International Director in Swedish
Management consultant, educator, presenter and writer
Jonas Himmelstrand is a Swedish management consultant and educator. He is also a faculty intern of the Neufeld Institute. He was trained as a University Chemist, studied Social Anthropology, and eventually chose to work with people. Jonas has worked for 30 years as a consultant to businesses, public offices and schools in the areas of personal growth, leadership and education. In raising three children, Jonas has found himself having opposing views to the public Swedish family policies, which focus on early day care and school. He has written a book about family policies and the challenges of personal growth in Sweden, the key findings of which will soon be published in English. Jonas came into contact with Dr. Neufeld’s material in 2007 through Hold On to Your Kids. He had the book translated into Swedish, and has since become Dr. Neufeld’s Swedish representative. Jonas is an experienced educator, teaching both in English and his native Swedish. He has a unique combination in understanding both the Neufeld approach and the Swedish school and family culture.
Jonas offers the Neufeld approach in Sweden through offering both presentations and Neufeld video-courses, which are shown by video in English and facilitated in Swedish. He most often facilitates the Neufeld Intensive Level I, Power to Teach, Bullies: Their Making and Unmaking, and The Teachability Factor. Jonas is an experienced and highly inspirational international speaker, presenting both in English and his native Swedish. He presents to teachers, helping professionals, parents, policy-makers, political leaders and mixed audiences, both in Sweden and abroad.Presentations can be from 30 minutes to full days, and include topics such as: Hold On To Your Kids: the problems with peer-orientation, Relationship Matters, Lessons learned from Swedish Family Policies, Understanding why Homeschooling works, and Living with sensitive children and Autism and Aspergers. Jonas offers consultation to individual schools, as well as to school-boards and political decision-makers, on how to implement the developmental paradigm in schools and classrooms in areas of teachability, bullying and understanding adolescence. Jonas also has long-term experience working with children with special needs. He will work easily with both individual teachers and officials, and with teams and boards. Please see Jonas' web page for more information about courses and presentation topics.