Speaker Bio & Presentations
Dr. Gabor Maté
Gabor Maté (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection; Scattered: How ADD Originates and What You Can Do About It; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.
Presentations & Workshops
Compassionate Inquiry Workshop
Compassionate Inquiry is a psychotherapeutic method developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world.
Using Compassionate Inquiry, the therapist unveils the level of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories, and body states that form the real message that words both express and conceal. Through Compassionate Inquiry, the client can recognize the unconscious dynamics that run their lives and how to liberate themselves from them.
Dr. Maté will model the process of Compassionate Inquiry with course participants and instruct therapists in the practice of this powerful technique to help clients access deep healing and transformation. This will be both an experiential, participatory workshop where participants will be guided through their own personal process, as well as a training to teach the method of Compassionate Inquiry to health professionals, therapists, and social workers.
You will learn:
- How to cultivate presence, being with what is
- To bring attention to body signals in clients and yourself
- To enhance your perception of what is not being revealed overtly
- To enable clients to access emotional states through body awareness
- How to create and maintain a safe sacred space between client and therapist
- How to facilitate the expression of what has remained unexpressed
- How to keep a client engaged in present moment experience
- The importance of patience, respect, and choice in the therapeutic process
- How to uncover early traumatic events of childhood and unconscious feeling states through compassionate inquiry
- To decode the unconscious beliefs that contribute
Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture
Based on The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture, the title of Dr. Maté's next book, being released September 13 2022 and available for pre order now.
Half of North American adults suffer from chronic illness a fact Western medicine views largely in terms of individual predispositions and habits.
Western medicine imposes two separations, neither tenable scientifically.
First, it separates mind from the body, largely assuming that most chronic illnesses have nothing to do with people's emotional and psychological experiences. And yet, a large and irrefutable body of research has clearly shown that physiologic and behavioural functioning of human beings can be understood only if we integrate our body functions with those of the mind: functions such as awareness, emotions, our interpretations of and responses to events, and our relationships with other people.
Second, Western practice views people's health as separate from the social environment, ignoring social determinants of health such as class, gender, economic status, and race.
Such factors, in reality, are more important influences on health and longevity than individual predispositions and personal factors such as genes, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and so on.
This talk shows how a society dedicated to material pursuits rather than genuine human needs and spiritual values stresses its members, undermines healthy child development, and dooms many to chronic illness, from diabetes to heart disease, from autoimmune conditions to cancer.
You will learn to:
- Identify two separations imposed by Western Medicine on the health and wellbeing of the population
- Name three chronic conditions that are correlated with stressful social environments
- Describe one shift in focus that would support a healthier population
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