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Parenting Courses for Every Stage of Parenthood

→ Power to Parent

The Power to Parent series is a relationship-based approach to parenting that restores parents to their natural intuition and helps children realize their innate potential as human beings.  Learn more…

→ Power to Parent I: Vital Connection

Part I of the Power to Parent series focuses on the adult-child relationship as the context for raising children. Parents and professionals learn how this relationship is meant to develop, what can go wrong, why parents must matter more than peers, how to cultivate a context of connection, how to win back one`s child if need be, and more.  Learn more…

→ Power to Parent II: Helping Children Grow Up

Part II of the Power to Parent series focuses on how to help children realize their potential as human beings. Since growing older is no guarantee of growing up, knowing how to foster maturation is key to raising children.  Learn more…

→ Power to Parent III: Common Challenges
Raising children is rewarding, but not always easy! Every child gets stuck from time to time on the road to maturation and every parent faces challenges at some point on the journey. Part III of the Power to Parent series focusses on the typical challenges of parenting. Dr. Neufeld equips parents to read the signs of a child in trouble, live with a sensitive child, cultivate resilience in a child, lead an alpha child, soften a defended child, discipline a stuck child, and more. Learn more …

→ Alpha Children: Reclaiming Our Rightful Place In Their Lives
A growing number of children and youth are presenting as demanding, prescriptive, bossy and controlling. A disturbing number of these alpha children are turning into bullies as well. Alpha children can be challenging to manage and, by their nature, are more likely to present with troubling behaviour. This is making the child-adult dance much more difficult than it used to be or needs to be, despite the plethora of advice-giving and strategies available today.  Learn more…

→ Heart Matters: The Science of Emotion
Emotion, long dismissed as a nuisance factor, is now confirmed to be at the core of development and well-being.New revelations about the nature of emotion have shed fresh light on the pivotal role of feelings in play, brain development, discipline issues, anxiety problems, maturational processes, behaviour problems, attention problems, mental health issues and much more. Learn more ….

→ Making Sense of Adolescence
Adolescence literally means ‘growing into maturity’. An adolescent is neither child nor adult and therein lies much of the difficulty, the turbulence, the confusion and the challenge. They need us, yet need to not need us. We are their best bet, yet their instincts are to resist us. Unlike primitive cultures, our highly complex society requires a lengthy adolescence with very few rites of passage. Learn more ….

→ Making Sense of Aggression
Aggression is one of the oldest and most challenging of human problems. Dr. Neufeld exposes it’s deep developmental roots, revealing why conventional approaches to the problem are so ineffective. Learn more …

→ Making Sense of Anxiety
The escalating level of anxiety in our children begs for an explanation as well as a solution. Anxiety can take many forms including obsessions, compulsions, phobias, panic as well as a host of perplexing seeking and avoid ant behaviours. Dr. Neufeld sheds light on this age-old problem, paving the way for natural interventions that can actually get to the root causes as opposed to just managing symptoms. Learn more …

→ Making Sense of Attention Problems
The Attention Deficit Disorder label has brought concerns regarding attention to the fore of public consciousness but unfortunately without the foundational knowledge that enables parents and teachers to find their way through a glut of confusing and often conflicting information. This course brings all the pieces of the puzzle together, bringing fresh insight to this problem and providing clear suggestions of how to deal with it. Learn more …

→ Making Sense of Counterwill
Counterwill is a name for the instinctive reaction of a child to resist being controlled. This resistance can take many forms: opposition, negativism, laziness, noncompliance, disrespect, lack of motivation, belligerence, incorrigibility and even antisocial attitudes and actions. It can also express itself in resistance to learning. Learn more ….

→ Making Sense of Discipline
Discipline is one of the biggest challenges faced by parents and educators. We all want good behaviour from our children, but as a culture we have fallen to instant fixes and one minute answers without weighing the costs on our child’s well-being. When the challenge is to impose order on behaviour without putting in jeopardy healthy attachment and development, many are at a loss of how to proceed. Learn more...

→ Making Sense of Preschoolers
No one is more susceptible to being misunderstood than the preschooler. Preococious, brazen, obsessive, endearing, hysterical, impulsive, anxious, delightful, unreflective, dogmatic, generous, unstable, aggressive, resistant, compulsive, and anything but consistent — the preschooler could qualify for any number of personality and behaviour disorders. To make sense of a preschooler is to possess the keys for unlocking the mysteries of human nature as well as for the unfolding of human potential. Learn more…

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All classes and counselling services for individuals, couples and families are based out of the beautiful Matraea Centre in Duncan, BC. Professional consulting services available to teachers and helping professionals on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

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“The secret of parenting is not in what a parent does, but in who a parent is to their child.” – Gordon Neufeld