- April 9, 2017
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tickets for the conversation are currently sold out. Tickets for the full weekend, Saturday workshop, or Sunday workshop, not including the conversation, are still available below.
Saturday and Sunday only (does not include conversation) - $330
Saturday or Sunday Workshop only (does not include conversation) - $170
The Friday conversation will be recorded and released as part of our podcast. Please check our website for the podcast release.
For twelve years Dr. Maté was the staff physician at a clinic for drug-addicted people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where he worked with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site. In his most recent bestselling book In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, he shows that their addictions do not represent a discrete set of medical disorders; rather, they merely reflect the extreme end of a continuum of addiction, mostly hidden, that runs throughout our society. In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts draws on cutting-edge science to illuminate where and how addictions originate and what they have in common.
Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain's reward pathways develops and where the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or to behavioral addictions such as shopping or sex.
Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life. More than a disease, the addiction is a response to a distressing life history and life situation. Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.
12 BBS/RN/APA CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN, PsyD) for both days; 6 BBS/RN/APA CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN, PsyD) for one day
A renowned speaker and best-selling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and child development. For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver's Supervised Injection Site.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
California Institute of Integral Studies is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. California Institute of Integral Studies maintains responsibility for this program and its content.