ODW Mental Illness or Adaptation with Gabor Maté

ODW Mental Illness or Adaptation with Gabor Maté



This is a 3 hour On Demand Webinar. Access information, resources and CEU information will be available immediately after successful registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Friday, January 7, 2022

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Mental illness, according to the prevailing medical-psychiatric view, is largely rooted in genetic inheritance. But such a perspective is devoid of scientific evidence. It also ignores how mental-emotional distress is both a psychological and physiological response to people’s lived experiences. Furthermore, emotional stress has been shown to cause physical illnesses—from cancer to autoimmune disorders and many other chronic diseases. 

Join renowned speaker, expert and author, Dr. Gabor Maté, for this dynamic, 3-hour live webinar (also available on-demand if you can’t attend). Dr. Maté will share his insights on the relationship between mind and body in his signature honest and empathic style. Together, you’ll explore the role that childhood adversity plays in mental illness and how we adapt or don’t adapt to life’s realities.

This interactive, participatory seminar will show how the entire range of mental “diseases” originates in childhood trauma or adversity. We will explore ways of working with clients to address root causes of mental illness, rather than examining symptoms and behaviours. Dr. Maté will combine scientific research, case histories, and his insights and experience to show you how to help your clients heal.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will be better able to—

  • The psychological and physiological responses that can occur when dealing with difficult or traumatic experience
  • The effects of emotional stress on the body and mind.
  • How emotional stress loss can exist to soothe the pain resulting from that loss.
  • How early childhood experiences sometimes show up later in life and how we’re all affected by our social, cultural, economic, and relational environments.
  • About the nature of life’s difficulties that arise from early childhood adverse experiences


Time Topic Covered
First 90 minutes
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15 minutes
  • Break
Last 90 Minutes
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CE Information

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance. 

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in Accredited Programs in the Above Fields
  • case managers
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices

What level of knowledge the attendee should have in this topic?
– Intermediate/Advanced