Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Child Raising Training & Certification Course (TCC)

Echo Parenting & Education is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Child Raising Training and Certification Course (TCC). This course is designed to provide in-depth training in the nonviolent approach to child raising as well as an introduction to the emerging and rapidly evolving field of developmental trauma. The two-part course comprises a 100-hour theoretical overview, followed by a practicum. Upon successful completion of the practicum, participants will be certified as an Echo Parenting & Education Parent Educator.

TCC Details

Part One -Theoretical Overview of Nonviolent Child Raising and Developmental Trauma:  A 100-hour intensive course of study led by Ruth Beaglehole (founder and former Executive Director of Echo Parenting & Education) to review the principles and practices of nonviolent child raising and the research that informs it. In an alive, creative, and dynamic learning environment participants will be immersed in the philosophical underpinnings and pedagogical framework for teaching parent education in multiple settings. This will be the second year of incorporating a trauma curriculum, which covers the neurobiology of trauma, identifying trauma responses and symptoms, regulation strategies, and trauma recovery.

Part Two – Practicum: An eight-week practicum for participants who have completed the first part of TCC and wish to become certified in the Echo Parenting & Education nonviolent parenting curriculum. The main goal of the practicum is to provide opportunities to practice teaching with supervision from Ruth and Echo staff who will provide feedback and support to facilitate development of skills. Participation in the practicum does not guarantee certification. Certification will be determined on an individual basis during the practicum.

Requirements: Applicants must have completed at least one series of Echo Parenting & Education’s Nonviolent Parenting Classes. Our 10 week Saturday series begins July 25 and our 2 day Weekend Intensive (with Ruth) takes place September 12 & 13, 2015.  If you have not completed a series, please contact the Program Manager to discuss options. Acceptance into TCC is based on a completed application plus a face to face interview with Echo staff.

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Dates: Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.  If you have a conflict or emergency, contact the Program Manager. Class will meet every three weeks for one weekend over six weeks starting September 16, 2015 and ending January 10, 2016. Class is held on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

Orientation: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6pm to 8:30pm; 1000 W. Sunset Blvd. Suite 201, Los Angeles 90012

Part One: September 26th & 27th, 2015IMG_5192
October 10th & 11th, 2015
October 24th & 25th, 2015
November 14th, & 15th, 2015
December 12th & 13th, 2015
January 9th & 10th, 2016
Graduation: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Location: To be determined

Part Two: Dates to be determined

Program Fees:
Part One – Theoretical Overview: $2,500 (does not include materials )
Payment plans and some scholarships are available.

Part Two – Practicum: $750
Payment plans and some scholarships are available.

Payment Options: Your plan must be decided no later than September 16, 2015
– Option A: $2,250 (10% discount) paid on or before September 16, 2015
– Option B: $2,500 paid on or before October 1, 2015
– Option C: 10-month payment plan (September 2015 to June 2016) $2,500 with addt’l $100 finance fee, total payment of $2,600

Payment plans must be selected on or before September 16, 2015. If payment has not been received by October 1, 2015, a late fee of $100 will be charged. Tuition fees are non-refundable.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please contact the Program Manager for a scholarship application.

Application Deadline Extended: August 14, 2015 (click here for application)

Please email application to or mail to Echo Parenting & Education, PO Box 26938, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Interviews will begin to be scheduled in August. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Manager.

Program Manager: Glenda Linares, (213) 484-6676 x310,


The following is a list of books that will be referred to and discussed during the training:

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TCC Recommended Reading List
Titles marked with (*) are required reading before or during the training course.
Nonviolent Parenting Curriculum (given to all participants in the training program)
* Parenting for a Peaceful World by Robin Grille (link)
* Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell (link)
Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson (link)
No Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson (link)
Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn (link)
Playful Parenting by Leonard Cohen (link)
Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control / Vol.1 & Vol 2 (Vol 1 – link / Vol 2 – link)
Helping Billy by Heather Forbes (link)
* Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman (link)
* The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (link)

Echo Parenting & Education has several of these books for you to purchase. Links to these books at are provided above or ask your local bookstore to order them for you.

Additional articles may be given to you each time we meet.  This will be supplemental reading to be done on your own time schedule.