Neufeld’s Traffic Circle of Frustration & Resilience and the Stress Response

Presented by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours | Approved for CEU’s


This workshop is on-demand, content will be available immediately after purchase.

Footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until November 4, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Registration will close on October 28, 2024. 

Neufeld’s Traffic Circle of Frustration: A Revolutionary Approach to Aggression, Depression and Suicide (3 Hours)

We all get frustrated, as this primal emotion is automatically evoked when something – anything for that matter – doesn’t work. There are several indicators that the groundswell of frustration is rising. This powerful emotion can be experienced in many ways and have a myriad of outcomes. Included in the array of emotional outcomes are compulsions regarding change, attacking impulses, suicidal impulses, aggression, and even frustration-based depression. Frustration can also result in healthy change and inner transformation. Dr. Neufeld will help us walk through the traffic circle of frustration in a way that benefits all. Given the critical importance of developing a healthy relationship with frustration, we should all be ready to serve as traffic directors when needed.

Resilience and the Stress Response: Addressing Emotional Stuckness and Trauma (3 Hours)

New understandings reveal that there is much wisdom to the stress response. Rather than focusing on dysfunction, we should begin by appreciating how our brains are brilliantly programmed to not only summon the strength required to deal with distressing situations, but to also serve as an emotional first-aid response. The problem is not with the stress response per se, but when the stress response is not followed in a timely fashion by its partner, the resilience response. We will be much more effective in our interaction with distressed children, youth and students if we first come alongside how their brains are trying to take care of them, and from this stance, proceed to help the stress response become unstuck.

Neufeld’s Traffic Circle of Frustration: A Revolutionary Approach to Aggression, Depression and Suicide

  • Understanding the underlying roots of aggression and depression
  • Appreciating the key role that frustration is meant to play in our lives
  • Recognizing when pivotal feelings are missing that need restoring
  • Knowing the symptoms, signs and challenges when frustration gets stuck
  • Making sense of why some of our current behaviour management approaches backfire
  • Knowing how to direct traffic when frustration needs to find an outlet

Resilience and the Stress Response: Addressing Emotional Stuckness and Trauma

  • Updating an understanding of the stress response through the lenses of attachment and emotion
  • The ability to differentiate between the two kinds of strength that is often associated with resilience
  • An appreciation of what has to bounce back for emotional health and well-being
  • An understanding of the wisdom of the stress response and how to come alongside it
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.

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 50 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. He is a father of five and a grandfather to seven.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$269.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

Group rates and student discounts are available. Please contact for more information.

  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits

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