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Dr. Gordon Neufeld Addresses Teachers on 3 Timely Topics: Student Engagement, Student Well-Being and Teacher Stress

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2023  |  Vancouver, bc




Date & Location

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 – Tuesday, May 30, 2023

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Wosk Auditorium, Jewish Community Centre

950 W. 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC

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Workshop Description

We’ve asked Dr. Gordon Neufeld to respond to three issues that teachers have reported as most relevant to them at this time and provide participants with enough interaction time to process his presentations. He has enthusiastically embraced our challenge and come up with a plan. He will provide three one hour presentations to be interspersed with ample time for peer interaction and questions for Dr. Neufeld. His three topics will be student engagement, student well-being, and teacher stress.

The foremost concern of any teacher is how to engage their students. Unfortunately there has been a significant drop in student engagement since the pandemic, making teaching even harder than it used to be. Dr. Neufeld will be present on the five hidden keys to student engagement. A second issue is the emotional well-being of our students. The recent escalation in student diagnoses reveals a population who are increasingly troubled. Dr. Neufeld will share on how we can be more effective in reaching troubled kids. The third issue is the escalating burnout of teachers. Dr. Neufeld will talk about how teachers can turn their stress around.


Hidden Keys to Student Engagement

We typically depend upon our students having a modicum of curiosity, some capacity to learn from mistakes, and some ability to experience and process inner conflict. These natural human potentials have always been the processes by which our teaching translates into their learning. But what happens when these natural hooks for learning are missing? How then do we proceed? Teaching more or harder or longer doesn’t work. Changing the curriculum is a never-ending but also somewhat futile exercise. Dr. Neufeld will discuss two universal but relatively hidden keys to student engagement that will become increasingly important as our students become more difficult to engage.

Reaching Troubled Kids

Studies indicate that our students have more troubles, get into more trouble, are more troubled, and can even be more troubling, than before. There are also more labels than ever before as well as less reticence about using them. Could it be that this explosion of fragmented information has actually blinded us to a common cause at the core of all these troubles? We cannot effectively address problems we do not fully understand and making sense of troubled kids is where we must begin. Fresh insights regarding emotion and the brain have paved the way to seeing troubled kids with new eyes, thus opening doors for change that are full of possibility.

Turning Teacher Stress Around

Turning stress around is not easy. Managing the symptoms of stress can only take us so far as they do not alter the root dynamics. The role of a teacher not only demands that we have our wits about us, but also that we come across as having our act together, and are generous about what we have to offer our students. The key to turning stress around lies in understanding the nature and wisdom of the stress response as well as how it can become stuck when distressing circumstances don’t quickly resolve. Dr. Neufeld will discuss practical ways we can turn the stress response around, even when the distressing scenarios seem to be without end.


Workshop Topics:


Agenda & Learning Objectives

8:30 – 10:30 am  – One hour address on Student Engagement – followed by 30 minutes table interaction

MORNING BREAK

10:45 – 11:15 – Q&A with Dr. Neufeld

11:15 – 12:15 – One hour address on Reaching Troubled Kids

LUNCH BREAK

1:30  – 2:30  – Table interaction plus 30 minutes Q&A on RTK

AFTERNOON BREAK

2:45 – 4 pm – Address on Turning Teacher Stress Around


Learning Objectives

Hidden Keys to Student Engagement

We typically depend upon our students having a modicum of curiosity, some capacity to learn from mistakes, and some ability to experience and process inner conflict. These natural human potentials have always been the processes by which our teaching translates into their learning. But what happens when these natural hooks for learning are missing? How then do we proceed? Teaching more or harder or longer doesn’t work. Changing the curriculum is a never-ending but also somewhat futile exercise. Dr. Neufeld will discuss two universal but relatively hidden keys to student engagement that will become increasingly important as our students become more difficult to engage.

Reaching Troubled Kids

Studies indicate that our students have more troubles, get into more trouble, are more troubled, and can even be more troubling, than before. There are also more labels than ever before as well as less reticence about using them. Could it be that this explosion of fragmented information has actually blinded us to a common cause at the core of all these troubles? We cannot effectively address problems we do not fully understand and making sense of troubled kids is where we must begin. Fresh insights regarding emotion and the brain have paved the way to seeing troubled kids with new eyes, thus opening doors for change that are full of possibility.

Turning Teacher Stress Around

Turning stress around is not easy. Managing the symptoms of stress can only take us so far as they do not alter the root dynamics. The role of a teacher not only demands that we have our wits about us, but also that we come across as having our act together, and are generous about what we have to offer our students. The key to turning stress around lies in understanding the nature and wisdom of the stress response as well as how it can become stuck when distressing circumstances don’t quickly resolve. Dr. Neufeld will discuss practical ways we can turn the stress response around, even when the distressing scenarios seem to be without end.


Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

† 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.

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 45 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. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.

Testimonials

“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

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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

Granville Island Hotel

1253 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC

phone:  604.683.7373

website:  www.granvilleislandhotel.com

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Our rates:

To make a reservation, please call 604-683-7373.



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
THE ROOTS OF RESILIENCE AND OPPOSITION IN KIDS
Individual Enrollment $269 $289
Group 3-7 $254 $274
Group 8-14 $239 $259
Group 15+ $224 $244
Full-Time Student $224 $244
DR. GORDON NEUFELD ADDRESSES TEACHERS ON 3 TIMELY TOPICS
Individual Enrollment $269 $289
Group 3-7 $254 $274
Group 8-14 $239 $259
Group 15+ $224 $244
Full-Time Student $224 $244
Attend Both Events and SAVE!
Individual Enrollment $469 $489
Group 3-7 $449 $469
Group 8-14 $429 $449
Group 15+ $409 $429
Full-Time Student $409 $429

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

Early bird cutoff date: May 16, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, May 16, 2023.


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