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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.

Included in this three-day course will be an examination of the surprising role of play with regards to emotion and the implications of this relationship for how we view the therapeutic process.

This course 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
  • The role of play with emotion
  • The therapeutic nature of play


Banff Park Lodge Resort & Conference Centre

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day One: The Three Laws of Emotion

Dr. Neufeld distils the current scientific knowledge on emotion to three basic laws and discusses the implications of each of these laws for parenting and teaching as well as the treatment. This material is absolutely foundational to an understanding of human nature.


Day Two AM: The 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. The material applies to adults as well.


Day Two PM: Reframing Common Syndromes 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.


Day Three AM: How Play Serves Emotion in Children and Adults

Play and emotion appear the same time in evolutionary history and for good reason. It turns out that the primary role of play is to take care of emotion, and by extension, ourselves. Unfortunately our view of play has become hopelessly reductionistic so we start with outlining the six characteristics of true play in order to differentiate it from the many activities masquerading as play. We then look at six ways play serves emotion and the emotional playgrounds it requires to serve its role.


Day Three PM: The Role of Emotion and Play in Resilience and Recovery

The new science of play has uncovered its phenomenal healing power. We explore resilience and recovery as the handiwork of emotion supported by play. We also look at play as the secret active ingredient of therapy. The implications are profound not only for how to view healing but also for how to conduct therapy.

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
  • To appreciate how play is meant to serve emotion
  • To reframe the therapeutic process in terms of emotion and play

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.


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.


“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):

Banff Airporter Bus Discount Code: JHASAVE 15% Off
The Banff Park Lodge in the heart of the Alberta Rocky Mountains and does not have an international airport. For those coming from away, the best option is to fly into Calgary, Alberta, Canada (YYC) and rent a car or take the Banff Airporter (bus) to get to your hotel. The ride will take about two hours and you will enjoy a wonderful view of the mountains as you approach.

Receive a 15discount on the Banff Airporter’s shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and door to door service to your hotel in Banff. Click www.banffairporter.com/book. Proceed through the reservation and type – JHASAVE – in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. If have any questions you can call their toll free number 1.888.449.2901.

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.

Please review our Registration Terms and Conditions for information on our cancellation policy, payment policies, rebates, and more. You must agree to our Terms and Conditions to register for a workshop or conference.

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