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Making Sense of Anxiety & Related Problems

Presented by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., author of Hold On To Your Kids

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Thursday, April 6, 2017  |  Calgary, ab

!  Important Notice:

The Earlybird Deadline has been extended to April 3, 2017.

Date & Location

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – Thursday, April 6, 2017

9:00am – 4:00pm

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

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

Session 1 – Neuroscience of Anxiety
The key discovery here is of a complex and comprehensive human alarm system. The anatomy of the alarm system is described along with how the alarm system is meant to work.

Session 2 – 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. A comprehensive understanding of attachment provides the insights required to make sense of what is happening on the neurobiological level. The third and final key to the puzzle however, it provided by vulnerability theory, as we realize that facing separation can be a vulnerability too much to bear.

Session 3 – Working Model of Anxiety
The insights are combined to create a working model of anxiety. The primary focus of this session however is understanding where obsessions and compulsions come from and outlining seven classical themes in our anxieties.

Session 4 – Addressing Anxiety
Six surprising solutions are described for reducing the anxiety in our children. These solutions are not surprising once anxiety is understood, but they are surprising in that they run counter to most prevailing ways of dealing with anxiety.

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

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 30 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. He is a foremost authority on child development, an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids), and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm.

Dr. Neufeld’s professional experience includes years of working with violent young offenders and thousands of consultations regarding youth with aggression problems. His personal experience includes having been a father to five adolescents of his own. Dr. Neufeld is not only a seminal theorist but also a seasoned therapist and an inspiring teacher.

Dr. Neufeld’s unique synthesis of the developmental literature and his exceptional ability to make children understandable has made him much in demand as a speaker. His style is dynamic, his approach is refreshing, and his effect is to affirm intuition. His insights are regularly sought by experts and media alike. Dr. Neufeld consistently receives outstanding ratings for his courses and seminars.

Because of his ability to make sense of complex problems, Dr. Neufeld is a much sought-after speaker. He gives over 40 presentations and educational seminars a year and has been invited to present at the following: First National Symposium on Bullying, Ottawa, 2002; Educational Symposium on the State of Education in Nagano, Japan, 2002; Focus Conferences on Violence, International Counselling Congress, Canadian Teacher’s Federation Symposium on Youth Violence, Educational Symposium in Portland, Oregon; and WONCA World Conference on Family Medicine.

Dr. Neufeld’s book Hold on to Your Kids with Dr. Gabor Mate was released by Knopf Canada in January, 2004 and has made several best-selling lists.



“Absolutely life changing course on all levels. This will not only greatly impact my work with children, families, and schools, but also my journey of self-growth and empower my skills as a parent and adult figure in many children’s lives.”
– Laura Rose, Cmn Therapist | Winnipeg, MB | June 1, 2016


“I buy into your philosophy, both as a parent and as a teacher. I have already ‘swam against the stream’ as an at-home parent of 11 years. I shall continue to live this philosophy and trust nature and love, love, love my own children and students.”
– Saskatoon, SK | May 16 – 17, 2016


“My first time hearing Gordon and it won’t be my last. Unbelievable, marvelous, and inspiring – it is a true privilege to be here. You are incredible and a true gift to the world – thank you so much for sharing your wisdom, thoughts, and perceptions. I’m taking so much away to not only help with my profession, but my own personal life. ”
– Calgary, AB | May 21 – 23, 2014


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

Executive Royal Inn Calgary

2828 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8T4

phone:  888.388.3932

website:  www.executivehotels.net/calgaryhotel

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

For January to December 2017

Rates valid Monday to Thursday:

Executive Queen – $124 + Tax

Standard King – $134 + Tax

Executive King – $154 + Tax

Rates valid Friday to Sunday:

Executive Queen – $104 + Tax

Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate. 

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited. 

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 $399 $419
Group 3-7 $379 $399
Group 8-14 $359 $379
Group 15+ $324 $344
Full-Time Student $324 $344
Individual Enrollment $229 $249
Group 3-7 $214 $234
Group 8-14 $199 $219
Group 15+ $179 $199
Full-Time Student $179 $199
3 DAY OPTION: Attend Both Dr. Neufeld Workshops and SAVE!
*Select 3 Day Option at registration
Individual Enrollment $599 $619
Group 3-7 $569 $589
Group 8-14 $549 $569
Group 15+ $499 $519
Full-Time Student $499 $519

For more information on Student Rates, click here

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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

Early bird cutoff date: April 3, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, April 3, 2017.

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