Advanced Intensive: Making Sense of Therapy
the art and science of healing

There have never been more schools of psychotherapy, more training available for psychotherapists, and more therapy practices to master. Yet despite all this, there is little in the field of psychotherapy that is directly inspired by an understanding of the attachment-based developmental approach. A second concern is that the practice of psychotherapy itself seems to be increasingly divorced from the science of relationship, the science of emotion and the science of human development. This 15-session course has been created as a beginning attempt to address these issues.


Making Sense of Therapy is open to all who have completed the Neufeld Intensive INeufeld Intensive II,  Science of Emotion and the PLAY series: Play 101, Play and Attachment, Play and Emotion. Not required, but highly recommended is Intensive III: Becoming Attached and Making Sense of Adolescence.

At minimum, completion of Intensive II is required to be eligible to register. As of this posting in September 2018, there is still time to complete the additional prerequisites. If you have not completed the additional prerequisite courses at the time of registration, please inform our event registrar of your intentions and ensure that you leave sufficient time to complete the prerequisite courses by a target date of June 30, 2019.

As a reminder, this Advanced Intensive is offered live by Dr. Neufeld only. It is not available via self-study at this time.


This Advanced Intensive explores the art and science of healing through the lens of the attachment-based developmental approach. This course is also a vehicle for Dr. Neufeld to share the experiences and insights gleaned from his extensive experience as a psychotherapist. This course is currently offered in live format only.  Although directed towards psychotherapists, formal training as a helping professional is not required. 

Suitability & Applicability

Since the issues of healing and change are universal, this course is open to all graduates of the Neufeld Intensive II, regardless of the nature and level of their formal education. Rather than being constrained by the contemporary specialized definition of psychotherapy as the ‘treatment of disorder', Dr. Neufeld will be using the root definition that originally inspired the field of psychotherapy  - ‘a cure for the soul’.

This course is for all Intensive II alumni who desire to become better midwifes to the healing process, who yearn to help get others unstuck, who are curious about the therapeutic process, as well as those who want to make their therapeutic practice more congruent with their commitment to the attachment-based developmental approach. Although the focus is on therapy, the Intensive is not just for therapists but for anyone who wants to make sense of therapy, including the phenomena of healing, transformation, recovery and resilience.

Time & Place

This course takes place from Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16, 2019 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (includes two 15 minute breaks, with time free in the afternoon to enjoy the beaches and attractions nearby). Please note that registrants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.

The course will be held at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. 

240 Dogwood Street
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
(250) 248-8333

A block of rooms is set aside for those who wish to stay at the Quality Resort Bayside for the course. If booking a room, indicate that you are attending the Neufeld Institute event.

There are also other hotels and campgrounds nearby, including popular Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park (reserve your spot starting in early March 2019).


Cancellations received by July 26, 2019, are eligible for a full refund, less a $40 administrative fee. Cancellations received on July 27, 2019 or later are not eligible for refunds or credits.

Further Information

Tuition is $900 per person. A $200 deposit is required in order to secure your spot, with the outstanding balance due by June 14. 2019.

Please note that our registration form only allows you to pay the full tuition. If you would like to pay the $200 deposit only at this time, please submit the registration form, then simply close out of the Paypal window that opens up. You may call our office to pay the deposit with Visa or MasterCard (604-263-4278).

Tuition includes access to our Virtual Campus from March to October, 2019, where course information will be posted in the Therapy Info Centre.