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Heart Matters: The Science of Emotion

There is much focus today on children’s emotions. Constructs like emotional intelligence, emotional self-regulation, emotional well-being and emotional social learning are being bandied about like never before. 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. In this course, Dr. Neufeld distils the current scientific knowledge on emotion to three basic laws and discusses the implications of each of these laws for parenting and teaching as well as the treatment of children. Neufeld also outlines five basic steps to emotional health and development so adults can foster emotional well-being and get to the root of such problems as alarm, anxiety, agitation, aggression, impulsiveness, lack of empathy, bullying and so on. This course is powerful in the insight it provides as well as the changes it inspires.

The content of this course is applicable to individuals of all ages but the focus is on the children and youth in our care. This course combines video presentations by Dr. Gordon Neufeld with in-person support sessions facilitated by Heather Ferguson, Registered Clinical Counsellor. Support sessions focus on deepening your understanding of the material and gaining insight into how it applies within your own family or context. If you have questions or would like to talk about the course and whether it might be a good fit for you, I’d love to connect with you–please contact me.

Course Outline

Session 1: Expression of Emotion

Session 2: Thwarted Expression

Session 3: Feelings and Hurtshttps://heatherfergusonconsulting.com/contact/

Session 4: Balance and Self Control

Session 5: Five Steps to Emotional Health and Maturity

Session 6: Viewing and Treating Troubling Behaviours as emotional problems (this session only available for Helping Professionals on request)

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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