Streaming of online seminar with Dr. Gordon Neufeld

Streaming of online seminar “Roots of empathy” with Dr. Gordon Neufeld still available – until December 31st 2021.

Before he retired, Dr. Gordon Neufeld had accumulated more than 40 years of experience as a clinical psychologist with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld continues to be an international speaker, a best-selling 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. 

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The Roots of Empathy – Price & Conditions

Online streaming only 

– 700 DKK (94 €, 113 USD). The online streaming of the course will be available for 30 days from the day of purchase.

Discount for students, unemployed, senior citizens

– 550,-/day (74 €, 89 USD)

(Remember to tell us if you are student/unemployed/senior when you sign up for the course. Use the Message Box).

Special Discount for institutions, companies and daycare centres

Why not use the online course as a training opportunity in your institution, either during a parents evening in school, together with your colleagues, or as an educational day for staff training? Get some inspiration to nurture your work with children and their families. You can either join us in person for the online seminar in either Charlottenlund or Copenhagen, or you can watch the lecture at your institution in your own time.

We provide the following discount to institutions, companies or daycare centers.

– 2.500 DKK (336 €, 402 USD) for small institutions (4-7 participants)

– 4.500 DKK (605 €, 724 USD) for medium size institutions (8-15 participants)

– 7.000 (940 €, 1,126 USD) DKK for large institutions (20+)

Legal Disclaimer: Tickets bought are non-refundable. If the seminar is cancelled by the organiser tickets will be refunded. Changes in location is not considered as a cancellation and tickets will not be refunded in this case. 

Prices in Euro or USD currency are indicative only, Danish prices and the respective exchange rate of the invoicing date apply.


About the Course – The Roots of Empathy

The documented loss of empathy among our children is certainly reason for grave concern. Is not empathy the attribute that makes us truly human and humane, that nurtures love and compassion, that knits the fabric of civilization together? Parents and teachers are increasingly concerned about the meanness between siblings and class-mates. This loss of empathy can be sensed among adults as well – in the meanness of much of today’s music and entertainment, in the perverse reactions to victims on the internet, in the insensitive rhetoric of some of our leading politicians, in the increasing triumph of greed over generosity in our society.

The knee-jerk reactions to this erosion of empathy have proven quite fruitless: attempting to get children to be nice to each other, teaching empathy as a skill or a value, railing against bullying, or punishing mean behaviour. Even well-intended efforts at emotional education and teaching self-regulation in schools are not resulting in the differences that were hoped for.

So what can be done? How can we as parents, teachers and helping professionals reverse this tide? How can we take children who feel like being mean to find their caring concern once again? What are the keys to raising children who reach out with compassion to the wounded and will ultimately become the caring and considerate adults our world needs.

We cannot truly address a problem we do not understand. Empathy, it turns out, is not simply an attribute that can be taught, a value that can be inculcated, or a skill that can be trained. Reinforcing behaviour associated with empathy will actually corrupt its authenticity, turning medicine into poison.

Dr. Neufeld will trace empathy to its roots in attachment, emotion and development. Once we understand what is missing or what has been lost, the challenges for restoring empathy become clear, both in individual cases and well as in our homes and schools.

While the situation is somewhat dire, there is much reason for hope in turning the situation around, both individually and in our communities.  Insight is key however, and that is where we must start.

Dr. Neufeld has an international reputation for making complex problems understandable and for opening the doors for change.