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Addressing the Root Causes of Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: An Attachment-Based Relational Approach

Presented by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 9, 2024  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Thursday, May 9, 2024 – Thursday, May 9, 2024

8:30am – 4:00pm

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

Registration on this page is for live in-person attendance only. To attend virtually please register here: https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/practical-intervention-strategies/

Live In-Person Workshop or Live Stream from Home

  • This conference will be live streaming from Calgary, AB to online participants on May 9, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm MT
  • Recorded footage and all course content will be available until June 10, 2024
  • Please allow 3 – 5 business days after the conference has ended for recorded footage to become available
  • In-person attendance does not include access to the recorded footage
  • More information & live stream registration: https://webinars.jackhirose.com/product/practical-intervention-strategies/

The escalating level of anxiety in our children begs for an explanation as well as a solution. Dr. Neufeld sheds light on this age-old problem, paving the way for natural interventions that can actually get to the root causes as opposed to just managing symptoms. This workshop brings a fresh and promising perspective to one of our most troubling and perplexing human problems. Although the focus is on children, this enlightening material will benefit anyone suffering from anxiety.

The time has finally come to be able to answer the problem of anxiety. What makes it possible now is that we currently have enough pieces of the puzzle to create a coherent picture: a mastery of attachment theory, an understanding of human vulnerability, a working knowledge of attention, and the discoveries of neuroscience. Possessing the pieces are not enough however. It takes a theorist’s mind to put the pieces together and a seasoned therapist’s wisdom to test this model against human experience. Dr. Neufeld has been uniquely positioned, not only to answer this question but also to understand the implications for our children. The resulting solutions are surprising, not in that they are counter intuitive but rather that they run counter to the prevailing practice. The focus of this workshop is the anxiety of our children and what we can do about this, both as a society and as the adults responsible for them. the dynamics and insights however apply to all ages.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Neuroscience of Anxiety

  • The key discovery here is of a complex and comprehensive human alarm system

Anxiety, Attachment & Vulnerability

  • To discover what alarms us, we need to go to the science of attachment and redefine our understanding of human threat – that of facing separation in all its various forms

Working Model of Anxiety

  • Understanding where obsessions and compulsions come from and outlining seven classical themes in our anxieties

Addressing Anxiety

  • Six surprising solutions are described for reducing the anxiety in our children

Learning Objectives

  • The anatomy and working model of the human alarm system
  • How to recognize anxiety in all its various manifestations
  • An updated and insight-based working definition of anxiety
  • Why anxiety is increasing in our children
  • Why current discipline methods are alarming our children
  • Addressing anxiety without relying on medication
  • What parents and teachers can do to help their anxious children

Continuing Education Credits

Your Presenter(s)

Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 50 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. He is a father of five and a grandfather to seven.


“I have no words to express my appreciation to Gordon Neufeld and to Hirose for bringing this valuable, life-changing information. The material taught resonates professionally and personally too. Thank you!”
– Aliza Terris | Oakville, ON | May 15-17, 2017

“Fantastic presentation, informative and valuable for me personally and professionally. Gordon is brilliant and engaging. Very happy to have attended today.”
– Mike Van de Hengel | Oakville, ON | May 15-17, 2017


More information: www.neufeldinstitute.org

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: All education and mental health or healthcare professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers • All other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Call: Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates“. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888.


Select King Room: $139.00 plus tax
Select 2 Queen Room: $139.00 plus tax


Select 2 Queen Room: $179.00 plus tax

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours. If you are booking guest rooms through third-party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $289.00 $309.00
Group 3-7 $269.00 $289.00
Group 8-14 $249.00 $269.00
Group 15+ $229.00 $249.00
Full-Time Student $229.00 $249.00
Individual Enrollment $289.00 $309.00
Group 3-7 $269.00 $289.00
Group 8-14 $249.00 $269.00
Group 15+ $229.00 $249.00
Full-Time Student $229.00 $249.00
Attend Both Events and SAVE!
Individual Enrollment $489.00 $509.00
Group 3-7 $469.00 $489.00
Group 8-14 $449.00 $469.00
Group 15+ $429.00 $449.00
Full-Time Student $429.00 $449.00

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD). Prices are per person.

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: April 25, 2024
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Thursday, April 25, 2024.

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