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**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901410

Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Managing The Behaviour Of Young Children Using The Neufeld Developmental Paradigm And Neuroscience

When young children, ages 4 to 7, have problems with their behaviour, adults become very concerned. The most common reactions to tantrums, opposition, and aggression as well as separation anxiety and refusing to listen are to ask, “How can I get them to cut it out?” Or we scramble to find a Social Skills programme to teach them how to manage their emotions and “self-regulate.” However, the key to understanding these young ones lies in realizing that their challenging behaviour is not personal, nor is it a disorder or deficit. It is actually part of a wonderful developmental plan. This workshop will present the developmental profile of these children using both the newest neuroscience and the Neufeld paradigm. Then we consider how to most effectively manage behaviour that can be challenging, and to create an environment that enhances natural growth and development.

Dates:28 May 2024 (Tue)
Time:9.00am – 1.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Eva de Gosztonyi
Eva de Gosztonyi, MA, psychologist, OPQ has worked for over 45 years in schools across Canada. For the past 20 years she was the provincial resource person for the English School Boards of Quebec through the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, helping adults in the school setting provide effective developmental interventions for students with behavioural challenges. Her guiding principles are that we must value the natural maturational processes of our children and youth, respect their immaturity and vulnerability, and understand that safe and caring attachments with adults are essential for their optimal growth. Grounded in a robust theory, the interventions that she recommends to schools are practical and doable and go deeper than just managing symptoms. Her understanding of child development is primarily informed by the attachment-based developmental paradigm of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Interventions are also guided by neuroscience, are trauma-informed and trauma-responsive, and are attachment-based and developmentally friendly. Eva is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and is an authorized presenter of the Neufeld paradigm.
Course Outline
  1. Three natural shortcomings NOT to trip over
    • their untempered nature,
    • their characteristic inconsiderateness, and
    • their ubiquitous separation problems.
  2. Three irreducible needs that must be met
    • to engage in true play,
    • to find true rest, and
    • to have true tears of futility
  3. Three typical problems NOT to nip in the bud
    • tantrums and aggression,
    • resistance and oppositionality,
    • shyness and timidity
  4. Common mistakes NOT to make
    • Expecting them to solve their own problems
    • Pushing independence
    • Expecting good social skills
    • Focusing on performance rather than process
  5. Interventions (discipline) that respect the nature of young children
    • Building attachment
    • Providing structure and routine
    • Encouraging ample time for play
  6. Interventions (discipline) with challenging students
    • Preserving attachment
    • Managing the environment
    • Providing alternatives
    • Having realistic expectations
Course Objectives

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the key characteristics of children ages 4 to 7 and those whose development is delayed.
  2. Make the link between brain development and these characteristic behaviours.
  3. Explain why behaviours that are often called “misbehaviours” are in reality normal for children ages 4 to 7.
  4. Explain the role of play in brain development.
  5. Explain the role of play in terms of the development of the self.
  6. Explain the importance of play for emotional well-being.
  7. Create conditions within a classroom to foster emergent and emotional play.
  8. Describe appropriate developmental interventions (discipline) for all young children.
  9. Describe appropriate developmental interventions for young children with behaviour problems.
Who Can Benefit?

This workshop is appropriate for those teaching pre-school students (ages 4 to 7) and special education groups, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, administrators and mental health professionals.


“It’s probably the 3rd time I’ve heard her, and I always take away something new.”

“This approach can complement and even improve other approaches. Trainer is very generous in sharing her experience and resources.”

“Her enthusiasm makes all types of new interventions not seem so out of this world, and possible.”

Course Fees & Closing Dates

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901410

  1. UTAP funding is only applicable to NTUC union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above; this will apply from 9 January 2024 to 31 March 2025) each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP. This excludes SkillsFuture Credit utilisation and other government subsidies.
  2. Union Members Eligibility for UTAP Application (https://www.ntuc.org.sg/skillsupgrade)
    1. Union member must commence the course within UTAP approved period.
    2. Union member must achieve minimum attendance (75%) for the course based on existing Government regulations and sit for all prescribed examination(s) if any.
    3. Union member must submit claims via UTAP system within 6 months after course completion.
    4. Union member must not claim full funding through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
    5. Union member must have paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout the entire course duration and at the point of claim.
  3. Should trainees have queries on the UTAP funding scheme, they can email to UTAP@e2i.com.sg or use the Live Chat function to enquire on membership matters
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
20 Apr 2024 180
Normal Till Full 220