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About

Kristen Baisden | School Psychologist

Kristen is passionate and dedicated to guiding parents and teachers of strong-willed, high energy, children achieve calm, confident, and consistent parenting/teaching skills. Kristen has been married for over 24 years. She has walked down the parenting path, facing moments of frustration, and bliss, with her two teenagers. She intimately knows how the skills that she has acquired over the years have changed her family, and has witnessed the transformation of thousands of her clients, as she successfully guides them down a similar path. Kristen calls upon her experiences as a parent, licensed and credentialed school psychologist, behavior interventionist, adjunct professor at California State University Sacramento, and an independent facilitator of Positive Discipline® curricula.

Kristen is a consultant for schools, parent groups, and mental health professionals. She has presented to PTA's, school districts, county offices of education, colleges, and churches, as well as community service organizations, at the local, regional, and national levels. Kristen's expertise in developing and teaching practical discipline strategies has been refined through her work with significantly challenged youth, in schools and community settings. She collaborates daily with school staff and parents to implement research-based interventions that promote positive behavioral, social/emotional, and academic outcomes for students.

Kristen utilizes a wide range of methods in assessing children's needs, designing appropriate interventions, and evaluating their effectiveness. Through her work with children with significant behavior difficulties, she has developed a pre-referral program for local school districts, used prior to students being referred for mental health services. Her pre-referral services include facilitating social skills groups, individual counseling, developing and implementing behavior intervention plans, as well as teacher and parent training classes.

 

As a behavior interventionist, her experience in dealing with extremely challenging students fuels her passion for training teachers and parents skills. Kristen also utilizes her Positive Discipline® techniques with students, by providing opportunities for the students to do the majority of the thinking, decision making, and problem-solving. Positive discipline is a more effective way to manage misbehaving children/students, rather than using punishment or rewards. It allows children/students to learn and adapt their behaviors to meet expectations in the home and classroom, while simultaneously teaching them how to make better choices in their path to adulthood.

 

Kristen is a much sought after speaker for classroom management and parenting related issues. Kristen's fun and interactive workshops, as well as her one-to-one mentoring programs, help clients diversify their portfolio of parenting/teaching skills. She is known for her lively and humorous, yet practical, approach to dealing with kids in today's fast-paced, complicated, and, often times, difficult world. Attendees laugh and learn from real-life stories that have a positive impact on the way that they parent and teach their children. Kristen's wide-ranging audiences include teachers, administrators, psychologists, social workers, mental health providers, parents, childcare professionals, probation officers, corrections staff, church congregations, law enforcement, and corporate executives. Attendees leave her workshops with ideas that can be implemented, successfully, the moment they walk into their homes or classrooms. Raças de Cachorros​

 Share control with children so they can develop skills to have power over their own life.

- Positive Discipline

My Mission

My mission is to create peaceful homes and classrooms by teaching Adlerian social and emotional life skills for respectful relationships. I would also like to educate, support, and empower parents and school staff to learn and apply positive discipline techniques, which will provide many opportunities for children to do the majority of the thinking, decision making and problems solving, and become responsible, respectful, and contributing members of society.

 

My Vision

My vision is an equitable, hopeful, diverse community in which every child feels included and valued, and people treat each other with dignity and respect.