Dr. 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 parents, 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 six. Gordon Neufeld photo
Lorraine Beaudry is a retired a classroom teacher from the Calgary Catholic School District. She has a Bachelor of Physical Education with teacher certification and worked in a variety of school settings and inclusive classrooms with students from kindergarten through grade nine. In addition, Lorraine is the mother of three children and grandmother to three. Still actively involved in the lives of her children, she is also full-time day-nana to her four-year-old granddaughter. She is reminded daily of the power of relationship and the importance of patience with the maturation process. Lorraine is certified to deliver a number of Neufeld video courses and facilitates classes for parents and professionals throughout the Calgary area. Lorraine Beaudry photo
Jodi Bergman has spent the last 25 years developing attachments with children as a public and international school teacher, creating individual learning plans for homeschooling families and supporting children and parents in their journey. Currently, Jodi works for Self Design, where she provides in-person and online consultation. She lives in the Kootenays with her husband, and together they are consciously integrating their family of seven children based on the threads of connection, relationship, and attachment. Jodi is committed to making sense of the dynamics of an integrated family (the new blended) to support thriving, not just surviving.
Geneviève Brabant is a faculty member at the Neufeld Institute and a clinical social worker (MSW, RSW) with over 15 years’ experience working as a child and family mental health practitioner (therapist) in the Ottawa area. In 2010 she launched her private practice, Le Repère Counselling Services (cflerepere.ca), with her partner and associate Mathieu Lyons, where she offers parent consultation and play-based therapeutic services to children and youth. Genevieve gives talks and presentations across Ontario on different course topics such as Preschoolers, Teachability Factor, The Art and Science of Transplanting Children, and The Science of Emotion. As a mother of three, Genevieve makes it her priority to incorporate her knowledge of the Neufeld paradigm into her daily parenting and relationships. Genevieve Brabant photo
Robin Brooks-Sherriff is a Registered Nurse in Calgary, where she has worked in various capacities with families and clients for over 20 years. Both as a nurse, and as a mother, she has been tremendously impacted by Dr. Neufeld’s paradigm since she happened upon it eight years ago. In particular, the adolescence material has informed her current work with teens and young adults in regards to their sexual health. The insight into these mysterious beings (teenagers) gained through Dr. Neufeld’s approach is immensely helpful when offering a guiding hand through the maze of sexual decision-making our teens and their families face. Robin Brooks-Sherriff photo
Eva de Gosztonyi is a psychologist who has worked for over 40 years in schools across Canada, and is on faculty with the Neufeld Institute. She is the Co-ordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management for the ten English School Boards of Quebec, helping the adults in the school setting to understand how best to work with children with severe behaviour problems. Eva believes that educators can foster the natural processes of development in their interactions and attachments with students in the classroom and in the school. In her presentations, Eva weaves together theory and practice, learning and behaviour, to help those who work with children apply Dr. Neufeld’s paradigm so that they can effectively help children and youth become the “best that they can be.” Eva de Gosztonyi photo
Martine Demers is on faculty with the Neufeld Institute and is actively involved in intervention with her school board where she works as a Behavior Consultant, supporting school teams with their most challenging students. She is actively involved in professional development, consultation, class intervention, networking, and accessing resources for children and their parents via various health and social service agencies. Martine has developed a Professional Learning Community for ongoing learning and support. She also facilitates Dr. Neufeld’s parent education courses, understanding the importance of bringing this information directly to the source: the parents. Martine’s most passionate presence is with her own family as a mother, where she lives the paradigm on a daily basis. Martine Demers photo
Darlene Denis-Friske is a child and youth counsellor, psychotherapist, and parent consultant within the Neufeld attachment-based developmental approach. She has worked in a variety of rewarding roles since 1988, including crisis/intervention in a psychiatric hospital, school-based work, community practice, and private practice. Darlene is currently a Registered Psychotherapist on staff with a busy family health team in Pembroke, Ontario, as well as a faculty member with the Neufeld Institute. She has taken an active role in organizing and facilitating community talks, professional development, and training geared toward understanding the emotional, developmental, and attachment needs of children – an area of advocacy which Darlene is both passionate about and dedicated to.
Colleen Drobot is a registered professional counsellor and parent consultant with a private practice in West Vancouver. She works with individuals, families, adolescents, and school districts. She is also an educator with over 20 years’ experience working with children in regular classrooms and in special-needs settings. She is a faculty member of the Neufeld Institute and has worked with Dr. Neufeld’s approach for many 
years. Colleen is a mother of two teens and draws from her personal as well as professional experience to support parents and professionals in gaining insight, opening their hearts, and leading by their intuition. Colleen Drobot photo
Patti Drobot is a registered professional counsellor, parent consultant, and presenter with an educational background in rehabilitation medicine. Her past experience is in psychiatric occupational therapy where she has worked in both hospital and community settings for 20 years. A faculty member of the Neufeld Institute, she currently works as a counsellor in Vancouver. Patti’s greatest professional passion is working with Dr. Neufeld. Her greatest personal passion is being the mother of her two children. Patti Drobot photo
Heather Ferguson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in Duncan, BC, and a faculty intern with the Neufeld Institute. She facilitates courses with and offers consulting for parents, educators, helping professionals, and care providers. Heather has a Master’s degree in Family Systems Counselling and has worked with family service agencies, schools, and community mental health clinics. As a mother of two, Heather is inspired by the relationship-based developmental approach that has so deeply enriched her personal and professional life. She brings warmth, compassion, and heart-felt understanding to the challenges of raising children in today’s world. Heather Ferguson photo
Denise Findlay is a Neufeld facilitator and parent consultant, as well as wife and mother to two highly sensitive, intense, and bright boys. She works extensively with parents in the First Nations community, where she shares her insights to empower them to be their child’s best bet and to look to traditional approaches to parenting that focus on attachment and life-long, whole-person development. Denise has experience training educators, parents, social workers, early childhood educators, mental health practitioners, and other helping professionals. She holds a Master’s degree in education from Simon Fraser University, where she focused on contemplative inquiry and approaches in education. Denise also sits on two Vancouver Coastal Health Advisory Committees, where she provides a parent voice in regards to child and youth mental health services.
Christie Mackie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working in private practice in Vancouver. She is most passionate about her work with adolescent clients and their families and firmly believes in her role of shedding light upon what seems to be such a difficult and confusing time. She has been involved with the Neufeld Institute since 2008 and currently assists Dr. Neufeld in the role of Director of Advanced Courses. Previously, Christie worked with the Fraser Health Institute to support children and adolescents struggling with developmental disabilities. She brings both personal and professional experience to her work with clients. She is the proud mother of three children (2, 15 and 20 years) and has a strong understanding of the breadth of feelings involved in parenting in today’s world. She makes nurturing connections with her clients and draws from this experience to support parents in gaining insight into their child’s behaviour. Christie Mackie photo
Michele Maurer is a registered marriage and family therapist and course facilitator with the Neufeld Institute, with 30 years’ experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Michele works in private practice in Langley, BC, and is the instructor for a provincial training program for mental health clinicians. Prior to opening her practice in 2013, Michele worked in child, youth, and young-adult mental health as a counsellor, supervisor, and educator. Michele started her career working in nonprofit agencies with incarcerated and at-risk youth and families. Michele earned her Master’s degree in couple and family therapy at the University of Guelph. She lives in Langley, BC with her husband and two adolescent children. Michele Maurer photo
Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a Vancouver-based clinical counsellor and educator with more than 25 years’ experience working with children, youth, and adults. She is on faculty at the Neufeld Institute, operates a counselling practice, and speaks regularly about child and adolescent development to parents, child care providers, educators, and mental health professionals. She is also the author of Rest, Play, Grow: Making Sense of Preschooler (Or Anyone Who Acts Like One) which provides a 360-degree developmental walk around the young child. She continues to write, do radio and television interviews, and speak to the needs of children and youth from a developmental science-based approach. Deborah resides in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two children. Deborah MacNamara photo
Joy Neufeld is a retired elementary school teacher who has also spent time as an early childhood educator and adolescent counsellor. Her passion for children shaped her university studies in child development and special education. As wife to Gordon, she has been intimately involved in the development of the attachment-based developmental approach as well as the Neufeld Institute. She and Gordon are the parents of five grown children and grandparents of six. Joy Neufeld photo
April Quan is a Neufeld course facilitator, parent consultant, and Grief Recovery Specialist® with the Grief Recovery Institute®. April has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education. Her previous occupations include independent artist, inner-city supply teacher, and Waldorf school teacher and administrator, but her work with parents – helping them find the way to their child’s side using the Neufeld approach – has been the most rewarding by far, with the possible exception of raising her own two children. Seeing emotion through the Neufeld lens, and her own life experiences, led her to certification with the Grief Recovery Institute. April offers regular Neufeld parenting courses in Toronto and sees private clients for parenting and grief recovery work. Her two children are now wonderful young men. April Quan photo
David Robertson is a pastoral theologian with 26 years’ experience working with children, families, and adults. He is married to Susan and together they parent two sons (17 and 19 years old). David was first introduced to the Neufeld Institute in 2008. He has since completed his facilitator training and continues to offer his time to the Neufeld learning community. David is also a choral musician who enjoys learning languages, playing flute, working out, and drinking espresso.  
Genevieve Schreier has worked for the Neufeld Institute since its inception. With an undergraduate degree in sociology and an MA in international relations, she has always had a passion for exploring human connection and uncovering potential. Genevieve has a variety of roles with the Neufeld Institute that include Director of Training for course facilitators, Event Coordinator for Dr. Neufeld, and Course Coordinator for the Alpha Children course. Genevieve Schrier photo
Tamara Strijack is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working on Vancouver Island and a faculty member of the Neufeld Institute. She has worked with children and adolescents in various roles over the last twenty years – as mentor, counsellor, youth leader, program director, group facilitator – and is herself a mother of two wonderful adolescent girls. She also works as a parent and teacher consultant, helping adults make sense of the children in their care. Connection, relationship, and attachment continue to be central themes in all of her roles, both personally and professionally. Tamara Strijack photo
Terry Warburton is a certified professional counsellor who works in southern Manitoba and is a faculty member of the Neufeld Institute. Terry provides education and consultations for professionals in education, public health, childcare, and social services. She is passionate about supporting parents and professionals to help them make sense of children in their care and to improve the quality of relationships for the purpose of helping children achieve their full developmental potential. Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s approach has had a profound impact on her professional work with families, as well as on her own journey of parenting three young adult children. She warmly and sensitively shares her insights with others.