What we call the Neufeld Intensives were originally week-long courses – five days of intensely attending to Dr. Neufeld intensely teaching the attachment-based developmental approach. There was no opportunity to put him on pause, one of the great advantages of the continuing education courses. There are currently four of these Intensives. The Neufeld Intensive I and II are no longer taught live by Dr. Neufeld.
The first three Intensives are referred to as Neufeld Intensive Level One, Two and Three. In these courses, Dr. Neufeld lays out the foundations of attachment-based developmental theory. Level One – Making Sense of Kids – unfolds the three conceptual keys that unlock the insights needed to understand our children from inside out. Even if individuals may have had significant exposure to Neufeld’s teaching, this Intensive is required in order to see the big picture and how everything knits together. Level Two – The Separation Complex – traces the most common childhood problems back to the epicentre of our emotional quakes. The implications are profound but self-evident once understood. Level Three – Becoming Attached unfolds each of the six ways of attaching that are core to Dr. Neufeld’s comprehensive model of attachment.
These Intensives revolve around Dr. Neufeld’s lecture material, but in the campus course version, are greatly enriched by support sessions with faculty, supplemental resources, study guides, and discussion forums. Students can enroll in the campus course versions (ie, continuing education course) at any time as individuals. If schedules allow, the optimal way of taking the course is through the Institute-scheduled online public classes. Intensive One and Two are typically scheduled once a year and are supported by a team of our faculty, providing for the richest experience and exposure. Groups of ten or more can make arrangements with the Neufeld Institute to schedule a custom course with faculty support tailored specifically to that group.
Level One is the prerequisite for the Level Two, which in turn is the gateway to our Advanced Courses and Intensives. Completion of all three foundational intensives, as well as Science of Emotion and Play 101, is required for most further study and support levels.
We currently have one Advanced Intensive – Making Sense of Therapy, open for registration to all who have completed the Neufeld Intensive Level Two, the Science of Emotion (Heart Matters) and the Play Series (Play 101, Play & Attachment, Play & Emotion). Highly recommended are also Becoming Attached and Making Sense of Adolescence, as Dr. Neufeld will be building upon some of the material delivered in these courses. Although the focus is on therapy, the course is not exclusively for therapists. Currently, this Advanced Intensive is only being offered in the in person five-day format.
Please consult the EVENTS page for upcoming scheduled Intensives.
The primary focus of the first two Intensives is on the children in our care, although the dynamics apply to everyone and in every arena. The focus of the Becoming Attached and Making Sense of Therapy is also on adults, although once again, the application is universal.