RTP LeadershipTraining Opportunity for 2021


RTP Practitioners,

 People who attend our RTP workshops like to share their RTP practices with colleagues and we believe these conversations are valuable. Our intention is to incorporate opportunities for discussion and for responding to questions again this year. So bring your questions and examples to share and discuss. As always we consider the most important aspect of our training is to protect the integrity of RTP® by ensuring a tight alignment of RTP® practice with Perceptual Control Theory (PCT). 

This year besides responding to specific requests for training from schools or groups of schools we will offer one workshop, ‘Leading RTP in Your School 2021’ that will be conducted over two days in Brisbane:

 “Leading RTP in Your School 2021” – 2-days specifically for members of leadership teams in your schools, at Prince of Wales Hotel, Nundah in Brisbane on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 May 2021 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Cost $600.00 per person. Covid safe plans will be in place.

This workshop will focus on:

  • Beliefs about RTP
  • The application of RTP in schools, limitations, attitudes
  • Leadership and RTP
  • Unpacking Goal setting, Conferencing and Negotiating Plans, Monitoring Plans, Working with Frequent Flyers including Quality time
  • How does PCT apply to RTP? Learning and reorganisation
  • Working with people, conflict, roles, responsibility
  • School data processes
  • Personal reflection and goal setting, group work, problem solving, monitoring RTP

Please let us know if you and/or your team are interested in attending. Specific details, names, positions of participants and special dietary requirements can follow; we just need to know if we have the numbers to confirm booking and participants from outside Brisbane can book flights and accommodation. Parking is available in the hotel car park but rail to Nundah station is a good option. Prince of Wales Hotel has accommodation and is reasonably priced. Book early as POW is conveniently located about 10-15 mins from airport and is popular with overnight travellers.

We look forward to working with you again this year and to welcoming people new to RTP.

 Glenn, Chris and Jean


Glenn Vaughan:          glennvaughan19@gmail.com

Christine Mellor:        mellor.christine@gmail.com

Jean Knight:                 jean.knight5@bigpond.com


RTP in brief:

To function effectively, we have to examine our beliefs and values, create and articulate effective standards and then use them to guide us when we have to make decisions. Real problems occur when we are faced with a dilemma and we haven’t really set forth any standards. The more our standards reflect our own internal worlds, the more our choices will be consistent with what we want. ( Edward E. Ford, Freedom from Stress)

This process was developed by Edward E. Ford and is called The Responsible Thinking Process (RTP)®. It is based on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT), (See section titled About Perceptual Control Theory).

A school discipline program that is radically different from other classroom management programs, classroom discipline programs or school behavior management programs.
Fundamentally, the Responsible Thinking Process, properly used, provides opportunities for educators and parents to teach students how to look within themselves, decide how they want to be, and restructure their own lives so they can get what they want without infringing on the rights of others. (Ed Ford)

RTP is a process that teaches respect for others by fostering responsible thinking.

What brings about the growing belief in students that they can make things better for themselves? What promotes change within another person, and what makes change possible?

First, it is the belief that someone cares, that someone really respects you and is willing to work with you until you can succeed.

Second, it is the belief that somehow it is possible to succeed, to make things better, and to resolve our internal conflicts.

The Responsible Thinking Process®, if properly used, is designed to teach educators how to teach students to develop a sense of responsibility for their own lives and to respect the lives of everyone around them.

This unique classroom discipline process is both non-manipulative and non-punitive. It creates mutual respect by teaching students how to think through what they are doing in relation to the rules of wherever they are. This gives students personal accountability for their actions.

The key component of this classroom discipline process is its focus on how students can achieve their goals without getting in the way of others who are trying to do the same thing. In short, it teaches students how to respect others.

Dear Educator.. What are your students learning from the discipline program at your school ?



WARNING: Some are claiming to teach RTP but are neither authentic nor qualified.

 In the U.S., Australia, and in other countries, there are some educators claiming to teach RTP and some schools claiming to use RTP, that are not authentic.

Also, if a person were to give a presentation on RTP without permission, they would be in violation of the Lanham Act.

Responsible Thinking Process® and RTP ® are registered trademarks of The Responsible Thinking Process Pty Ltd.

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