The Active Parenting workshops were created by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., Betsy Gard, Ph.D. and
Marilyn Montgomery. They are mainly based on the theories of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs.
However, the work of some other important authors complement these programs, like Carolyn
Crowder, Ph.D., Dr. Thomas Gordon and Dr. Jane Nelsen.
Our Philosophy
Martha Portilla

Phone: (520) 647-4065
Alfred Adler

(February 7, 1870 – May 28, 1937) was an
Austrian medical doctor, psychotherapist, and
founder of the school of individual
psychology. He stated that the responsibility
to the optimal development of the child is not
limited to the Mother or Father but to
teachers and society more broadly. Adler
argued, therefore, that teachers, nurses,
social workers, and so on require training in
parent education in order to complement the
work of the family in fostering a democratic
Quote: "The educator must believe in the
potential power of his pupil, and he must
employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil
to experience this power."
Rudolph Dreikurs

(February 8, 1897, Vienna - May 25, 1972,
Chicago) was an American psychiatrist and
educator who developed psychologist Alfred
Adler's system of individual psychology into a
pragmatic method for understanding the
purposes of reprehensible behaviour in children
and for stimulating cooperative behaviour
without punishment or reward. He suggested
that human misbehavior is the result of feeling a
lack of belonging to one's social group. His
overall goal was that students would learn to
cooperate reasonably without being penalized or
rewarded because they would feel that they are
valuable contributors to the classroom.
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