Making Sense of Emotions: The Science of Emotions and Their Impact on Behaviour

Making Sense of Emotions: The Science of Emotions and Their Impact on Behaviour in Vancouver on 02 March 2016
Making Sense of Emotions: The Science of Emotions and Their Impact on Behaviour in Vancouver on 02 March 2016
02 March 2016, 0900 - 1600


There is much focus today on children’s emotions. 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 working with children and families. In this course, Dr. Neufeld does a brilliant job of putting the pieces together to make sense of emotion, revealing the emotional roots of many behavioural problems, and clarifying the challenges for helping professionals.


This material is absolutely foundational to an understanding of human nature. New revelations about the nature of emotion have shed fresh light on the pivotal role of feelings in play, brain development, discipline problems, attention problems, mental health issues and much more. In this course, 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 of children. Neufeld also outlines five basic steps to emotional health and development so adults can foster emotional well-being and get to the root of such problems as alarm, anxiety, agitation, aggression, impulsiveness, lack of empathy, bullying, and so on. This course is powerful in the insight it provides as well as the changes it inspires.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES - Objectives of the course include:

- 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

Your Presenter

Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 30 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. He is a foremost authority on child development, an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids), and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm.

Dr. Neufeld’s professional experience includes years of working with violent young offenders and thousands of consultations regarding youth with aggression problems. His personal experience includes having been a father to five adolescents of his own. Dr. Neufeld is not only a seminal theorist but also a seasoned therapist and an inspiring teacher.

Dr. Neufeld’s unique synthesis of the developmental literature and his exceptional ability to make children understandable has made him much in demand as a speaker. His style is dynamic, his approach is refreshing, and his effect is to affirm intuition. His insights are regularly sought by experts and media alike. Dr. Neufeld consistently receives outstanding ratings for his courses and seminars.

Because of his ability to make sense of complex problems, Dr. Neufeld is a much sought-after speaker. He gives over 40 presentations and educational seminars a year and has been invited to present at the following: First National Symposium on Bullying, Ottawa, 2002; Educational Symposium on the State of Education in Nagano, Japan, 2002; Focus Conferences on Violence, International Counselling Congress, Canadian Teacher’s Federation Symposium on Youth Violence, Educational Symposium in Portland, Oregon; and WONCA World Conference on Family Medicine.

Dr. Neufeld’s book Hold on to Your Kids with Dr. Gabor Mate was released by Knopf Canada in January, 2004 and has made several best-selling lists.

Who Should Attend

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 with behavioural challenges and complex learning needs including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers and Community Police Officers.

Parents: This workshop will help parents of worried or anxious child understand the nature of his/her difficulty.


Individual - Early bird $229 / Regular $249
Group 3-7 - Early bird $219 / Regular $239
Group 8-14 - Early bird $209 / Regular $229
*NEW* Group 15+ - Early bird $179 / Regular $199

- All groups must register online to receive the group discount. Register your group at:
- To be eligible for group rates, participants are not required to be from the same agency or school.
- Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).
- Early bird cutoff date: February 16, 2016
Session 1 – Expression of Emotion
Session 2 – Thwarted Expression
Session 3 – Feelings and Hurts
Session 4 – Balance and Self-Control
Session 5 – Five Steps to Emotional Health and Maturity
Session 6 – Viewing and treating troubling behaviours as emotional problems
Starting Price Per Person
179.00 CAD
Other Information
Norman Rothstein Theatre
950 W. 41st Avenue
Jewish Community Centre
Vancouver BC V5Z 2N7
( Community Center )

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