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My name is Fionnuala Hoffmann and I'm a certified Positive Discipline educator. I'm from Ireland originally but Germany has been my home for over 20 years. I live in Berlin with my husband who is German and our three young sons.

In 2016 I took part in a Positive Discipline parent workshop at my sons' school and was deeply impressed by the power and authenticity of the teachings. When myself and my husband started to apply the tools we had learned in class, we found communication and co-operation with our sons improved almost immediately. I was so inspired by the profound wisdom of the Adlerian encouragement model that I quit my teaching job to become a full time certified Positive Discipline Educator and since early 2017 have been facilitating PD workshops in the Berlin area.

 

EDUCATION and further training:

Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator
Steven Foster LCSW, CPDLT, Paris - Oct. 2018

Encouragement Consultant
Master Training with Lynn Lott, Barcelona - Sept. 2018
In assoc. with Kristian Orozco Figueroa

Certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator
Positive Discipline UK - 2017
Joy Marchese CPDT M.A & Karine Quarez

Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator 
Positive Discipline of Connecticut USA - 2016
Mary Nelsen Tamborski CPDT M.A & Carol Dores CPDT B.S

Certificate in Adlerian Principles for personal and relationship growth.
London, UK - 2016
Dr. Jane Nelsen (founder of Positive Discipline) Hosted by Positive Discipline UK

Certificate in Adlerian Principles for personal and relationship growth with Jane Nelsen. London, Sept. 2016

Certificate in Adlerian Principles for personal and relationship growth with Jane Nelsen. London, Sept. 2016

 
Dr. Betty Lou Bettner and Fionnuala at ICASSI, 2018

Dr. Betty Lou Bettner and Fionnuala at ICASSI, 2018

Courses at ICASSI 
International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes
Venusberg Ev., Bonn, Germany - July, 2018

10 Hour Courses:
Individual Psychology in the Workplace - Dr. Eva Dreikurs Ferguson
Understanding Human Development - Dr. Marina Bluvshtein

20 Hour Course:
Adler, Crucial Cs and Life Tasks - Dr. Betty Lou Bettner

 
Fionnuala with Dr. Eva Dreikurs Ferguson and Dr. Marina Bluvshtein at ICASSI, Bonn, 2018

Fionnuala with Dr. Eva Dreikurs Ferguson and Dr. Marina Bluvshtein at ICASSI, Bonn, 2018

 
Adlerian Parenting Today with Alyson Schafer at ICASSI USA, 2017

Adlerian Parenting Today with Alyson Schafer at ICASSI USA, 2017

Butler University, Indiana, USA -  July, 2017
10 hour courses:
Adlerian Parenting Today - Alyson Schafer
The Art of Encouragement - Yoav Shoham

Group Dynamics, Facilitation and Group Therapy
Dublin, Ireland, 2017. (Dr. Karen John - In assoc. with the Dublin Adlerian Psychology Group)

NLP Basic Introduction Course, NLP Institut Berlin - 2008   

(CELTA)  Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of other languages (Grade A)  - 2003
International House Budapest - University Of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations                                    

BA Degree in Applied Psychology and English - University College Cork, Ireland - 1989


Workshop Participant Feedback

Would you recommend this course to another parent?

"Yes, without hesitation! I'm very glad I did the course - my kids are too!" Jody M.

"Yes, you get to know/ understand yourself better, get help from other parents, see where you can improve and how to move in that direction" Veronique K.

"Absolutely! I think for any parent this is a great class no matter what your situation is"
Theresa H.

Yes! It is making my family life more like the one I always wanted"  D. Takis

"Yes, it can only help!" "It has been fantastic - but in unexpected ways" Anthea Kreston,  Artemis Quartet

 

Have things changed in your home as a result of the workshop?

"Changes are definitely positive. I like them" Gretchen V.

"Yes, I'm more patient with my children and they seem happier also. They do more for themselves and are proud of it" Anon

"Yes. Although this is a work in progress I am learning to be a more patient and respectful mother. Even when I forget to act according to PD I have started to realize that it's okay to make mistakes. I take a deep breath and start over" Anon

"My child is more cooperative and appreciates my own change in behavior / attitude." M. Moga

"The way I speak to my child has changed his reaction to my words. Things have calmed down and yes - I think we're both happier!"  Tamara F.

Fionnuala with Dr. Jane Nelsen at the Positive Discipline Think Tank, USA, 2017

Fionnuala with Dr. Jane Nelsen at the Positive Discipline Think Tank, USA, 2017

With mentor Deborah Owen Sohocki (far left) and fellow Positive Discipline colleagues at Positive Discipline Think Tank, USA, 2017

With mentor Deborah Owen Sohocki (far left) and fellow Positive Discipline colleagues at Positive Discipline Think Tank, USA, 2017