Sunday, November 5th, 2017
MONTREAL CENTRE FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES & THE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT
PROUDLY PRESENT AN EVENING WITH DR. GORDON NEUFELD
PRESENTATION: HELPING CHILDREN AND YOUTH FLOURISH AT HOME AND SCHOOL
Dr. Gordon Neufeld
Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based 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 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.
Topic Summary: We all want our children and students to thrive – to become all they were meant to be. But how do we accomplish this? What conditions are required for a child to reach his or her full potential? What experiences are essential to the unfolding of human potential, regardless of the challenges a child may face? Dr. Neufeld will put the pieces together to reveal rather surprising answers to these basic yet important questions regarding human development. When children are facing special challenges, whether at home or at school, it is even more critical for parents and teachers to keep such essential information in mind.
Suitability: This talk is relevant to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, teachers, youth workers, and other professionals who work with children and youth.
Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
In Hold On to Your Kids, Dr. Neufeld and Dr. Maté explore the phenomenon of peer orientation: the troubling tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction–for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behaviour. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture. It provides a powerful explanation for schoolyard bullying and youth violence; it is an escalating trend that has never been adequately described or contested until Hold On to Your Kids. Once understood, it becomes self-evident–as do the solutions.