the striving for superiority, and purposefulness of behavior on children’s development will be explored. Specific techniques for encouragement as well as techniques for stopping the use of misbehavior will be provided.


  • Behavior is interpreted from a holistic point of view
  • Individuals are motivated to belong
  • Individuals strive for superiority or perfection
  • Behavior is purposeful and goal directed
  • 4 mistaken goals of behavior: attention/service, power, revenge, inadequacy
  • 3 approaches to parenting: pampering, coercive, democratic
  • All individuals have potential to develop socially interested behavior
  • Parents of a misbehaving child can help a child develop social interest with techniques to stop the use of misbehavior and techniques to encourage cooperative and responsible behaviors
  • Techniques for child rearing challenges
  • Encouragement techniques

Presenter: Cindy Walton-McCawley, M.Ed. – a past-president of the SC Society of Adlerlian Psychology, she is coordinator & co-owner of Adlerian Child Care Centers, Inc., which has four child development centers in Columbia, SC. She specializes in the areas of early childhood education, classroom management, children’s behavior and staff relations & leads parent education groups for parents of children enrolled at the centers. She serves as a coordinator to Community Child Care Assoc., which operates after-school enrichment programs in Richland County School District 1. Ms. Walton-McCawley provides ongoing training for staff in the areas of Adlerian theory and techniques, child development, and classroom management, both in the USA and Europe, and has served as faculty of the International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI). She authored the six book series, Establishing Adlerian Child Development Programs, and was lead author of The Courageous Parent.

Continuing Education Credits: Two (2) hours of Continuing Education available. This program is co-sponsored by the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) and by the NASW-PA, SW Division. NASAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for counselors. NASAP maintains responsibility for this program and it content. Application has been made to NASW-PA, SW Division for continuing education. There is no fee for attendance. There is a nominal charge of $15.00 to process CEs for non-members of WPSAP and NASW-PA, SW Division. Cancellation Policy: Should the event have to be cancelled WPSAP will send out emails to all in the WPSAP address book. If you are not on that list, please check with the Bethel Park Library the morning of the event. (412835-2207). To insure an email contact, please send your email address to Special needs requests should be directed to Kerry Kennelly at 412 716 2078. Visit our Web site at:

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