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Gabor Maté’s Compassionate Inquiry in Action: An Experiential Course for the Healing of Deep Traumatic Wounds

Program Information


  1. Determine how trauma disconnects a client from deeper experiencing of the self to improve clinical outcomes. 
  2. Distinguish the three levels of knowledge as they relate to clinical implications. 
  3. Demonstrate a process of inquiry that changes limiting beliefs as related to clinical treatment. 
  4. Apply compassionate inquiry to go beyond insight into the experience for deep change in clients. 
  5. Appraise how suffering comes from attempts to avoid the truth in client descriptions of their problems. 
  6. Apply a process of body awareness to enable clients to access and identify emotional states. 
  7. Develop an understanding of the client’s deeper unconscious emotional issues for purposes of client psychoeducation. 
  8. Demonstrate how addiction is an attempt to solve a problem to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. 
  9. Integrate compassionate inquiry in psychotherapy to engage the client to recover vitality and self -compassion. 
  10. Demonstrate how to create a sense of safety for the client’s best therapy outcomes. 
  11. Demonstrate how to create a sacred space between therapist and client to improve clinical outcomes. 
  12. Appraise the current research on how trauma influences the expression of genes as it relates to clinical implications.


Trauma and Constriction

  • Mind Creates the World
  • Stress Before Birth Leads to Adult Addiction
  • How Unconscious Emotional Memory Emerges in Reactivity
  • Adaptive Purpose of Behavior
The Dynamics of Repression
  • Fear and Trauma
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Safety and Attunement
  • Diagnoses as Adaptations and Coping Mechanisms
  • Depression, Anxiety, ADHD as Coping
  • To Maintain Attachment We Give Up The Self
  • Personality As an Adaptation
Need for Attention From Not Being Fulfilled As A Child
  • Never Feeling Satisfied
  • Sense of Not Being Wanted
  • Living in Disconnection
Process of Compassionate Inquiry
  • Creating Safety for the Client
  • Part of the Self Designs Challenges to Wake Up
  • What to Ask
  • Recognizing the Healthy Self In All People That Cannot Be Damaged
  • Healing As A Natural Process and the Essence of the Self
  • Healing Ability in Every Person
  • Be Unafraid of Emotional Pain
  • How to Help the Client Remove What Is In The Way to Peace
How The Mind Interferes with Hope and Safety
  • Resourceful, Resilient, Strong, Wise, Dynamic Process of Humans
  • Overcoming the Normal Childhood
  • Emotional Memory Triggered in Reactivity
  • Fear As An Implicit Memory
  • Accessing Blocked Memory By Bypassing the Unconscious Mind
Stages of Therapeutic Process
  • Self Observation
  • Understanding How Perception is Rooted in the Past
  • Personal Drama Based in Early Trauma
  • Self Awareness Through Inquiry
  • Developing Presence
Stages of Compassion
  • Ordinary Compassion 
  • Compassion of Truth
  • Compassion of Understanding
  • Compassion of Recognition
  • Compassion of Possibility

Target Audience

  • Psychologists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Case Managers 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Nurses 
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals 

Copyright : 11/01/2018

Part 1: The Biology of Multigenerational Transmission of Trauma

Copyright : 11/01/2018

The Biology of Loss: How to Foster Resilience When Attachments Are Impaired

Bestselling author Gabor Maté has become a leading voice for the destigmatization and compassionate treatment of mental health and addiction. He’s the author of four bestselling books, including When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. 

He’ll discuss how trauma and emotional stress, often hidden below consciousness and interwoven into the very fabric of society, prepare the ground for disease. He'll also explore how to unlock our natural abilities for recovery and healing, particularly at a moment when therapists are struggling in unprecedented ways.

Maté will also cover the core elements of healthy human development and what happens when critical attachments are lost or severed. He will discuss what it really means for humans to be resilient in the face of attachment injuries. What emerges is a new paradigm for relating, grounded in the present moment while not flinching from the past.

Program Information


  1. Measure the impacts of childhood trauma on psychological functioning and well-being in adulthood.  
  2. Differentiate how to uncover early traumatic events of childhood and unconscious feeling states. 
  3. Devise how to cultivate deeper therapeutic presence by bringing awareness to unconscious patterns and processes that may be exacerbating client symptoms. 
  4. Demonstrate how to keep clients engaged in present-moment experiences using a mind-body framework. 
  5. Evaluate recent developments in attachment research and trauma.
  6. Extrapolate how early loss can translate into maladaptive behaviors in adulthood.
  7. Propose 3 examples of skills for building resilience in the face of loss.


  • Defining the impacts of trauma and hidden emotional stressors 
  • Understand the role of stress in the development of disease 
  • Review the stress reaction from the perspective of systems theory 
  • Understanding the nature of resilience as adaptation 
  • The ways in which we can overcome stress and foster resilience 
  • The social context of stress and problematic behaviors 
  • Moving past reaction to understanding origins as adaptations 
  • The attachment drive as a biological necessity 
  • A paradigm for developing resilience in the face of attachment loss

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/19/2021

Psychedelics in Modern Healing

Today there’s growing interest in the use of psychedelic substances, once considered therapeutically off-limits, in the clinical treatment of PTSD, depression, addictions, and a range of other conditions.

The principles on which these healing pathways are based have been shown to be validated by psychoneuroimmunology and interpersonal neurobiology.

This workshop recording will look at the distinctive experiences of both clients and therapists that psychedelics can facilitate.

Program Information


  1. Appraise the differences among various psychedelic substances and their potential uses in a therapeutic setting. 
  2. Investigate the process of introducing and preparing for a psychedelic-based session with clients. 
  3. Assess how to integrate what has been experienced and learned in a psychedelic journey after the session. 


Four Concepts of Therapeutic Psychedelic Use

  • Set & Setting       
    • Most Important Determinants: Set & Setting
    • 1960’s Push for Psychedelics in Treating Mental Health Issues
  • Integration of Experience into One’s Life
    • Psychedelic Experiences Are Not Transformative of Themselves
    • Transformation Comes with Integration
  • Expectations vs. Experience
    • Expectations Get in the Way of Experience
    • Exploring What the Experience Was About
  • Attitude of Curiosity

Psychedelics & Pain

  • Belief that One Cannot Handle Pain
  • Embracing Your Ability to Handle Pain
  • Feeling in a Safe, Held Context
  • Connecting with Oneself

1960’s Cultural Phenomenon & Psychedelics

  • Vietnam War, Racism, “Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30”
  • Young Adult Use of Psychedelics Leads to “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” Situation
  • Repression of Psychedelic Research

Creation of Retreats

  • Focusing on Setting & Integration
  • Increasing Self-Awareness & Self-Processing
  • Creating Shared Community

Psychedelic Drugs

  • Ayahuasca
  • Ketamine
  • MDMA
  • Psilocybin
  • Psychedelics: The Royal Road to the Unconscious

Q&A; Introduction to Andrew Tatarski (Center for Optimal Living)

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/23/2019