Scattered Minds with Gabor Maté

Thursday May 14th, 2015

Scattered Minds: Living With & Caring for Individuals Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD

Based on the book Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder (U.S. title: Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It)

The diagnosis of attention deficit disorder, or AD(H)D (with or without hyperactivity), is burgeoning. Nearly three million children in the U.S. take stimulant medications for this condition, while in Canada the number of Ritalin prescriptions has more than quintupled in the last decade.

The prevailing medical model of ADHD views it as an inheritable illness. In his bestselling Scattered Minds Gabor Maté rejects a narrow genetic perspective – and this despite the fact that he has been diagnosed with ADD himself, as have two of his children. He shows that while genetic predisposition may play a role, it is by no means decisive.

Neurobiological research has clearly demonstrated that the development of the human brain is not genetically determined but rather is significantly influenced and shaped by the environment. An increase in societal and parental stress, affecting the developing highly susceptible brains of infants -- as opposed to some sudden, highly implausible proliferation of an “ADD gene” on a large scale -- is responsible for the increasing number of cases now being diagnosed among children and adults.

Such a biopsychosocial view has profound implications for the treatment of AD(H)D and related developmental disorders in both children and adults. The circuitry and physiology of the brain are affected by the environment not only during critical periods of early childhood development, but throughout the human lifetime. Medications may be part of the overall treatment plan, but they should not necessarily be the primary, and never the only, line of treatment. Too often, symptom-control approaches actually undermine what should be the long-term goal: neurobiological and psychological development.

Topics covered:
1. How to recognize AD(H)D: symptoms and signs;
2. The psychological/emotional characteristics of AD(H)D;
3. How the human brain develops in interaction with the environment;
4. Understanding the behaviours of the ADD child and adult;
5. The uses, misuses, dangers and limitations of medications;
6. The use and abuse of medications in treating AD(H)D;
7. The AD(H)D student in the classroom;
8. How to promote healthy development at any age.

Conference Details:
9am – 4pm Thursday, May 14
Regular Price $200
Group Discount (6 or more) $170 each

Conference registration fees include lunch and refreshments. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on this registration form.

Please make Cheques payable to:
Knowles Centre Inc.
2065 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB R2G 1P7
Fax: 204-334-4173

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Conference located at, and accommodations provided by
Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel,
1415 Regent Ave West, Winnipeg, MB
204-667-5560        1-888-332-2623

Parking: There is free parking at the venue

Receipts: Receipts will be distributed as payments are received or at the registration desk. Certificates of attendance will be available upon request after the conference.

Cancellation / Refund Policy: If unable to attend, we will be happy to refund the full amount paid minus a 15% administration fee if notified in writing or by email prior to April 30th, 2015., OR a substitution may be made.
Praise for Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder:

“Those with ADD, their loved ones and their physicians will profit from reading this book. People who do not yet know they have it will have their lives transformed."

Canadian Medical Association Journal

“Maté's argument is organic, a refreshing change from the medicalized and mechanistic models dominating the debate.  You won't find a drug chart or Seven Easy Steps to the Road Less Scattered here. You will find family stories, an accessible description of brain development and sound information.  You will also find hope."

The Globe and Mail

“In one of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Maté , a Canadian physician and popular medical columnist, challenges many accepted notions about the condition, which afflicts more than three million children and a significant number of adults…   In the closing pages of this well-documented but sure-to-be-controversial book, he effectively hammers home his suspicions about the possible over-prescription of Ritalin and other drugs to control rather than heal children, and proposes that, in some cases, emotional support, patience and love can be more powerful remedies than chemicals."

Publisher’s Weekly

“Utterly sensible and deeply moving…  Dr. Maté offers an original and helpful theory about a condition whose diagnosis has spread like wildfire in North America. Until now, the medical profession has mostly proclaimed attention deficit disorder as a hereditary genetic disease and prescribed a drug called Ritalin by the bucketful."

Vancouver Sun

“Maté challenges the standard view of ADD [and] asks questions that deserve to be considered about a debilitating disorder—and the kind of society in which is flourishes."


“Enlightening and sensitively told [with] a much needed focus on adults and adolescents with ADHD...  For someone who is wondering if their own lack of attention, impulsiveness, distractibility, or hyperactivity may be ADHD, this would be a good read.“

Winnipeg Free Press

“Scattered Minds [is] necessary reading for anyone who lives with the effects of ADD, in himself or in others; it's an encouraging and reassuring approach."

The Chronicle-Journal (Thunder Bay, ON)

“Since reading this book, I have found myself being more aware of my parenting style.  I will consider his advice of always thinking of the long term objectives for my son’s development when parenting him, rather than using short term approaches to controlling his behaviour.  This will be a book to keep on the shelf for future reference."

Synergy Magazine (Vancouver Island, BC)
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