Use of the Most Memorable Observation as a Technique for Understanding Choice of Parenting Style

Presented by: Patricia A. Walton-Donalies, M.Ed.

A free workshop open to the general public for anyone interested in learning a technique based on Adlerian principles that employs autobiographical memory in the process of understanding the belief system of parents as it relates to choice of parenting style. This technique, developed by Dr. Francis X. Walton, has proven to be a powerful means of opening dialogue regarding possible alterations of parenting style.

Saturday, September 18, 2010
10 AM to 12 noon
Bethel Park Library
5100 West Library Road, Bethel Park, 15102

This workshop will explore the use of the Most Memorable Observation as a counseling technique that allows the encouraging counselor to help parents identify their parenting style and understand how they may be guarding against falling into an assumed position of social inferiority. The technique can help the counselor quickly identify what constitutes the negatively perceived behaviors parents may be guarding against. It can also be used to help teachers understand how their belief system influences them to choose problematic approaches to leadership and discipline of students. The mistaken thinking revealed in the most memorable observation has proven valuable in helping clients deal with other problems they have encountered but the major thrust of this presentation is to explain the use of the memorable observation with parenting.


  1. To define the basic principles of Adler’s Individual Psychology.
  2. To understand the concept of the most memorable observation as a counseling techniques.
  3. To be able to identify thru a memorable observation what constitutes the negatively perceived behavior parents may be guarding against.
  4. To identify the guidelines to pay attention to in order to help the parent/client modify parenting techniques based upon mistaken thinking.

Presenter: Patricia A. Walton-Donalies has a Master in Education degree in Guidance and Counseling and over 30 years experience working with children and their families. Pat is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia and was a Supervisory Probation officer in the District of Columbia before returning “home” to Pittsburgh. Pat has worked in Wraparound Programs in Allegheny County for the last 15 years and is presently a Care Manager for Community Care Behavioral Health. Pat is especially well versed in effective behavior management techniques for addressing children’s misbehavior. As an Adlerian trained practitioner, Pat has shared her expertise with parents and professionals in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and South Carolina. Pat is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and is a founding member and past president of the Western Pennsylvania Society of Adlerian Psychology.

About the Society: The Western Pennsylvania Society for Adlerian Psychology promotes the educational theories and practical techniques of Dr. Alfred Adler, a leading theorist in the field of mental health and the founder of child guidance centers. His theory of Individual Psychology promotes a holistic approach for each individual and is based on a model of growth. His teachings are applicable to parent/child relationships and counseling for families.

Continuing Education Credits:
WPSAP is an affiliate of The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP). North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) and the NASW-PA, SW Division, as co-sponsors of this workshop maintains responsibility for all content. NASAP is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (NCC) and by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. We adhere to NBCC and APA Continuing Education Guidelines. NASAP is also approved to sponsor continuing education for ACT 48 for educators in the state of Pennsylvania. There is a nominal charge of $15.00 to process CE’s 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 (412-835-2207). To insure an email contact please send your email address to pawaltond[at]verizon[dot]net.

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