The term "discipline" comes from the Latin word "disciplinare," which means "to teach." Many people, however, associate the word with punishment, which falls short of the full meaning of the word. Discipline, properly practiced, uses a multifaceted approach, including models, rewards, and punishments that teach and reinforce desired behavior. Through discipline, children are able to learn self-control, self-direction, competence, and a sense of caring.


The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that an effective discipline system must contain three elements. If these three aspects are all present in a program of discipline, the result generally is improved child behavior. The elements are:
a learning environment characterized by positive, supportive parent-child relationships:

1 - a proactive
strategy for systematic teaching and strengthening of desired

2 - a reactive strategy for decreasing or eliminating undesired

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We are publishing this to reinforce the civility of purpose contained in item 2.

Those whose life work demands the rigours of professional discipline commit to a lengthy period of personal discipline devoted to acquiring the education, training, applied experience and depth of understanding necessary to apply the principle contained in item 2 above.

These individuals are rare in our society.

We refer to them as 'professional practitioners' by virtue of their commitment to the disciplined behaviour required in their chosen life's work. Because we value their professional purpose in servicing the most intimate of personal needs as our fiduciaries we feel comfortable in allowing them the opportunity to earn our trust.

Trust is the linchpin in our most intimate relationships with professionals and others. Its acquisition value and economic price are high. Its loss has an equally high personal and economic price. It requires a disciplined mind to maintain it under both satisfying and unpleasant circumstances.

Its maintenance is an 'inside job".

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