Neufeld-Hirose Conference: Towards Flourishing Children & Youth

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Presented by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A., Deborah MacNamara, Ph.D., and Tamara Strijack, M.A.

Live Streaming on November 6 - 8, 2023


Up To 18 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s



This virtual conference will be a live stream of a live in-person conference being held in Saskatoon, SK. If you would like to attend live in-person please register here:

This conference will be live streaming from Saskatoon, SK to online participants on November 6 – 8, 2023 from 8:30am – 4:00pm CST.
This course is streaming live out of Saskatoon, SK beginning at 8:30am CST (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone. 

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 6, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 1 – 3 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.

Registration will close on November 26, 2023. 

A Message from Dr. Neufeld

We all want our children and students to thrive – to become all they were meant to be, despite the challenges they may face. But how is this to be accomplished? What conditions are required for optimal functioning? What experiences are essential to the unfolding of human potential regardless of the circumstances that may exist.

There could not be a more timely and important subject to address as the answers to flourishing are also the answers to mental health and well-being – the pressing topics of the day. And the current news is not good as the mental health of our children has been disintegrating so significantly that many experts have declared this an unprecedented crisis. In addition, learning and behaviour problems have also been increasing of late.

We will be addressing this important issue from a number of different angles, with each perspective adding to the understanding necessary to make a significant difference. It only makes sense that emotional health and well-being should become our collective priority, whether it be at home, at school, or at work.

This conference is a fundraiser for the Neufeld Institute and the offspring of a collaborative effort between Jack Hirose of Jack Hirose and Associates and Dr. Gordon Neufeld of the Neufeld Institute – a worldwide charitable organization delivering developmental science to those responsible for our children. The Neufeld Institute is deeply grateful for all who have extended themselves to make this event a success.

The three-day conference will consist of twelve presentations in total, with each day consisting of a morning and an afternoon block with two options each. The format will allow for sufficient immersion into the material without becoming too overwhelmed with input. The topics have been carefully chosen for the consistency of the approaches, the insights they provide, and the practical suggestions they offer.

We hope you will be able to join us for a learning experience that couldn’t be more significant or beneficial to the children in our care.


Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.
Clinical & Developmental Psychologist


Attend More and Save! 1 Day enrollment $269.00, 2 day enrollment $469.00, 3 day enrollement $669.00 + tax

Fees are per person, seat sharing is not allowed. Please respect this policy, failure to comply will result in termination of access without a refund. For group rates please contact

Workshop Options

Day One Morning 8:30am – 11:45am: 

Workshop #1: Towards Flourishing Children: Answering the Four Irreducible Needs of a Child | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Workshop #2: The Neuroscience of Flourishing: How the Brain Works & What It Needs to Work | PRESENTED BY Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A.

Day One Afternoon 12:45pm – 4:00pm: 

Workshop #3: Making Sense of Attention Problems | PRESENTED BY Deborah MacNamara, Ph.D.

Workshop #4: Neufeld’s Traffic Circle of Frustration: A Revolutionary Approach to Aggression, Depression & Suicide | PRESENTED BY Tamara Strijack, M.A.


Day Two Morning 8:30am – 11:45am: 

Workshop #5: Resilience & The Stress Response: Addressing Emotional Stuckness Including Trauma | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Workshop #6: Making Sense of Today’s Feeding & Eating Problems | PRESENTED BY Deborah MacNamara, Ph.D.

Day Two Afternoon 12:45pm – 4:00pm: 

Workshop #7: The Vital Role of Emotional Playgrounds in Flourishing: From Toddlerhood To Elderhood | PRESENTED BY Tamara Strijack, M.A.

Workshop #8: Shielding the Vulnerable: How to Protect Their Hearts & Minds | PRESENTED BY Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A.


Day Three 8:30am – 11:45am:

Workshop #9: Disordered and Troubled Attachments & The Current Youth Mental Health Crisis | PRESENTED BY Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

Workshop #10: Towards Flourishing in Adolescence: Special Challenges in Helping Teens Navigate Their Emotional World | PRESENTED BY Tamara Strijack, M.A.

Day Three Afternoon 12:45pm – 4:00pm: 

Workshop #11: Managing Behaviour Without Rewards | PRESENTED BY Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A.

Workshop #12: When Feelings Go Missing: Moving Through Emotional Defense | PRESENTED BY Deborah MacNamara, Ph.D.


A Conference Tailored for Mental Health and Education Professionals at All Levels & Any Professional that Applies Behavioural Science to Practice

Mental Health Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all other mental health professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Education Professionals: All education 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 and all other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment$269.00N/A
Individual 2 Day Enrollment$469.00N/A
Individual 3 Day Enrollment$669.00N/A
Full-Time Student$609.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Group rates are available. Please contact for more information.

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