The Myth of Normal

Presented by Gabor Maté, MD on 10-14-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

For all our progress in understanding and treating mental illness, it continues to be a subject of misapprehension, prejudice, and stigmatization. The reason for that may be not its strangeness but its familiarity. Very few individuals or families are not touched by at least some aspects of mental dysfunction, some periods of the discouragement, disconnect, and/or anxiety that, on a deeper and more chronic level, characterize the mind states of people diagnosed with certain mental health conditions. And beyond individual experience or predisposition, many factors in our culture conduce to mental malfunction on a broad social scale.

During this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Gabor Maté will explore the causes and "normality" of depression, anxiety, and addictions in our society.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Understand the biopsychosocial nature of physical and mental illness.
  2. Recognize and learn how early childhood coping mechanisms help young children endure stress but can become sources of pathology later in life.
  3. Describe how early experiences shape not only the mind but also the brain.
  4. Develop a deeper understanding of trauma and its impacts on psychology and physiology.
  5. Understand how addiction, depression, anxiety, and other related conditions are often the consequences of early trauma.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. Attendees may also access the web conference on a smartphone or tablet. 

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. 

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

Dr. Mate was well-informed, generous with his time, and extremely forthright in his ability to integrate material with well-timed self-disclosure. - Linda Jame, ACSW

He was very open and honest about his life experiences that lead him to his theories and opinions. It was refreshing. - Traci L Feek, NCSP, LPC

I was very impressed by his humility, honesty, intelligence, and integrity. -Jeanne E. Murphy, LCSW-R

Meet the Presenter

Gabor Maté, MD

Gabor Maté, MD

A well-known speaker, author, and educator, Dr. Gabor Maté is also a medical doctor with more than 20 years of experience in family practice and palliative care. Well-versed in current research in the fields of addiction, stress, and child development, he regularly gives presentations throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. Dr. Maté is an insightful and captivating speaker who incorporates case histories, research, and personal experience into every presentation.

Rather than offering a quick solution for issues that are often complex and long-standing, Dr. Maté strives to enlighten and empower every individual who chooses to embark on their personal journey of healing as well as those who are helping others achieve healing. His message urges compassionate care for those experiencing the emotional and physical pain that often precipitates addiction or addictive behaviors.

Co-founder of the non-profit organization Compassion for Addiction, Dr. Maté is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner, a toolkit to plan and host conversations about drug use and addiction. He spent 12 years working with individuals experiencing severe addiction, other mental health concerns, and HIV in Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, B.C., an area where drug use and mental health issues have had a devastating impact.

Dr. Maté is an adjunct professor on the faculty of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, and he has received several awards and distinctions, among them an Honorary Degree in law from the University of Northern British Columbia and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. 

For more information about Dr. Gabor Maté and his work, please visit www.drgabormate.com.

Dr. Maté’s four best-selling books, listed below, have been published internationally in a number of languages. 

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.