Emotion, long dismissed as a nuisance factor, is now confirmed to be at the core of development and well-being. Yet little is being taught about the nature of emotion or the implications for parenting, teaching, and treatment. To make sense of emotion is to make sense of us all. There is no better way to glean insight into oneself and others than through a working knowledge of the science of emotion.


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 a Neufeld Institute Faculty member.

Suitability & Applicability

Having a working knowledge of the science of emotion should be a prerequisite for anyone responsible for children or working with adults. While the focus of the course is on children and youth, the content is applicable to individuals of all ages. This course is highly recommended for all helping professionals, educators and parents. This course is required for the Play and Emotion course.

Time & Place

This Heart Matters: The Science of Emotion course is being offered in an online format on Fridays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am Pacific. The course starts with an orientation session on January 31, 2019 and will run for 7 weeks.

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.

Further Information

Campus members who have already completed the Neufeld Intensive I and II and want the opportunity for more in-depth study may qualify to take the advanced version of this course that builds on the foundational material presented in the Intensives. Contact Bria Shantz for more information.