Knowles Centre is proud to present a professional development conference featuring Dr. Gabor Maté. The conference is now sold out, but if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact us.
Compassion Fatigue & The Myth of Normal
Compassion Fatigue: Trauma & Recovery Across the Lifespan
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Though compassion fatigue is an oft-used phrase, how accurate is it? Does one truly become fatigued by feeling, expressing, or manifesting compassion?
This workshop will explore the deeper source of the well-known phenomenon of burnout, when people engaged in caring for others experience a depletion of their energies, a psychic and physical lassitude. That deeper source, it will be demonstrated, is to be found in the personal history of the individual and his or her relationship to the work, not merely in the nature of the work itself.
Practices will be taught to prevent what is knowns as compassion fatigue, and to restore our energies if we have been affected by it.
The Myth of Normal: Depression, Anxiety and Addictions from a New Perspective
Friday, January 31, 2014
For all our progress in understanding and treating mental illness, it continues to be a subject of misapprehension, prejudice and stigmatization. The reason for that may be not its strangeness but its familiarity. Very few individuals or families are not touched by at least some aspects of mental dysfunction, some periods of the discouragement, disconnect or anxiety that, on a deeper and more chronic level, characterizes the mind state of the mentally ill. And beyond individual experience or predisposition, many factors in this stressed and confused culture conduce to mental malfunction on a broad social scale. This talk will explore the causes and “normality” of depression, anxiety and addictions in our society.
About Dr. Gabor Maté
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.
Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.
For more information on Dr. Maté, please visit his website
The conference is located at the Canad Inns Club Reagent Casino Hotel, 1415 Regent Ave. West
9am - 4pm Thursday, January 30: Compassion Fatigue
Regular Registration $200
9am - 4pm Friday, January 31: The Myth of Normal
Regular Registration $200
Attend both and SAVE!
January 30 & 31: Compassion Fatigue & The Myth of Normal
Regular Registration $325
Conference registration fees include lunch and breaks.
Group and student rates are available, please call for more information.
The conference is now sold out, however, if you would like to added to the waiting list, please contact us.
Please mail or fax registration to:
Knowles Centre Inc.
2065 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB R2G 1P7
To register via email or telephone, or for more information, please contact Craig Ebbers at
or call (204) 339-1951 ext 160.
Accomodations provided by:
Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel , 1415 Regent Avenue West, Winnipeg, MB
“Gabor Maté’s connections – between the intensely personal and the
global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the
political – are bold, wise and deeply moral.”
Naomi Klein, Author & Award-winning Journalist
“Gabor Maté is a common-sense doctor and truth-teller. By looking at causes and their effects, he helps you find your way home.”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Author, Activist, Alcoholic”