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Digital Seminar

The Myth of Normal in an Insane Culture

Gabor Maté, MD
1 Hour 19 Minutes
Mar 22, 2019
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In this address, Gabor Mate will discuss how in our hyper-stressed, materialistic society, physical and mental illness are not aberrations but natural outcomes of a way of life inimical to genuine human needs.

Treatment, therefore, must go beyond a focus on symptoms and diagnoses to address the causes of dysfunction from a bio-psycho-social perspective.


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Gabor Maté, MD, is a renowned speaker and bestselling author. He is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

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.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

An adjunct professor in the Faculty of Simon Fraser University, Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literacy Non-Fiction; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University, and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Gabor Maté receives compensation as a presenter. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Gabor Maté has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Evaluate the current model of behaviorally focused parenting by highlighting how the failure to promote attachment results in an interference of the development of children's brains.
  2. Investigate how the impact of early childhood adaptability impacts adulthood, leading to adults with greater mental health, medical, and substance abuse problems.
  3. Defend the importance of having a trauma-informed understanding when treating clients and the ability to recognize that trauma underlies many of the problems clients present with in psychotherapy and medical treatment.
  4. Appraise how physical and mental illness are natural outcomes of a way of life inimical to genuine human needs, and the ways in which treatment must go beyond a focus on symptoms to address the causes of dysfunction from a bio-psycho-social perspective.


Limitations of the Medical Model

  • Societal Increase of Drug Overdose, Diseases, Mental Health Issues
  • Mind & Body as Separate
  • Individuals as Separate from One Another
  • Individuals as Separate from Environment
  • Medical Model=Individual Biology
  • Addictions as Personal Choices or Genetic Pre-Disposition

Interpersonal Biology

  • Biopsychosocial Model
  • The Societal Epidemic of Loneliness
  • A Society that Engenders Isolation & Loneliness
  • Human Needs & Stressors

Societal Denial of Human Needs

  • Behavioral-Focused Parenting
  • Failure to Meet Attachment Needs

Brain Development

  • Impact of Environment on Brain Development
  • Impact of Early Childhood Adaptations on Adulthood
  • Quality of Parental Interaction on Psychological & Brain Development


  • Recognizing Childhood Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Care

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals


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