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Course: 1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents
by Thomas Phelan, PhD, and Chris Webb, MS, MA

CE Credit Hours: 9
Fee: $44

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Clinicians working with parents desiring a Christian approach to parenting will find this book instrumental in parenting and family therapy. This 2nd edition of the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents program addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, biblical insight, and proven experience. Complete with relevant Bible verses, explanations, and exercises, this program offers a foolproof method of disciplining children ages two through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking.

By mastering the three easy-to-follow steps, therapists will be in position to help parents learn to manage troublesome behavior, encourage good behavior, and strengthen the parent-child relationship-avoiding the 'Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit' syndrome which frustrates so many parents. Ten strategies for building a child's self-esteem and the six types of testing and manipulation a parent can expect from the child are discussed, as well as tips on how to prevent homework arguments, make mealtimes more enjoyable, conduct effective family meetings, and encourage children to start doing their household chores. New advice about kids and technology and new illustrations bring this essential parenting companion completely up-to-date.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Teach parents the three most fundamental parenting jobs
  • Demonstrate for parents a simple method to get children to stop obnoxious behavior
  • Enumerate seven tactics for encouraging good behavior
  • Articulate four strategies for strengthening parent/child relationships
  • Show parents how to encourage and respect a child�s growing independence
  • Communicate how silence can speak louder than words
  • Facilitate parenting groups

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience. This book is also available in other formats such as Kindle, or as a download to your computer via Amazon
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers ready.
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Bio: Thomas Phelan, PhD

Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., is the author of numerous books, DVDs and audios, some of which include: 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12, 1-2-3 Magic for Teachers: Effective Classroom Discipline Pre-K through Grade 8, Surviving Your Adolescents: How to Manage - and Let Go Of - Your 13-18 Year Olds, and several others. In addition to writing and producing, Dr. Phelan maintains an active schedule of international lectures, and he is a frequent guest on radio and television. His articles appear in numerous regional and national publications.

A registered clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. has worked with children, adults and families for over 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association. Dr. Phelan received his Doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago, after completing his internship at the Loyola Child Guidance Center. He worked at the DuPage County Mental Health Center prior to entering into private practice. Dr. Phelan has also served on the boards of directors for both ADDA and CHADD, two national organizations for the parents of children with ADD. He was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame in 1997.

Bio: Chris Webb, MS, MA

Chris is an ordained minister, therapist and the director of the Family Coaching Clinic. His writings have appeared in numerous newspapers, and magazines. He is the co-author of 1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents, 1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents Workbook, and soon to be released A Christian Guide to Surviving Your Adolescents. Chris is also an Autism Program Development Specialist for T.E.A.A.M. and a DORE Consultant. He also leads seminars for churches, parents and counselors across the country.