Keeping Children Safe in a Wounding World: A Fresh and Surprising Approach

New! Filmed Summer 2020

Presented by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D.

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6 Hours  |  Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


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 June 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 1, 2021.

There is certainly a growing consciousness within our society that emotional well-being is at the heart of the matter with regards to the realization of potential for our students, whether this be for learning, maturation, fulfillment or ultimately for healthy integration into society. At the same time there is growing evidence that our children are in trouble emotionally with stress levels measuring even higher than in previous times of war or instability. Anxiety and aggression are increasing and suicidal ideation continues to climb. Somehow their world has become a more wounding place with no obvious circumstances to blame. There is a growing commitment to keeping our students and children safe but little understanding of how to do this. Battling societal symptoms such as bullying and discrimination is not only costly but ultimately futile as well. Trying to get children and youth to be more sensitive to each other, although well-meaning, has not delivered the hoped for results. With less and less control over the circumstances of their lives, how can we possibly keep our children and students safe, especially in an increasingly wounding world? What are the factors that put children at risk and how can we recognize when they are in trouble?

We certainly cannot effectively address a problem we do not understand. As a leading articulator of developmental science, Dr. Neufeld puts the puzzle pieces together to reveal the nature of today’s increased emotional vulnerability among children. With new understandings of emotion, attachment, and the impact of wounding, he makes sense of what is happening and opens doors for change. The solutions are surprisingly accessible as well as achievable, once understood.

Dr. Neufeld’s life’s work has been to make sense of children to the adults responsible for them, in the hopes that this will lead to providing the conditions that are conducive to the unfolding of their full human potential. His insights have been sought by parents, educators and helping professionals all over the world.

The six hour course is divided into five sessions of approximately 1.25 hours each, plus a curated Q&A session and an interview with Dr. Neufeld on the content of the material.

  • Session One – How the power to wound is a function of attachment
  • Session Two – How the pain of a wound is a function of feeling
  • Session Three – A ‘Shielding & Sanctuary’ approach to keeping children safe
  • Session Four – A comparison of approaches and their effectiveness to keeping children safe
  • Session Five – The (near total) Eclipse of Sadness
  • Session Six – Q & A
  • why today’s children are more emotionally vulnerable
  • what are the primary sources of wounding for today’s children
  • why today’s children are more likely to stuck in situational reactions to wounding
  • the insidious impact of escalating peer orientation among students
  • why the digital world is such a wounding place
  • why children are increasingly trivializing, despite globalization
  • why children lose their feelings and the insidious impact of this loss
  • how aggression and anxiety are rooted in stuck reactions to wounding
  • the early warning signs of wounding too much to bear
  • how the wounded can become the wounders
  • why the cycle of wounding is escalating among students
  • the five steps to emotional maturation and how wounding interferes with this
  • why tilting against the wounding world is futile
  • how traditional interventions to wounding behaviour backfires
  • how we can protect the hearts of our children without controlling their circumstances
  • how we can use student-teachers relationships to foster emotional health and well-being
  • – how we can use emotional playgrounds to foster emotional health and well-being

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.

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.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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