Heart Matters: The Science of Emotion

A 5 session course created by The Neufeld Institute

Emotions are Nature's way of taking care of us. In today's society, we often don't know what to do with children's emotions. When we are overwhelmed by their big emotions, we often tell them to "calm down" or to "figure out a better way" to express their frustration/anger/outrage.

What if we better understood and respected the important work of emotion? What if we could provide the conditions for "heart health" in our children?

In Heart Matters: The Science of Emotion we will dive deep into the world of emotion. We will come to understand how to support our children in their emotional health and well-being, which, in turn, provides the conditions necessary for maturation to occur.

If your child has lots of aggression, frustration or anxiety, or is immature and stuck, this course is for you.

Topics Covered Include:

  • how to foster and restore emotional health and well-being
  • the role of the prefrontal cortex in emotional development
  • the six signs of a child in emotional trouble
  • why emotional expression is necessary and what happens when it is thwarted
  • what keeps emotions from being felt and how to remove these impediments
  • how emotional eruptions are at the root of most problem behavior
  • why emotional expression must not adversely affect a child’s working attachments
  • the construct and purpose of emotional defense
  • how the capacity for mixed feelings (impulse control) develops and why this capacity is so important
  • how empathy, courage, patience and self-control are the fruit of healthy development and how these virtues can be fostered
  • how aggression and bullying stem from emotional problems
  • how to handle difficult feelings in children and ourselves
  • why emotion can become depressed and how to reverse this process
  • what happens when feelings get hurt too much
  • why the pursuit of happiness doesn’t work
  • why children need to learn the language of the heart and how this language can be taught
  • the role of emotional conflict in developing the capacity to reflect

Class Format:

When you register for class, you will receive a 3-month membership to the Neufeld Online Campus. On Campus, you will access the weekly video lecture for each session, to be viewed at your convenience before each class meeting. The online class meetings (9-10am PST) will be the time where we dive deep, unpack and explore questions about each week's material.

Each online session will be recorded, so if you have to miss a class or if you live in a time zone that is incompatible with attending live, you won't miss anything. Each class recording will be available for ten days after the live class has occurred.

In addition to class video access, your membership to the Neufeld Online Campus gives you access to a huge amount of resources, including articles, webinars, book recommendations and so much more.