Friday Keynote

Dr. Deborah MacNamara’s Optional Friday Evening Public Address: Gut Feelings

Friday, April 13, 2018  |  7-9 pm

From gut wrenching experiences to things that give you the shivers or create butterflies in your stomach – come join Dr. Deborah MacNamara as she walks through how the gut and brain work together when communicating about feelings and emotion. Using new findings in science on the gut/brain axis, we will bridge the mind/body divide and make sense of why ‘going with our gut’ can be a good thing. We will examine how the gut/brain interaction impacts digestion, mood, and overall health including stress related illnesses. Using a relational and developmental lens, participants will leave with a deeper sense of what it means to be a creature of attachment, not only with each other, but with the macrobiotic world that lives in and around us.

Please note that this optional registration item is an additional $20 to the conference tuition.
Registration for this evening address is available for $25 for those unable to attend the conference. Click here.

Saturday Keynotes

Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s Two-Part Keynote Address: Making Sense of Kids

Saturday, April 14, 2018  |  9:00-10:15 am and 4:00-4:30 pm

Our need for insight as parents and teachers has never been greater. Ironically, the information age has flooded us with information and simultaneously blinded us to its meaning. Knowledge without insight can be dangerous.

For over a century now, social scientists have applied themselves to making sense of adults with the assumption that the dynamics would be the same for children. Paradoxically, it turns out that the key to making sense of ourselves lies in making sense of our children. Even more importantly, making sense of kids enables us to become the parents and teachers our children need. The better we see, the less reactive and more effective we are. Insight tends to bring out the best in us.

From his 45 years of experience, Dr. Neufeld will share the insights he believes are indispensable with regards to children. In the ending keynote, he will touch on how we can also make sense of ourselves in the reflection of our interactions with out children and students.

Making Sense of Kids will be the theme for our sessions today, taking the insight covered in Gordon’s address and translating it into everyday practice.