An internship program is available for individuals who are well versed in Neufeld’s approach and are willing to become involved in mentoring, supervising and supporting others who are keen on teaching and practicing Neufeld’s approach. Internship typically leads to a Faculty appointment in the Neufeld Institute. The length of the program is two years and is designed with existing work commitments in mind. All potential Neufeld faculty must be in the know regarding our training programs and to be able to take the lead with others who are seeking authorization. The second year involves taking on leadership responsibilities, with Gordon assuming a supporting/mentoring/supervising role.

Our diploma programs are the typical route to authorization

Those seeking authorization as course facilitators or as parent consultants should consult our diploma programs, typically a two-year commitment that involves individualized study, practicum experiences and personal integration of the material, with the support and under the supervision of a Neufeld Institute Faculty member. The prerequisites for acceptance into our diploma programs include successful completion of the foundational courses: Neufeld Intensives I and II. Both courses are available through Continuing Education.

Prerequisite courses for internship

The pathway to internship begins with successful completion of Neufeld Intensives: Level I and Level II, as well as the Science of Emotion course and the Advanced Intensive: Becoming Attached. Those seriously interested in pursuing a faculty appointment are advised to enroll in the two-year facilitator diploma program first.

Faculty appointments

Upon successful completion of this two-year internship, individuals are typically appointed to the Neufeld Institute Faculty, joining more than twenty others who have already received faculty appointments since the inception of the internship program in 2006. These faculty are involved in leadership across Canada and United States as well as Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Russia and Israel.

Faculty expectations

Neufeld Faculty are expected to assume key leadership roles in their geographical regions and/or their arenas of involvement: parent education, parent consulting, mental health, the school system, etc. In addition, Neufeld Faculty are expected to take on diploma students pursuing authorization in their arenas of expertise.

Structure of the internship program

The internship program is fairly simple in its structure. It involves monthly consults with Gordon via telephone or Skype, about twelve master classes a year via online videoconferencing (held on Saturday mornings Vancouver time), attendance if at all possible at our annual conference and faculty retreat in Vancouver, collegial support with other faculty and interns via the Neufeld Virtual Campus, and leadership involvement in some way. The monthly consults are for the purpose of personal integration of the material, case consultation, and interaction regarding leadership involvement and projects. The agendas for any particular consult are set by the intern. The practicums may involve case consultations, presentations, implementation projects, course instruction, or leadership assignments of some kind. The core practicum involves doing a couple of case studies. This is in keeping with our primary distinctive: ‘making sense of kids’. These case study practicums apply to all faculty interns, not just the mental health professionals or practitioners in private practice.

Financial considerations

The tuition for internship is $4200 CAD for the first year and $2400 CAD for the second year. The opportunities for remuneration as Neufeld Faculty are fairly modest and varied and should not be the motivating factor for anyone. The money to be made would come mainly from increased opportunities to present (Faculty set their own honorariums) and from taking on their own diploma program students. If there are sufficient funds within the Neufeld Institute organization and there are demands for the leadership a Faculty member is providing to the organization, token monthly stipends are also a possibility. While it is possible for a Neufeld Faculty member to support themselves through this work, it should not be expected nor should it be the motivating factor in becoming involved, and this may take some time.

What we are looking for in our faculty

Key to seeking a faculty appointment should be a vision for forwarding this approach, and some space and time to be able to commit to this mission. What we look for in our internship candidates is a mastery of the paradigm, the ability to make sense of kids, strong leadership capabilities, clear and transparent communication, an ability to establish good working relationships with others, and most importantly, a soft heart and a good head.

Next steps

Interested individuals should communicate with Dr. Neufeld directly and submit a letter of intent.