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Neufeld Institute - Reflections on Autism and Hypersensitivity & Online Courses

Jun 21, 2018 jjamison
LATEST EDITORIAL
BY JULE EPP   

It was clear right from day one that there was something different about my son. He didn't have that dreamy, half-conscious look of most newborns. He was unusually alert and awake with intense eye contact. The nurses on the maternity ward were calling him "the little professor" or "Einstein". Others said, "he's an old soul". What was it they were seeing when they looked into his eyes? Over time this became clearer. 
 
Nursing him was only possible in the context of complete silence, as at any sound he would wrench away from me in alarm, turning his head to and fro, searching frantically for the source or alarm, while at the same time crying for the breast. When he finally calmed enough to find the breast again, he drank so desperately that he would get a stomach ache within minutes - long before he was actually satiated - and start screaming in pain. Once the pain receded, the hunger he experienced was so intense that the whole desperate process started all over again. Nursing became a never-ending story, so that it became almost impossible to leave the house (not that leaving the house was a pleasant experience anyway). A dog barking. Another baby crying. The sound of traffic. Everything was distressing to him. Even in the safety of our home, a sudden sound like a sneeze, a cough, or the telephone ringing would elicit an intense startle response and end in panicky screams. Vacuuming was, of course, out of the question. Inviting visitors over - especially Moms with their own babies making who- knows-what sudden sounds at any given moment - was a nightmare. Idyllic visions of taking my baby to massage courses or swimming classes receded quickly into the unthinkable. READ THE REST OF JULE'S EDITORIAL 

Jule will present a live one-day seminar, Autism & Play: Nature's Answer on 
July 28, 2018 in Parksville, BC. Visit our website for more information.
NEW ONLINE COURSE!
OFFERED BY GORDON NEUFELD, ASSISTED BY JULE EPP   

WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 10 AM - 12 PM PACIFIC
NOVEMBER 7, 9, 14 AND 16
RUNS FOR 4 SESSIONS, $125 pp

New understandings of how the brain works, when viewed through a comprehensive appreciation of attachment, human vulnerability and the developmental process, hold great promise for unraveling some of the most confounding mysteries of childhood. Evidence is mounting that the neurological condition of sensory overload may very well be the root cause and common denominator of a myriad of diverse manifestations and syndromes, including autism, some types of attention problems and even a form of giftedness. 
 
The huge diversity of symptoms results from both the degree of severity of the neurological condition as well as the domino effect on a child's attachments, emotions and resulting development. If understood and properly addressed, sensory overload issues can usually be compensated for and much of the secondary domino effect can be reversed. Dr. Neufeld will discuss the most promising interventions, including the cultivating of strong attachments, the priming of the human adaptive process, and the harnessing of true play as Nature's own remedial and corrective process.
 
This new course is being offered in a Scheduled Online Class format. Those unable to attend the live class due to scheduling conflicts may still participate by watching the recordings and submitting questions through a discussion forum.
Registration is now open for our fall online courses. We are offering a stellar line-up that includes the Intensive I and Intensive II, as well Dr. Neufeld's brand new course, Making Sense of HypersensitivityClick on each course icon for more information and to register.

With our online courses, individuals watch Dr. Neufeld's video material on their own, then come together for scheduled online classes led by our faculty. We have people from all over the world who participate in these online cohorts, providing a rich group experience.

NEUFELD INTENSIVE I:
MAKING SENSE OF KIDS

OFFERED BY NEUFELD FACULTY

THURSDAYS, STARTS OCT 4TH
10-11 AM PACIFIC
RUNS FOR 22 WEEKS, $600 pp
 
This Intensive provides the conceptual foundation of Dr. Neufeld's attachment-based developmental paradigm. Participants are equipped to use the constructs of attachment, maturation, and vulnerability to view children and their problems three-dimensionally and from this base of perceptive insight, to open doors for deep-rooted change.
 
Participants will learn to recognize the signs of stuckness, determine the causes of this condition, and get children unstuck. Course participants are also equipped to use a working model of attachment that can be applied to children of all ages and levels of challenge, to assess for the appropriate depth and development of attachment, and to employ strategies for cultivating a context of connection with the immature.
OFFERED BY NEUFELD FACULTY
 
THURSDAYS, STARTS SEPT 13TH
11:30 AM-12:30 PM PACIFIC
RUNS FOR 17 WEEKS, $750 pp
Most problem behaviour is rooted in instinct and emotion and is therefore unresponsive to conventional forms of discipline or behaviour management. Building on the prerequisite course, Intensive I, this course sheds light upon the profound impact of separation on a child's personality and behavior, with special attention given to the problems of aggression, resistance, oppositionality, bullying, distractability, impulsiveness, anxiety, alarm problems, alpha problems, attachment problems, and more. When the developmental antecedents are understood, the path to effective intervention becomes clear.

We are delighted to be offering this updated 2016 version of our Intensive II course, bringing in new understandings of the role of emotion and play.

POWER TO PARENT I:
THE VITAL CONNECTION
OFFERED BY TAMARA STRIJACK

TUESDAYS, STARTS OCT 16TH
10-11 AM PACIFIC
RUNS FOR 9 WEEKS, $200 pp
 
Part I of the 3-part Power to Parent series focuses on the child-adult relationship as the context for raising children. Parents and professionals learn how this relationship is meant to develop, what can go wrong, why parents must matter more than peers, how to cultivate a context of connection, how to win back one's child if need be, and more. Parents and professionals are also introduced to discipline strategies that are attachment-safe and developmentally friendly.

This parent education series offers a complete approach to parenting. Rather than dumbing parents down with prescriptive solutions and superficial strategies, this series truly informs and educates so that parents can become the true experts in their children's lives. The basic attachment and developmental needs of children are uncovered so that parents can become the answer to these needs. Challenging problems are explained in such a way that the root problems can be addressed.

HEART MATTERS:
THE SCIENCE OF EMOTION
OFFERED BY JULE EPP
 
MONDAYS, STARTS OCT 29TH
9-10 AM PACIFIC
RUNS FOR 7 WEEKS, $200 pp
 
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 parenting and teaching and treatment. 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 parents, teachers and helping professionals. 

*Campus members who have already completed the Neufeld Intensive I and II and want the opportunity for more in-depth study may qualify to take the advanced version of Heart Matters: The Science of Emotion that builds on the foundational material presented in the Intensives. Contact the course registrar for more info.

OFFERED BY GORDON NEUFELD
ASSISTED BY JULE EPP

WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS 
10 AM - 12 PM PACIFIC
NOVEMBER 7, 9, 14, 16
RUNS FOR 4 SESSIONS, $125 pp
 
Course description provided above.
 
Did you know we offer FREE RESOURCES on our website?

Relationship Matters is a two-hour public presentation by Dr. Neufeld 
filmed live at Vancouver's 
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.
 
Keys to Well-Being in Children & Youth is a write-up of an address by 
Dr. Neufeld delivered at the 
European Union Parliament in Brussels.
 
Roots of Attachment is a 1.5 hour recorded public webinar by Dr. Neufeld.
In case you are a planner by nature, here is a sneak peek at our online course line-up for January to June 2019.
  • Play 101
  • Play & Attachment (NEW course)
  • Play & Emotion (NEW course)
  • Intensive III: Becoming Attached (first online offering)
  • Making Sense of Preschoolers (with a special focus for ECEs)
  • Making Sense of Anxiety
  • Making Sense of Aggression (revised course)
Our fall newsletter will include scheduling details and registration links.
NOVEMBER 21-23, 2018    
 
Human resilience is remarkable. It is the ultimate good news story - that stress in itself is not the enemy and that we need not be brought down by the circumstances in our lives. After years of mistaken focus on the stress part of the equation, the focus is now on uncovering the keys that can unlock the amazing human potential to grow through adversity, to thrive under duress, and to bounce back from trauma.

Although participants may choose to enroll in one day, two days, or three days, the conference itself will be continuous in nature, building on the model and theoretical foundations that Dr. Neufeld will present on day one and two in the mornings. Seven of the senior Neufeld Institute Faculty will flesh out this model of resilience with day-to-day care-giving applications in mind for professionals and parents. Dr. Martin Brokenleg will add his wealth of experience and perspective on this subject. Through all three days, Maria LeRose will facilitate dialogue and discussion between both doctors and participants.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us in Winnipeg in November!   
SAVE THE DATE!

 

Please plan to join us for the Eleventh Annual Vancouver Neufeld Conference on March 1 & 2, 2019 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, BC. Registration will open in early December 2018.
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