What Others Are Saying


“Only a few decades ago, scientists considered the brain to be fixed or ‘hardwired’ and considered most forms of brain damage, therefore, to be incurable. Dr. Doidge, an eminent psychiatrist and researcher, was struck by how his patients’ own transformations belied this and set out to explore the new science of neuroplasticity by interviewing both scientific pioneers in neuroscience, and patients who have benefited from neurorehabilitation. Here he describes in fascinating personal narratives how the brain, far from being fixed, has remarkable powers of changing its own structure and compensating for even the most challenging neurological conditions. Doidge’s book is a remarkable and hopeful portrait of the endless adaptability of the human brain.” 
— Oliver Sacks, M.D. Author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat.


“Doidge’s book is filled with compelling stories about the power of ingenious technologies and disciplined awareness methods generated by innovators who transcended their own brain challenges, and who now use them to help others make radical improvements in conditions often deemed hopeless. It points to a future of remarkable and unprecedented brain healing.”
—Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, neurologist, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital, and author of The Autism Revolution


“The Brain’s Way of Healing is a stunner — the sort of book you want to read several times, not because it is difficult to understand, but because it opens up so many novel and startling avenues into our potential to heal. Norman Doidge enthralls us with a rich combination of lucidly explained brain research and pioneering new (and some not so new, but not widely known) approaches to recovery.”
—Bessel van der Kolk, MD


“Brilliant and highly original…. The book is a treasure-trove of the author’s own deep insights, and a clear bright light of optimism shines through every page.”
—V.S. Ramachandran, MD, PhD, Neurologist, Neuroscientist, and author of The Tell-Tale Brain, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego

“Stunning . . . The Brain’s Way of Healing is another groundbreaking book by Norman Doidge. His style keeps you going into the deep dark secrets of how the brain works. . . [H]is reframing of remarkable treatments that I had categorized as gimmicky left me fascinated and humbled. He brings a whole new level of insight into the body, brain, mind connection.”
— John J. Ratey, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and author of Driven to Distraction

About the Presenter


Norman Doidge, MD, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist, and poet.  He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and research faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York.  He has received numerous scientific awards, including the U.S. National Psychiatric Endowment Award in Psychiatry, the American Psychoanalytic Association’s CORST Prize in Psychoanalysis and Culture, the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association’s M. Prados Prize, and election to the American College of Psychoanalysts for many outstanding achievements in psychiatry and psychoanalysis and national leadership in psychiatry.  He has presented at the U.N., the White House, Yale, the London School of Economics, the Genoa Science Festival, a Harvard-MIT conference on Learning and the Brain, the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, and the Beijing Institute of Neuroscience.  His two books, The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing, are both New York Times bestsellers, and both have been made into documentaries. 

Accommodations 


The BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $119 + taxes.  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until October 18, 2018. For reservations, call 1-877-788-8818 or 519-275-2936 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit www.visitstratford.ca

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Instructor: Dr. Norman Doidge, MD
Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $419 CAD + 13% HST (=$473.47) by Oct 18, 2018
Regular Cost: $459 CAD + 13% HST (=$518.67) after Oct 18, 2018
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.77 USD (as of March 7, 2018 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 15, 2018  at 4pm

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Registration
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Cancellation Policy


An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

For more information about Dr. Norman Doidge and his work, visit:  www.normandoidge.com

Clinical Applications of Neuroplasticity


November 19-20, 2018, 9:00am - 4:30pm

​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

​This workshop, based on the best-selling books The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing, draws on revolutionary research and extraordinary advances in the field of neuroscience to illuminate the amazing extent to which the brain is able to change and heal.  Dr. Doidge weaves together scientific research, case histories, his own insights, and original films of real people undergoing neuroplastic change, to explain how we can apply these findings in clinical practice – and to help clients/patients with a range of emotional, psychological, psychiatric and  brain disorders to achieve a level of recovery that was once thought impossible.

Dr. Doidge will discuss neuroplastic approaches and new treatments for a range of conditions, including ADD, learning disorders, autism, sensory processing disorders, PTSD, depression, schizophrenia, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s disease and dystonias, among others. He will also explore how to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and will present findings about a monumental breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease  which shows, for the first time, that it is possible (in a number of cases) to reverse the symptoms.

This innovative workshop will inspire and offer hope about the possibility of overcoming previously baffling mental and physical conditions. Even better than that, it will explain how to use the principles of neuroplasticity to improve (in many cases) – and in some cases even cure - these conditions, so that we can better help our patients/clients, our loved ones and ourselves.


Topics Covered:

  • How neuroplasticity informs our understanding of what goes wrong in a range of mental health problems, brain damage, disease, and disorder
  • The five stages of neuroplastic healing and how to determine which stage needs clinical attention in clients
  • The “Plastic Paradox”: how certain conditions such as addiction, bad habits, defense mechanisms, chronic pain, dystonias, PTSD and OCD, are caused by the brain’s plasticity going awry, and clinical strategies to remedy this
  • New non-invasive treatments for a range of disorders
  • How mental experience, activity, and sensory stimulation can alter or develop brain structure and function
  • Recent advances in the neuroscience and neuroplasticity of left/right hemisphere differences and how to integrate these insights to improve psychotherapy
  • How neuroplastic approaches can help clients who are rigid, concrete, or lacking self-reflective capacity
  • How to preserve brain plasticity

 **Please note that an Eventbrite fee is added when registering online  and paying by credit/debit/paypal.  To avoid this fee, register using one of the below options

                     Bold, remarkable . . . paradigm challenging. The Brain’s Way of Healing is brilliantly organized, scientifically documented, and a beautifully written narrative that captivates the reader, who is left with the profound message that the brain, similar to other organs, can heal.”

—Stephen W. Porges, PhD
Psychologist and Author of  The Polyvagal Theory