The Myth of Normal

Presented by Gabor Maté, MD on 10-14-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. 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. Explain the biopsychosocial nature of physical and mental illness.
  2. Recognize 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. Discuss 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

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, LCSW

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

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. 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. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., 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.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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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

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

  • is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo 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. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  •, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  •, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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