Conscious Discipline https://consciousdiscipline.com/
created by Dr. Becky Bailey, an internationally renowned expert in child developmental psychology
Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based, trauma-informed discipline approach that creates an environment where everyone can develop in a way best for them—including adults! Conscious Discipline integrates classroom management with social-emotional learning, using everyday events as part of a school's curriculum, and addresses the adult as well as the child.
- The Conscious Discipline program is on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
- CD received high ratings in 8 of 10 categories in a Harvard analysis of the nation’s top 25 social-emotional learning programs published by the Wallace Foundation.
- CD has been named a national model for character education by the Florida State Legislature. It has also been proven to reduce aggression by 64% while increasing reading scores by 18%.
- Fern Creek Elementary, a "D" school serving a student population mired in poverty and homelessness, used Conscious Discipline to improve its students' academic success and transform its classrooms from places of fear, bullying, and struggle into places of safety, cooperation, and helpfulness.
- Understand the brain states Discover how to use the latest brain research to break out of the instinctive habit of disciplining children the same way you were disciplined as a child. You'll also be able to help children progress from physical or verbal aggression to calm self-regulation, freeing them to make better choices and empathize with others.
- Learn your seven powers as adults Among these powers is your ability to see discipline as an opportunity to teach rather than a disruption... and to stay in control of your own actions, creating a safe environment for your children.
- Discover new ways to connect members of your family, classroom, or team Building stronger connections in your family, classroom, or team will increase their willingness to solve problems together rather than fight against each other.
- Use the seven skills of discipline to respond to events in new ways
Your new ways of responding will also help children develop kindness and self-respect, honor those different than themselves, solve problems with compassion, and grow into responsible adults.
Conscious Discipline Four Essential Components
Brain State Model-A Neurodevelopmental Model that Focuses on Internal States First and Behavior Second
The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model becomes a framework to understand the internal brain-body states that are most likely to produce certain behaviors in children and in ourselves. The goal of this model is not to turn into neuroscientists, but to provide a simplified brain model as a means for increasing our self-awareness so we can respond consciously to the needs of the moment.
Conscious Discipline empowers us to be conscious of brain-body states in ourselves and children. It then provides us with the practical skills we need to manage our thoughts, feeling and actions.
With this ability to self-regulate, we are then able to teach children to do the same. By doing this, we help children who are physically aggressive (survival state) or verbally aggressive (emotional state) become more integrated so they can learn and use problem-solving skills (executive state). When we understand the brain state model, we can clearly see the importance of building our homes, schools and businesses on the core principles of safety, connection and problem-solving.
Conscious Discipline’s multidisciplinary approach surpasses behavioral approaches that teach specific behaviors and offers a neuro-developmental model of the brain based on and adapted from the work of Bruce Perry, Daniel Siegel, Allan Schore, Louis Cozolino, Joseph LeDoux, Paul MacLean, and Alexander Luria.
The Seven Powers for Conscious Adults
The Foundation of Safety
Becoming conscious of hurtful patterns and the willingness to change those patterns is the greatest gift we can give children. Becoming conscious allows us to access our own wisdom and remain calm in the face of antagonism and disorder. It is the foundation of choice and change.
The “conscious” part of Conscious Discipline is based on consciousness and mindfulness research and consists of seven powers. The Seven Powers for Conscious Adults empower us to self-regulate. They create long-term, lasting success by guiding us to become conscious, present, attuned and responsive to the needs of ourselves and children.
The seven powers provide a foundation that facilitates our access to the integrated executive brain state where all higher-order thinking occurs. From this state, we can override impulsive and reactive tendencies. Any classroom management or discipline system that fails to address the conscious awareness and emotional intelligence of the adult is ultimately doomed. The Seven Powers for Conscious Adults create long-term, lasting success by guiding us to become conscious, present, attuned and responsive to the needs of ourselves and children.
Seven Powers for Conscious Adults
Creating the School Family
School Climate Impacts All Achievement
Ask yourself, “Would I rather have children say, ‘What do I get if I’m good?’ or ‘How do I give of my goodness?’” How you answer this question will determine the school climate and culture you want to create. School climate impacts all achievement. The culture of a school can foster bullying, blame and cliques, or it can build cooperation, willingness and responsibility.
Historically, we have unconsciously used the metaphor of a factory when creating our classrooms and schools. The goal of a factory is to create standardized products through a rewards and punishment paradigm. Research and experience prove that we need a new metaphor if we wish to build successful and safe educational institutions. The School Family, built on a healthy family model, is this new metaphor. The goal of a healthy family is the optimal development of all members.
The School Family is created through routines, rituals and structures.
The School Family creates a fundamental shift in education and classroom management. Leave coercion, fear and external rewards behind, and step into a world where intrinsic motivation, helpfulness, problem-solving and connection govern your classroom.
The Seven Skills of Discipline are the only skills needed to transform everyday discipline issues into teaching moments
Ever felt at a loss for how to deal with power struggles, defiance, verbal attacks, bullying or physical aggression? Have you ever wondered what would help children stay on task, pay attention and finish their work?
The Seven Skills of Discipline are the only skills we need to transform these everyday discipline issues into teaching moments. These moments are our opportunity to teach children the social-emotional and communication skills necessary to manage themselves, resolve conflict, prevent bullying and develop pro-social behaviors.
The seven skills emerge from the foundation of the Seven Powers for Conscious Adults. As we become more conscious of our reactions to conflict, we can choose a different response. The seven skills teach you to respond to conflict in a way that helps children move from the resistant, lower centers of their brain to the more cooperative, higher centers.
The chart below shows how each of the Seven Skills of Discipline, when utilized consciously, yields critical core values and life skills.
By implementing the powers and skills together, we learn to stay in control of ourselves and in charge of children in a manner that models the same skills we seek to teach. This, combined with the willingness generated by the School Family, empowers children to successfully learn and internalize lifelong skills.
Conscious Discipline’s original application is in the classroom, but these methods apply seamlessly to all human interactions. Conscious Discipline has the power to affect every relationship. It now includes an evidence-based program designed specifically for parents.
Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive emotional intelligence and classroom management system that integrates all domains of learning (social, emotional, physical, cultural and cognitive) into one seamless curriculum. It evolves from constantly asking, “Is there a better way,” and seeking the most current information provided by varied disciplines from neuroscience to mindfulness research to developmental psychology and beyond.
- Conscious Discipline is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which promotes the adoption of scientifically established behavioral health interventions and rated Conscious Discipline’s effects on individual outcomes. NREPP subsequently endorsed Conscious Discipline as effective for improving social functioning and competence. The review of the program yielded strong evidence of a favorable effect. NREPP also rated Conscious Discipline as promising for improving educational achievement and attainment.
- CD received high ratings in 8 of 10 categories in a Harvard analysis of the nation’s top 25 social-emotional learning programs published by the Wallace Foundation. The Harvard study’s authors say, “Conscious Discipline provides an array of behavior management strategies and classroom structures that teachers can use to turn everyday situations into learning opportunities.”
- Several other research studies including quasi-experimental studies show that conscious discipline:
- Improves the social and emotional skills of students
- Improves the social and emotional skills of teachers
- Increases student academic readiness
- Increases student academic achievement
- Improves the quality of student-teacher interactions
- Improves school climate
- Decreases aggression in preschool children
- Decreases impulsivity and hyperactivity in “difficult” students