Most problem behaviour is rooted in instinct and emotion and is therefore unresponsive to conventional forms of discipline or behaviour management. Building on the foundations of the Intensive I, this course sheds light upon the profound impact of separation on a child’s personality and behavior, with special attention given to the problems of aggression, resistance, oppositionality, bullying, distractability, impulsiveness, anxiety, alarm problems, alpha problems, attachment problems, and more. When the developmental antecedents are understood, the path to effective intervention becomes clear.


Course participants will view the online recordings from their own computers through our virtual campus and come together weekly as a group to discuss the material using our videoconferencing system. While individuals can take this course at any time on their own through our continuing education program, this is a unique opportunity to meet with others weekly and be supported by Neufeld Institute Faculty members, anchored by Faculty Intern, Genevieve Schreier.

Suitability & Applicability

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

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.

Time & Place

This course is being offered in a Scheduled Online Class format on Thursdays from 11:30am to 12:30pm Pacific. The course starts with an orientation session on September 13, 2018 and will run for 17 weeks (NO class on November 22, December 20, 27 and January 3), with the last wrap up session on January 31, 2019.

All classes are recorded, so if you're unable to attend at the scheduled time, it's no problem to catch up!


This course is being hosted by the Neufeld Institute, a nonprofit organization with a world-wide reach, devoted to applying developmental science to the raising of children.


If a course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolment or other unforeseen circumstances, all registrants will have the option of receiving a full refund or credit.