Dec 6 2018
Dec 6 2018: 1:00pm–4:15pm

Introduction to Conscious Discipline

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

All sessions in this series will be held at Bradley Hospital at 1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence, Rhode Island unless otherwise noted.


Cheryl Cotter MEd is a special educator with over 25 years’ experience in training, coaching and consultation. In her current role as director of programs at The Autism Project she balances the administrative requirements, program and curriculum development and direct teaching, presenting and coaching of adult learners across school districts. Cotter also creates and presents on topics related to autism, school-based curriculums and social emotional development locally and nationally.

Cheryl holds a masters degree in education and has completed advanced training in a variety of therapeutic interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and social emotional challenges. Most recently Cheryl trained in Conscious Discipline (CD) and works to bring the programming to Rhode Island. Related to CD, she provided 104 hours of direct training and over 200 hours of onsite coaching to educators and professionals to support classroom and school programs. This includes implementing and modeling structures, rituals and routines and working as a coach in guiding the educators and professionals through their 7 powers and 7 skills.  In addition, Cheryl received 150 hours of training and 50 hours of coaching from a CD Lead Consultant. Training topics covered a range of ages and locations.

Cheryl attended Level I and II TEACCH training (Structured Teaching), attended multiple trainings on Social Thinking, including a 3-day intensive mentorship at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic, Barry Prizant’s annual Autism Symposium and SCERTS training, Ross Green’s Advanced Training on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model and other related autism and social emotional trainings.


When the world is going our way, it is easy for adults to model a positive conflict resolution approach. However, when challenges arise and the environment is stressful, what happens to our approach? Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive social and emotional intelligence program that empowers both the adult and child. Conscious Discipline helps adults to become conscious of their behavioral patterns so they can teach children how to learn and listen to their internal guidance system.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize that Conscious Discipline (CD) is a comprehensive self-regulation program that integrates social emotional learning, school culture and discipline.
  2. Describe the seven powers for conscious adults to help teachers see conflict differently and the seven basic skills of discipline that empower teachers to respond to conflict in a way that instills life skills. 
  3. Recognize that the CD consists of 3 components:
    • Safety through self-regulation
    • Connection through a compassionate culture called the School Family that embeds resiliency into classrooms
    • Problem solving through changing our perception and response to conflict and enhancing the development of executive skills.
  4. Explain specific structures, routines and rituals that can easily be incorporated to current programs that significantly impact adults and children.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • For information regarding education credits, please contact Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered

Registration Information

  • Program fee: $59
  • Online registration closes on Monday, October 15
  • Register online
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752.
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

Register online

To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.

Accreditation:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Credit Designation:  Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Psychologists:  Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.