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3 Day Intensive: The Science of Emotion in Banff

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

Monday, July 23, 2018 – Wednesday, July 25, 2018  |  , ,

Date & Location

Monday, July 23, 2018 – Wednesday, July 25, 2018

9:00am – 4:00pm

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

There is much focus today on emotion. Constructs like emotional intelligence, emotional self-regulation, emotional well-being and emotional social learning are being bandied about like never before. Emotion, long dismissed as a nuisance factor, is now confirmed to be at the core of development and well-being. Yet little is being taught about the nature of emotion or the implications for healing and treatment.  

New revelations about the nature of emotion have shed fresh light on the pivotal role of emotion in brain development, maturation, mental health, anxiety problems, behaviour problems, attention problems, addiction problems, resilience, recovery, and much more. In fact, most if not all the major diagnosis are found to have significant roots in the limbic system or emotional brain. When distilled to their essence, healing and adaptation are first and foremost emotional processes. In today’s world, given the lack of supportive culture, an understanding of the nature of emotion is now foundational to finding our way through to personal health and well-being, whether this be for ourselves or to foster it in others. 

This keynote and follow-up seminar is powerful in the insight it provides as well as the changes it inspires. To make sense of emotion is to make sense of us all. In providing a window to the inner workings of the emotional brain, we also become informed as to how to harness the power of emotion for healing and recovery. 


Topics Covered Include:

  • How to foster and restore emotional health and well-being
  • The role of the prefrontal cortex in emotional development
  • The six signs of a child in emotional trouble
  • Why emotional expression is necessary and what happens when it is thwarted
  • How emotion serves attachment and attachment serves survival
  • What keeps emotions from being felt and how to remove these impediments
  • How emotional eruptions are at the root of most problem behaviour
  • What the primal emotions are trying to fix and what happens if this doesn’t work
  • Why emotional expression must not adversely affect a child’s working attachments
  • The construct and purpose of emotional defense
  • How the capacity for mixed feelings develops and why this capacity is so important
  • How empathy, courage, patience and self-control are the fruit of healthy development and how these virtues can be fostered
  • How aggression and bullying stem from emotional problems
  • How impulsiveness can be cured developmentally
  • How to handle difficult feelings in children and ourselves
  • Why emotion can become depressed and how to reverse this process
  • What happens when feelings get hurt too much
  • How emotional balance is achieved developmentally
  • Why the pursuit of happiness doesn’t work
  • Why true play is necessary for emotional health and development
  • Why children need to learn the language of the heart and how this language can be taught
  • The role of emotional conflict in developing the capacity to reflect


Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Expression of Emotion

The first of the three laws of emotion is that emotion seeks expression. All emotions have a purpose that becomes thwarted when expression is denied or distorted. The two over-arching tasks of emotion are to bind us together and to grow us up.  Although expression is spontaneous, impediments can be encountered. The most serious impediment is when emotional expression adversely affects attachment.

Thwarted Expression

The adverse consequences of thwarted expression is discussed under five main topics: emotional dysfunction where emotion cannot do its work, distorted or displaced expression, depression as in flattened affect, failure to adapt to life circumstances, and troubling eruptions of emotion. The first challenge in dealing with problems rooted in emotion is to facilitate the expression of emotion without repercussion to a child’s working attachments.

Feelings and Hurts

The second law of emotion is that emotion seeks consciousness. Feeling is the conscious tip of emotion. The fundamental importance of feeling is explored. Major impediments to feeling include lack of emotional expression, lack of heart language, and emotional defendedness resulting from hurt feelings. Unfortunately many children lose their feelings with dire consequences for their functioning and development. Our challenge for such children is to help them get their feelings back.

Balance and Self-Control

The third law of emotion is that emotion seeks equilibrium, resulting in balance, stability and self-control. The mixing of emotions can only happen if emotion is first expressed and felt. The role of the prefrontal cortex is discussed as well as impediments to this spontaneous developmental process. Mixed feelings are explored as the prerequisite to courage, patience, empathy, reflection and self-control. The ultimate challenge for adults is to help children find their mixed feelings.

Five Steps to Emotional Health and Maturity

The five stages in emotional development are outlined, with the challenges for children and adults in each stage. The primary pitfall of well-meaning adults is to focus on the developmental outcome rather than the process by which children get there. When it comes to emotion, rewarding or focusing on the desired end result will actually backfire, often resulting in deeper emotional problems. The challenge when children are stuck is always to start at the beginning where root problems exist.

Viewing and treating troubling behaviours as emotional problems

Emotion has been eclipsed by such constructs as learning, discipline, disorder and even disease. Emotion has also been eclipsed by our focus on behaviour, reason and self-regulation. Only when we begin to reframe problems in the language of emotion can we find a way through. Various problems are looked at to illustrate the issues involved, including attention problems, anxiety problems, bullying and aggression.

Learning Objectives

  • To cultivate an appreciation of the pivotal role of emotion in development, perception and behaviour
  • To develop a language of emotion that can be used to reframe problems, lead to solutions, and provide access to intuition
  • To understand how emotional development unfolds, so as not to get caught in a battle against symptoms or sabotage the process by pushing for results
  • To be aware of the overall purpose of emotion as well as the purpose of individual emotions
  • To build a working model of emotion that can be applied across situations
  • To outline the five stages of emotional development so healthy maturation can be fostered
  • To be able recognize and address the emotional roots of behaviour problems

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • 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 Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • 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.



“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


“Helped me gain more knowledge about my students, the people around me and myself.”
– Carmen Azzopardi | Oakville, ON | May 15-17, 2017


“Thank you, and yes, you are changing the world. Maybe not as fast as you want, but you changed my world this week, and you can be sure that I will be using what I’ve learned to change the lives of many others!”
– Stephanie John | Oakville, ON | May 15-17, 2017


This was a wonderful workshop, presented with clarity, simplicity and yet, good depth for awareness and understanding. I felt so encouraged by Dr. Neufeld’s way of cutting through the mental health rhetoric and greatly empowered by his focus on relational and instinctive approaches. Thank you!”
– Vancouver, BC | Feb 27-March 1, 2017


More information: www.neufeldinstitute.org

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students 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, Police Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.


Recommended Accommodation

Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB

phone:  403.762.4433

website:  www.banffparklodge.com

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

July 15 – 18, 2018
July 22 – 25, 2018

Superior Room: $225 + tax
Jacuzzi Suite: $285 + tax
Executive Lodge or Parlour Suite: $345 + tax

To make a reservation, please call 800.661.9266 and refer to the Jack Hirose & Associates group rate.

*Please book early to reserve your space! This workshop takes place during Banff’s high season, ALL recommended accommodation will sell out. 

The Banff Lodging Company offers a 10% discount at their sister properties. Bookings must be made a minimum of 45 days prior to the event.  All bookings are based on availability at time of booking.

10% Discount:

  • Moose Hotel & Suites
  • Inns of Banff
  • Bumpers Inn
  • Rocky Mountain Resort
  • Tunnel Mountain Resort
  • Hidden Ridge Resort
  • Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
  • Banff Ptarmigan Inn
  • Fox Hotel & Suites

More information at www.bestofbanff.com



Banff Lodging Company – Call 800.563.8764 reference the “Jack Hirose & Associates Group Rate #2234857”.

Alternate Options (no discount/ not affiliated):

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 $619 $639
Group 3-7 $599 $619
Group 8-14 $579 $599
Group 15+ $559 $579
Full-Time Student $559 $579

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

Early bird cutoff date: July 9, 2018
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Monday, July 9, 2018.

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