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1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective & Happy Parenting

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Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
6 Hours 08 Minutes
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Mar 08, 2019
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“My child is out of control and never listens to anything I say”

“I’ve tried yelling, timeouts, that counting thing, and nothing works with my child”

“I’m so exhausted I don’t even know where to start with my child’s misbehavior”

How often do you hear complaints like this from a frustrated parent in your office? Stress from dealing with behavior problems related to ADHD, Autism spectrum, or ODD can aggravate depression, anxiety, impulse control disorders, marital discord, substance abuse, and a host of other psychological problems in parents. Clients wind up stuck in a cycle where ineffective parenting methods exacerbate behavior problems and the parent has no idea what to do.

Watch clinical psychologist and parenting expert, Thomas Phelan, PhD, as he teaches you how to incorporate 1-2-3 Magic (2 million copies sold) with even your most difficult families. This evidence-based, easy-to-learn method transforms difficult behavior and revolutionizes your treatment plans.

Imagine the feeling of success when that frustrated parent returns and tells you that what used to be an hour long argument with their child is now a problem solved within 30 seconds! Or that exhausted parent is now more energized because bedtime is no longer a struggle.

The formula for this success is straightforward: The plan is simple, it’s easy to learn, and it works. Don’t let the frustration, anger, and stress continue any longer for your clients - Sign up to become a Certified 1-2-3 Magic Trainer® today!



This online program is worth 6.25 hours CPD.



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1-2-3 Magic!

Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., is the author of numerous books, DVDs, and audios including 1-2-3: Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting, the 1-2-3 Magic Workbook, 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom, All About ADHD, and 1-2-3 Magic Teen. 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, Dr. Phelan has worked with children, adults and families for over 40 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association. He has also served on the boards of directors for both ADDA and CHADD, two national organizations for the parents of children with ADHD. Dr. Phelan was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame in 1997. His books have been translated into 25 languages.

Dr. Phelan has given more than 1,500 1-2-3 Magic seminars to parents, teachers, hospitals, support groups, mental health professionals, pediatricians, military installations and child psychiatrists. 1-2-3 Magic addresses child behavior management in a way that is practical, entertaining, and down-to-earth. 1-2-3 Magic is often referred to as a humorous look at parenting and a serious look at discipline.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nancy Joyner is the owner of Nancy Joyner Consulting, and she has an employment relationship with the University of North Dakota-Center for Rural Health. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Nancy Joyner is the President of Honoring Choices® North Dakota and is a member of the North Dakota Hospice Association, the North Dakota Cancer Coalition, and others. For a complete list, please contact


  1. Adapt the three fundamental parenting jobs for practical use in session.
  2. Demonstrate one simple method to get children to stop obnoxious behavior and improve client level of functioning.
  3. Articulate seven tactics for encouraging good behavior for purposes of client psychoeducation.
  4. Implement four strategies for strengthening parent/child relationships as they relate to clinical practice.
  5. Identify the Six Types of Testing and Manipulation to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  6. Determine how to apply 1-2-3 Magic to clients with different diagnoses and special needs.


What is the 1-2-3 Magic System?
  • Raise emotionally intelligent kids
  • Excellent preventive mental health
  • Avoid The Dangerous Assumption about children
  • Link between child discipline and marital satisfaction
The Neuroscience Behind the Success of 1-2-3 Magic
  • Research supporting 1-2-3 Magic
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Simplicity and rapid, substantial results reinforce compliance
  • The neuroscience of kids’ self-control
  • Unique behavior management technology
Building a Solid Foundation for Parenting
  • Automatic vs. deliberate parenting
  • Three crucial components for happy, healthy kids
  • The two biggest discipline mistakes
Controlling Obnoxious Behavior
  • Counting – it’s simple but not easy!
  • Techniques for problem situations
  • Strategies to overcome sibling rivalry, tantrums, pouting and lying
  • How to get kids onboard
Identify & Manage the 6 Types of Testing and Manipulation
  • Badgering
  • Temper
  • Threat
  • Martyrdom
  • Butter Up
  • Physical Tactics
Encourage Good Behavior
  • Positive routines and brain pathways
  • Up and out in the morning
  • Cleaning up and chores
  • Suppertime
  • Homework
  • Going to bed—and staying there!
Strengthening Parent/Child Relationships
  • Sympathetic listening and emotional attachment
  • The dangers of over-parenting
  • Real magic: One-on-one fun
  • Solve problems together
  • Human bonding, human brains, and child discipline
Training Problems
  • The No-Talking, No-Emotion rules and slipping
  • Involve other caretakers
  • Pre- and post-testing
  • Counting start behavior
  • Overfocus on counting
  • Omitting relationship strengthening
  • Differential diagnosis and special needs kids

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Educators
  • School Administrators
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 20


Kandy P

"Great sense of humor while teaching easy to use, parent friendly effective discipline for their kids."

Alisha G

"Great course!!"


"The is one the best presentations I have ever attended and I’ve been going to these for 37 years! Dr. Phelan is so personable and so informative and knows how to be very succinct in his delivery. He is a true gem in this field!"

Julie L

"love the simplicity, easy for parents to understand. Presentations somewhat fast"

Robert S

"excellent webinar"

Greer M

"Appreciated Dr. Phelan's presenter style with stories and humor"

Megan D

"Great course! "

Michelle E

"This was a great training; very engaging presenter. "

Constance Cotter W

"Excellent Course. Interesting with excellent examples for clinical practice. "

Sharon A

"Excellent parenting course."

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