Building on the foundations of the Intensive I, this course sheds light upon the profound impact of separation on a child's personality and behaviour. Special attention is given to the problems of aggression, resistance, oppositionality, bullying, distractability, impulsiveness, anxiety, alarm problems, alpha problems, attachment problems, and more. This course is a prerequisite to entry into the Neufeld Institute training programs for course facilitators and practitioners.

This course is structured into 20 sessions. In the continuing education version of the course, each session contains about an hour of instructional video by Dr. Neufeld.

Course Description

Most problem behaviour is rooted in instinct and emotion and is therefore unresponsive to conventional forms of discipline or behaviour management. When the developmental antecedents are understood, the path to effective intervention becomes clear. The key to accurate analysis is an understanding of the dynamics of attachment, vulnerability and maturation. These conceptual keys are provided in the Level One Intensive and then used in Level Two to unlock the mysteries of aggression, bullying, resistance, oppositionality, anxiety, obsessions, addiction, suicidal impulses, agitation, impulsiveness, distractibility, and much more.

Dr. Neufeld’s wealth of clinical experience with the most troubled populations of children and youth provide the basis for his insightful analysis and proven interventions. His ability to unravel the most perplexing problems to reveal the contributing dynamics, renders the troubling behaviours not only understandable but surprisingly treatable.

organizing thesis construct

After a life-time of putting the puzzle pieces together, Dr. Neufeld has discovered that when diverse childhood problems are traced to their very beginnings, the inevitable triggering experience is usually some form or variation of separation - anticipated or real. There is no other single experience that has more impact on our emotions, our instincts or our defensive systems. An understanding of separation and its impact prepares the way for making sense of a myriad of symptoms and then paves the way for change.

about the Model

The model is the result of years of synthesis and distillation and is rooted in depth psychology, grounded in the developmental paradigm, saturated in attachment theory and congruent with current neurological research. It has also been honed by over thirty-five years of professional practice, parenting and personal reflection. The model has been used effectively in a wide variety of venues and settings: parenting, classroom, special behaviour programs, alternate education settings, therapy, correctional settings, aboriginal communities, adoption, counseling, and the foster system.

about the Approach

The approach is distinctly developmental and thus in contrast to the current cognitive behavioural fare as well as to the medical disorder approach. Many find it a refreshing alternative to today’s smorgasbord approach to treatment and to the presentation of strategies divorced from their philosophical moorings. The developmental approach is usually somewhat inaccessible because of the esoteric terminology, confusing constructs and fragmented theorizing that tends to characterize it. Developmentalists do not generally have a reputation for being able to make themselves easily understood; Dr. Neufeld is a notable exception in this regard.

access to video recordings of the Intensive II

The video recordings of this course are available through videostreaming via our virtual campus. These DVD sets are not available to be purchased by the public. When registering for the continuing education version of this course, students can elect to purchase the Intensive II DVD Set for an additional $100. After taking the course, the DVD set may be purchased for $200. Members of the virtual campus who have taken this course are given complimentary access to the DVD material for study and review at any time.

Suitability/Applicability

The course is primarily addressed to those who are professional involved with children but is open to (and well attended by) parents who are seeking to make sense of their children. No previous background or formal education in the social sciences is required although the ability to handle university-level instruction helps. Although the focus is primarily on children and those responsible for them, the intensives have also been found useful by adult therapists and marriage counsellors. Participants include educators of all kinds, parents and grandparents, behaviour specialists, counsellors, therapists, art therapists, psychologists, pediatricians, university professors, psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, social workers, youth workers, ministers, care providers and foster parents. This course is applicable to all settings and venues involving children but will be especially useful to those involved with children who have trouble learning and behaving. The course is particularly recommended for anyone involved or wishing to become involved in parent consulting or parent coaching, and is required for those seeking authorization as Neufeld Parent Consultants. The material applies to children of all ages as well as to adults, although the focus of the course is children and adolescents.

The prerequisite for this course is Neufeld Intensive I: Making Sense of Kids.

Topics/Objectives

primary objective

The primary objective of the Level Two Intensive is to uncover the deep emotional and developmental roots of the most challenging problems of childhood and thus prepare the way for effective and long-lasting intervention. Both the behavioural and the disorder approaches fail to provide explanations and as a result, also fail to provide effective suggestions for getting to the root of the problem. The prevailing focus on symptom management and incident management leaves the root problems unaddressed and behavioural changes short-lived. Insight and understanding is pivotal to effective and lasting change.

topics covered

  • Separation as the epicenter of troubling behavior of all kinds
  • Three systems of defense against separations that are intolerable
  • Three pronged approach to address the underlying issue of separation
  • Pursuit in the face of separation and the accompanying problems of insecurity, depersonalization, and neurosis
  • The anatomy of alarm; including perceptions, feelings, impulses, emotions, physiology, and chemistry
  • Understanding and addressing anxiety based alarm problems, including obsessions, compulsions, neurotic behaviors,
  • Understanding and addressing agitation and adrenalin based alarm problems, including attention problems, reckless behavior, delinquent activity
  • Attention problems rooted in neurological impairment and attention problems rooted in defendedness; and how to address each type of attention problem
  • Seeing frustration at the root of depression and aggression problems
  • How to address aggression problems and why conventional discipline backfires
  • Behavior problems that result from being stuck in alpha, including bullying, aggression, eating problems, counterwill and alarm
  • Understanding and addressing detachment and counterwill problems
  • How to help adults with the children in their care

Course Outline

OUTLINE for both the onsite and continuing education formats

The Separation Complex

Session 1: The Separation Complex

Session 2: Facing Separation

Session 3: Pursuit in the Face of Separation

Alarm Problems

Session 4: Making Sense of Alarm

Session 5: A Working Alarm System

Session 6: Anxiety and Neurosis

Session 7: Anxiety and Neurosis Part II

Session 8: Agitation and Adrenalin-based Alarm Problems

Addressing Separation

Session 9: Addressing Separation

Attention Problems

Session 10: Attention Problems

Aggression Problems

Session 11: Making Sense of Aggression

Session 12: Addressing Aggression

Session 13: Addressing Aggression Part II

Dominance and Bully Problems

Session 14: The Alpha Complex and The Bully Instinct

Session 15: The Causes and Consequences of Being Alpha

Session 16: Addressing Alpha Problems

Defensive Detachment

Session 17: Defensive Detachment

Counterwill Problems

Session 18: Making Sense of Counterwill

Session 19: Reading Counterwill

Session 20: Addressing Counterwill

Registration Details

The tuition fee for taking the Intensive Two individually through continuing education is $750. This includes a virtual campus student study pass of six months to access the videocourse material as well as other supporting materials. Groups of ten or more are given extra faculty support if this can be arranged.

The prerequisite for this course is Neufeld Intensive I: Making Sense of Kids.

Course Coordinator

The course coordinator for this course is Terry Warburton.

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