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Empathy and compassion cannot be taught formally, but develop spontaneously in a child whose need for connection and contact are properly met. Explore the challenging topic of emotion, in both our children and ourselves with two leaders in childhood development.
Gabor Maté is a Canadian physician, public speaker and author, published internationally in twenty languages. His interests encompass childhood developmental issues, mind/body health, and parenting. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the cutting-edge research, Dr. Mate regularly addresses health professionals, educators and lay audiences throughout North America. He has received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and, an Honorary Degree (Laws) from the University of Northern British Columbia. He has also been appointed Adjunct Professor of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.
Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 40 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 five.