​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

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.

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!

​​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. This workshop has been pre-approved for 3 continuing education hours by the CACCF.  ​​

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.

​​​​​Instructor: Dr. Gabor Maté
Location: Online Line Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $99 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by March 8, 2021
Regular Cost: $125 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after March 8, 2021
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.79 USD (as of January 10, 2021 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 7, 2021 at 12 pm ET

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

About the Presenter

Gabor Maté (pronounced: 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. 

​​For more information about Gabor and his work, visit: 

Fostering Resilience (in Children & Youth) in a Stressed Culture

with Dr. Gabor Maté


Friday April 9, 2021, 1:30 - 5:15  pm ET  *
3 hour workshop  (45 minute break from 3:00 - 3:45pm ET)
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