Many more children than in the past are being diagnosed with various learning and behaviour difficulties, and many have problems learning from negative experiences. Schools are also having to deal with an increasing incidence of bullying, which “zero tolerance” policies do not seem to be diminishing.
In this workshop, led by best-selling author Dr. Gabor Maté, participants will learn about the causes and underlying dynamics of the challenges faced by today’s children and adolescents — and therefore, by the adults tasked with nurturing and educating them. According to Dr. Maté, the most important feature of any approach to resilience needs to be the attachment relationship between children and the adults responsible for their care.
The concepts, principles and practical advice articulated in this workshop will empower parents, teachers and other adults who play a nurturing role, to be for children what nature intended: the true source of contact, security and warmth. This, in turn, will increase resilience in children by protecting them from becoming lost in the emotionally barren and culturally backward world of peer orientation.
The workshop is based on Dr. Maté’s books, including Hold on to Your Kids and Scattered Minds. In addition to didactic teaching, there will be generous time given for interactive dialogue with participants.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone who has an interest in increasing the resilience of children & youth including (but not limited to) parents and other caregivers, teachers and school staff, helping professionals who work with children and helping professionals who work with parents.
About the Presenter
Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.
The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.
His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers.