Workshop Description

Despite civilization's advances, the human mean streak is not going away. Bullies come in all ages and exist in all settings, including schools, playgrounds, marriages, workplaces and online. Unfortunately, most attempts to change the behaviour of bullies are at best ineffective and, most often, counterproductive.  This is because they do not address the underlying causes of what makes a bully in the first place.  

In this workshop, led by best-selling author and developmental psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld, participants will learn about the “bully syndrome” and its deep instinctive roots in the dynamics of attachment and vulnerability.  They will also learn why this behaviour is so immune to conventional means of intervention. The key to the bully's unmaking is to first understand how bullies are made. Once we understand this, our attempts to unmake them can be truly effective and long-lasting.  

The information from this workshop can be used to glean insight into particular bullies, to create plans for treatment or intervention, and/or to create prevention and intervention programs for schools and districts. 

You will learn: 

  • The 12 traits of the bully syndrome traced to their roots 
  • The role of the limbic system (emotional brain) in bully making 
  • The nature of the dark union that begets the bully 
  • The attachment problems of bullies 
  • Common pitfalls in the treatment of bullies 
  • Why schools are becoming bully factories 
  • Why conventional discipline backfires with bullies 
  • Basic guidelines for addressing the bully problem that can be employed in a variety of venues and settings 
  • The most significant factors in keeping students safe 
  • Key target points for effective intervention 

​​Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has an interest in understanding and effectively addressing bullying 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. 

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!
Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking

with Dr. Gordon Neufeld


December 7, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:30pm  ET*
3 hour workshop (30 minute break  from 2:30 - 3pm ET)
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CEU's and Certificates of Attendance

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (3), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is recommended that you contact your college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's. 

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 individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.

​​​For more information about Dr. Neufeld and his work: 

About the Presenter

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental 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 to 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. 

​​​​Instructor: Dr. Gordon Neufeld, PhD​
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $99 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by November 7, 2021
Regular Cost: $125 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after November 7,2021
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.81 USD (as of July 2, 2021 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 7, 2021 at 11 am ET

*Please Note: Group Rates/Discounts are not available for this workshop.