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Tired of punishment, yelling or time-outs, learn assertive and compassionate communication skills so that you:

Create warmer more satisfying relationships
Help children solve their own problems
Resolve parent/child conflicts more easily
Comfortably express your own concerns and unmet needs related to children’s behaviour.

Kathryn’s passion is helping parents to build more peaceful, loving relationships through improving their communication skills.

Dates: 4 x Sundays 11:00 am till 5:00 pm: 18 April, 2, 16, 23 May 2021.

Bookings are essential: contact Kathryn for enquiries – [email protected]

What parents say about the P.E.T. courses Kathryn teaches:

“It’s a life changing experience. Inspiring, encouraging, enlightening, supportive. Thank you, Kathryn!”
“Very practical support tools for both parenting and professional relationships. And an insight into myself at a quite profound level of deepening self-awareness.”
“This is the best thing I have done for my children since I became a mum.”

Kathryn is a teacher, certified coach and author. She has taught from early childhood to tertiary level, worked as an advisory teacher, co-ordinated a family support programme and written for parenting magazines in Beijing and Australia.

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Kathryn Tonges

Apr 18, 2021 - May 23, 2021

Sunshine Coast, QLD


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Kathryn Tonges

Kathryn Tonges

Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD

I began conducting 'Parent Effectiveness Training' courses in 1978 and have been deeply rewarded by seeing the positive transformations within families. I am filled with gratitude that the effective communication skills I learnt with P.E.T. have underpinned all the interactions with children and people in my life since then. My two sons are now parents and I am witness to their natural use of P.E.T. skills. In my teaching career I taught from early childhood to tertiary level focusing on Child Development and Communication Skills. Children, parenting, and effective communications became my passion. I lived in Beijing for seven years and conducted P.E.T. and BYB courses for expatriates as well as training expatriates to become P.E.T. instructors. I have written for parenting magazines in Beijing and Australia and blog for my website The Parent Within ( Whilst in Beijing I co-authored a book with P.E.T. Instructors I had trained, to help expatriate children cope with the changes in their life. Since returning to Australia in 2014 I have taken on the positions of State Executive Officer for ETIA Queensland and more recently President of ETIA Ltd. I am also a National Trainer of Instructors for ETIA Ltd. for P.E.T., B.Y.B., T.E.T. and Y.E.T. My passion to teach P.E.T. courses continues in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast as well as coaching parents individually.

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About ETIA

The Effectiveness Training Institute of Australia (ETIA) Ltd is a not-for-profit, community based organisation that is dedicated to making courses in communication and conflict resolution skills available and accessible to all people in Australia.

ETIA’s mission is to provide individuals with effective communication and conflict resolution skills to build connected, harmonious relationships.

Our inspiration and programs come from the late Dr Thomas Gordon who is the author and founder of Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) program and Gordon Training International (GTI).

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