“An essential read for educators and for all concerned with the mentoring of our young.”
Gabor Maté, MD, CM
International best-selling author of Scattered Minds

Bring the book to life!

Why Children Are More Anxious, Aggressive, and Shut Down Than Ever—And What We Can Do About It

This online video series is a companion guide that will put principles into action for educators and community change-makers around the world that want to create lasting change from the inside-out, even if you haven't read the book yet!

Children are more anxious, aggressive, and shut down than ever.

Faced with this epidemic of emotional health crises and behavioural problems, teachers are asking themselves what went wrong.

More importantly: What can we do about it?

That’s why we built this series.

This series is a trauma-sensitive guide to restoring the student-teacher relationship and creating the conditions for lasting change. It empowers teachers with attachment-based strategies for building emotional and social health in their learning communities.

This 12- session online educational series expands the definition of safe schools and provides insights and attachment-based strategies for how we can shift and support students and classrooms. We explore the vital role of emotional safety, shed light on what is behind some of the challenging behaviours we see in our classrooms, and look to practices that can help us restore and awaken caring feelings in our students.

Be part of something bigger

By joining this series you will be part of a community of educators and change-makers from all around the world!
We look forward to guiding you through this series.
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In this series you'll learn:

• How to build, feed, and protect the student-teacher  relationship.

• Why children are anxious or bossy, aggressive or checked out, and what teachers can do to address these behavioral issues at their root.

• How you can help students and classes shift their identity as the “problem student” or “bad class".

• Understanding what’s behind the behavior & how to help.

• How to create the conditions for change.

• How we can build thriving learning communities.
Hannah Beach and Tamara Strijack Neufeld

What's included:

12 Video Sessions

 Strategies to shift and support students and classrooms. 

75 Minutes

Each session is approximately 75 minutes in length. 

Individual or Group

Learn at your own speed 
or in a group setting.

Use Any Device

Take your course on the go on any phone, tablet, or computer!

"Out of all the Pro D I have taken in my life as well as advocating for services for my students; nothing has been as helpful and impactful as this series!

Although I have never met Hannah and Tamara, I feel as though I have been on a long rewarding journey with them! I have enjoyed every session and especially loved their personal stories. Each week I have taken on their ‘challenges’ and have spent many hours reflecting on my teaching practices in this light.

The take away knowledge and understandings have given me a new sense of empowerment. I have the tools to create a safe classroom community which supports all my learners, but is especially compassionate and inclusive to those who have feelings of anxiousness or have experienced trauma.

From the bottom of my heart, I am thankful for the work they do to inspire us educators to create safe classroom learning environments, to encourage us to care first and foremost for our students’ emotional well being and for their passion and willingness to share their experience and knowledge with us."

Chelsea Badger
Teacher, British Columbia, Canada

Designed for the individual, schools and groups

We offer several options for you to customize your professional development experience.
Maybe you just want to know more about one topic.

Or perhaps you wish for a few sessions to explore a broader theme.

On the other hand, you may be ready to dive in for the whole discovery journey or purchase a site-license so you can share with your whole team.

Whether you wish to dip a toe in the water or fully immerse yourself or your team - we welcome you!

Join us as we move from insight into practice and transform our learning communities from the inside out.

"Fostering school communities of care and compassion is a central tenet of our District Strategic Plan. We are looking for timely and dynamic resources, to bring healthy staff-student relationships and social emotional capacity for all, into the centre of our conversations. Reclaiming Our Students is such a resource!"
Richard Matthews
District Counsellor, Cowichan Valley School District

    Topics we'll be covering on your 
journey to becoming a change-maker

From stuck to unstuck: creating the conditions for change

Session 1: Learning to read what’s needed for change

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When we can find the conditions that work for a child, they have the opportunity to thrive. A child’s behaviour may tell us that something is not right—and this behaviour is a little window into the child’s internal world. It helps us see when something is not working (or is!) for a child. In order to create the conditions for change, we must understand where change comes from. This session will lay the groundwork for the developmental lens that provides insight into how true change happens from the inside out. This paradigm shift can be a game-changer.
Session 2: Creating an environment of emotional safety

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Emotional safety is not only the foundation of all learning, it is the foundation of inclusive classrooms. When we are able to create the conditions for children to feel safe in their learning environment, not only will their receptiveness to learning grow, but their openness to one another will as well. Enveloped in safety, children can begin to discover both themselves and the ‘other’.
Session 3: Becoming the leader our students need

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Relationship is an integral part of creating the emotional safety kids need to learn and grow. Relationship is a big buzzword in the educational world – but what type of relationship is it that our students need from us in order to feel safe? And how is it that we can create this relationship with our students? Discover how to develop and protect these relationships, even with our most challenging students.

Understanding what’s behind the behavior & how to help

Session 4: Not safe to feel: unpacking the role of emotion and defense

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Our schools often frame behavioural problems as disciplinary issues that must be “fixed,” rather than understanding them as an indication that a child has an emotional need that needs to be filled. As humans, we are emotional beings … but what is the purpose of emotion? And what happens when we lose access to our feelings? As educators, when we understand the link between emotion and behaviour, we can better respond. This session sets the stage for unpacking the common challenges we experience with children.
Session 5: Aggression: what’s behind the behavior & how to help

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A child’s behaviour tells us something about their inner world. Drawing on the developmental insights of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, we will explore some of what is behind the challenging behaviours that we see in our students. What’s the emotion behind aggression? What can we do to
address aggression at its root instead of getting caught up in the cycle of managing symptoms? This session will explore the emotion behind aggression as well as look to ways we can reduce outbursts in our classrooms.
Session 6: Anxiety: what’s behind the behavior & how to help

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Humans have a built-in survival kit, which is meant to respond to perceived threats and keep us safe. Generally speaking, this response serves us quite well, especially when the threat is obvious and occasional. When our alarm system is working as it should it can be incredibly helpful to keep us safe, but what happens when the threat does not go away? Our children are often entering our classrooms in survival mode and bringing with them the behaviours that make it challenging for us to take the lead and build relationships with them. This session will explore the roots of anxiety and offer practical suggestions for how we can support children to find emotional rest.
Session 7: Attention problems: what’s behind the behavior & how to help

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Attention problems are on the rise. From a child whose head appears to be in the clouds to kids who constantly disrupt in class. Where does this inability to focus come from? Why do some children lack impulse control? And what can we do to engage these children in their learning? This session will explore the roots of attention problems and examine developmental strategies for change.
Session 8: Resistant or bossy: what’s behind the behavior & how to help

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This workshop will explore two common dynamics that can make teaching challenging. We will examine the emotion behind bossy behaviour and how we can help to alleviate the weight these children carry. We will also explore what lies behind resistance. What is the role of counterwill and how does an understanding of this dynamic help us to shift the resistance? This session will shed light on the developmental science behind these behaviours and offer practical suggestions we can use in our classrooms.
Session 9: Shut down or bully behaviour: what’s behind the behavior & how to help

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It’s really hard to engage a child in learning when they don’t seem to care about anything. It can be even harder when students are bullying each other in the classroom. Common to both of these challenges is a lack of caring. What can we do to bring back these caring feelings? Understanding where this defense comes from can help us to come alongside our most troubled students, and in the process, to create emotional safety for the entire learning community.
Towards thriving students and learning communities
Session 10: Shifting the negative identity of a child or a group

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Children can get stuck in roles that prevent them from thriving. This is especially true for the kids who are the most emotionally blocked and are labelled as ‘problem kids’ due to their behavioural challenges. How children see themselves has a huge impact on who they are and who they will grow to be. This session will shed light on the various ways that we can help children to experience themselves differently so that their identity can expand, as well as exploring practical strategies to create a positive collective identity as a class.
Session 11: Waking up: Restoring and awakening caring feelings

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There is a new awareness dawning in understanding the profound effect that the arts can have on the emotional health and well-being of our students and communities. From the very beginning of time—adults and children alike have been expressing themselves through the arts. We
have a deep need to express what is inside of us so that we may become known and make visible our inner worlds. Through this expression we can come to experience our humanity together. This session will shed light on how we can use the arts as extraordinary tools to unite our students in their shared humanity and build more inclusive classrooms – from the inside out.
Session 12: Creating a village

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Empathic, inclusive, and more caring learning communities are within our reach. But we cannot do this alone. We need to bring back the village. How can we intentionally harness the power of attachment to grow a child’s community? What practices can we introduce that can expand our own network of support? We will examine Neufeld’s attachment rituals of collecting, bridging and matchmaking and explore strategies that can build community and transform our school cultures.
"Hannah and Tamara are a team! Their warm and lively presentation of the material served as a living example of their principles. We were witnesses to a dance that flowed effortlessly as first one and then the other took the lead in teaching. Mutual respect, knowledge of one another, fluid familiarity with their subject, and heartfelt warmth created an atmosphere ideal for learning. The material was presented clearly and theory was made accessible by use of personal stories and examples. Hannah and Tamara offer a path to healing. They passionately care about their students, both children and adults. This was evident in their warm connection with us, the material and each other. Bravo! The twelve weeks flew by."
Laina Clugston, M.A.
Teacher, ChildCare Consultant, South Freeport, Maine

Let's get started! Build your customized learning package: 

for personal 
Purchase courses individually or 
the full 12-session series. Lifetime Access.

for school boards, 
schools and groups
Purchase a site license for your group size. 
Buy one session for viewing or the full 12-session series.

"Thank you both for the most valuable Professional Development series. I have been relishing each week more and more!

The power of your activities in releasing expression and activating caring feelings has been so remarkable to witness. I also really loved hearing you talk about holding positive belief in our children and seeing their potential now. Thank you very much for sharing your insight and experience."
Anna Freedman
Design Thinking Coach for Children & Young People, London, UK
"Almost overnight, this course literally changed the way I teach. 

I would highly recommend it to anyone that is having trouble reaching their students. Hannah and Tamara are amazing instructors and have a wealth of knowledge."
Kelly Neville
Educational Assistant, Kingston, Ontario

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