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 Parent Effectiveness Training — P.E.T.

One of the best things a parent can ever do for their children.

Dr. Thomas Gordon's, Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) is the pioneering program delivered only by Certified Instructors, that has helped millions of parents around the world.

Whether our children are toddlers or teenagers, parenting can be challenging — even overwhelming at times. Being a parent doesn't always mean we automatically or instinctively know the best way to handle situations, and it can be especially confusing when even the most "current" parenting models promote conflicting ideas. 

Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) offers proven communication skills that really work. Parents who use these skills are amazed with the dramatic improvements within their families, and in all their relationships.

The 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.

Anyone can learn these communication and conflict resolution skills through Dr. Gordon's P.E.T. program, taught by certified P.E.T. Instructors.

The benefits to you and your children:


  • Your children developing self-discipline, self-control and an inner sense of personal responsibility
  • Your children feeling free to discuss their problems and concerns with you openly and honestly
  • Your children seeking your advice
  • Your children caring about your needs
  • You and your children working with each other instead of against each other
  • Problem-solving rather than power struggles
  • Family schedules and agreements that work for everyone — no more nagging!
  • An end to pouting, yelling, hitting, and sulking
  • An end to power struggles, anger and resentment...
  • ...much less stress and tension, and
  • ...much more joy, more fun, more peace, more love.

"Yes! That's what I want!"

P.E.T. Skills include:

  • How to listen so children will talk
  • How to talk so children will listen
  • How to prevent problems where possible
  • How to solve problems so they stay solved, and there’s no hard feelings
  • What to do when a child has problems with other children
  • Understanding the nature of conflict
  • The difference between a conflict of needs and a conflict of values
  • What to do when there’s a conflict of needs
  • What to do when there’s a conflict of values
...and much more.

Using P.E.T. skills supports your children in developing:

  • respect
  • responsibility
  • self-discipline
  • self-motivation
  • autonomy
  • cooperation
  • self-esteem
  • self-confidence
  • empathy
  • communication skills
  • problem-solving skills...

As a result of using what you learn in this program, your child will learn...

  • how to stand up for themselves – without being mean, nasty and without bullying
  • how to be loving and accepting of others – without being a doormat
  • how to ask for what they want – without being dominating or submissive
  • how to problem-solve with others for mutual benefit 
  • how to be honest without being brutal 
  • how to be confident without being arrogant
  • how to be respectful of themselves, and others
  • how to protect themselves from manipulation, deceit and bullying
  • and more...

These are skills that enable both parents and children to feel safe and comfortable within themselves, and develop respectful, loving, happy, healthy relationships with each other...and others. 

This program is an Australian Government
Nationally Recognised Training program. 





Program Timing:

P.E.T is a 24 hour program, delivered in 8 x 3 hour sessions. Delivery options include:

  • 1 session a week for 8 weeks
  • 2 sessions a week for 4 weeks (sessions can be separate or concurrent)
  • 3 day intensive program.

Session options include;

  • morning sessions after school drop-off
  • afternoon sessions before school pick-up, and 
  • afternoon/evening sessions after school/work
  • full day sessions
    • mid-week, and 
    • weekend sessions.


Sessions are available at a location/venue convenient to you, by arrangement. 


$425 single
$660 per couple

Includes Workbook and PET text

Contact Sue-maree

Contact Sue-maree to arrange a program that fits the needs of your group.

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