Six years after SGU faculty member Dr. Barbara Landon began teaching and popularizing Conscious Discipline in Grenada, Dr. Becky Bailey, developer of the award-winning program and one of Dr. Landon’s mentors, has visited the Spice Isle, donating her time to the growing Saving Brains program in Grenada.
Dr. Bailey, an award-winning author and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology, is in Grenada from January 28 to February 4 to share her expertise with parents, teachers, caregivers, and other interested members of the public in a series of workshops. Traveling with Dr. Bailey, Mindy Becker, a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, Parent and Professional Coach, will provide training in infant and toddler development as well as consult with the Grand Anse Playgroup, SGU’s early childhood center.
“It has been a dream of mine to host Dr. Bailey on campus since I started teaching Conscious Discipline in Grenada,” said Dr. Landon. “I think it’s an incredible opportunity to learn more about Conscious Discipline directly from Dr. Bailey. There is simply no better source to learn from. She is a brilliant and dynamic presenter, and her coming to Grenada provides us with a terrific opportunity to publicize the efficacy of her program.”
Dr. Bailey’s and Ms. Becker’s time will be spent working with Conscious Discipline Paraprofessionals, who are part of the Saving Brains and Roving Caregivers programs, travelling to local communities conducting educational infant stimulation exercises and fostering and supporting attachment between children and their parents and caregivers. As a Bioethics Visiting Professor, Dr. Bailey will also lecture at St. George’s University on the ethical imperative to help children reach their potential.
Dr. Bailey’s visit has been highly anticipated by the growing Conscious Discipline family in Grenada. “Dr. Bailey is such an inspirational person,” said Stephanie Holmes, Project Manager for the Saving Brains program. “Her visit is really going to inspire and motivate the Roving Caregivers.”
In Grenada, where corporal punishment in homes and schools is the norm, Conscious Discipline offers a healthy alternative for parents. “Discipline isn’t something you do to children; it’s something you develop within them,” said Dr. Bailey. “Conscious Discipline is a shift from ‘do as I say, not as I do’ to ‘be the change you want to see in the world.’ This shift is not a small one to be made overnight, but a lifelong journey to be taken one step at a time.”