This is an On Demand course. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.
All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until July 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Registration will close on June 1, 2021.
Studies indicate that our children and youth have more troubles, get into more trouble, are more troubled, and can even be more troubling, than before. There certainly are more labels as well as less reticence about using them. With each new label, we create yet another cadre of experts with their label-specific advice. Could it be that this explosion of fragmented information has actually blinded us to a common cause at the core of all these troubles? Might it be that our focus on symptoms and syndromes has eclipsed a simpler and singular reality that holds the key to understanding and to intervention?
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. These insights also help to bring troubled kids back into the hands of those directly responsible for their care and education, with helping professionals where available to guide the way.
This approach to troubled kids is Dr. Neufeld’s synthesis and distillation of the relevant theory and research, honed by 45 years of clinical practice involving troubled children and youth. This insight model provides a refreshing alternative to the more common behavioural and cognitive approaches, as well as to the medical ‘disease’ or ‘disorder’ approach. The attachment-based developmental approach has clear and practical implications for parenting, education and treatment, regardless of one’s arena of involvement and venue of application. This approach also applies to adults, as the dynamics of trouble are the same.
The six hour course is divided into four sessions of about 1.25 hours each, plus curated Q&A sessions.
Session One – The Hidden Stories of Troubled Kids
Beneath the diverse symptoms of troubled kids are three common stories, typically eclipsed by our focus on behaviour and diagnoses. These are not the expected stories of troubling events and adverse childhood experiences, but rather of what is missing in their emotional lives. In this session we explore a significant stuckness that lies at the root of most troubling symptoms and the common theme that permeates throughout.
Session Two – Problems Rooted in Primal Emotion
In this session we flesh out Walter Cannon’s fight-flight reaction to stress to uncover the three primal separation emotions that lie at the root of most troubling symptoms. We explore the underlying emotional conditions that give rise to troubled symptoms, paving the way with understanding to correct this condition.
Session Three – Problems Rooted in Basic Instincts
In this session, a multitude of diverse manifestations are traced to two very basic but little-understood attachment instincts – displacement and counterwill. In addition, we uncover boredom not only as the experience most troubled kids have in common, but also as providing some clues to a natural cure given a supportive culture.
Session Four – Reaching the Hearts of Troubled Kids
Based on a foundation of understanding and equipped with the conceptual keys to make sense of troubled kids, we explore ways to make a difference in the lives of troubled kids, regardless of the nature of our involvement with them.
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, and Early Childhood Educators.
Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.
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