The Wisdom We're Born With: Restoring Faith in Ourselves and Our Clients

Presented by Daniel Gottlieb, PhD on 06-06-2014 at 9 a.m. Pacific to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

All babies and toddlers have the ability to experience love, compassion, and awe in the ordinary. By the time children are in middle school, they become more self-absorbed and begin to lose touch with that “inner wisdom,” and over the course of one’s lifetime, that quiet truth can fall silent. But every trauma, disappointment, or loss is an opportunity to ask the big questions about the meaning and purpose of life that open the door to reclaiming that wisdom. If we can reawaken it in ourselves, we can help reawaken it in those we work with. The wisdom we were born with is what ultimately heals us.

This open and experiential workshop will be led by Dan who has experienced multiple traumas in his life including quadriplegia, substance abuse in the family, and the deaths of his sister and his wife. Understanding that wisdom is mostly about perspective, we will use that perspective to ask and answer the important questions in our lives and in the lives of those we treat.

This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Assess the “wisdom” of infants and toddlers, along with their ability to experience love, delight, joy, and compassion;
  2. Analyze how the development of ego and identity lead to striving and how that can be either adaptive or maladaptive;
  3. Describe how to look at our own lives and evaluate and explore the ability to experience our own wisdom;
  4. Assist those in therapy to develop faith in the process and in themselves by modeling that faith ourselves.

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Event Reviews from Members

His personal insights into his life experiences were very helpful. -Megan Hopkins, LPC

Dr. Gottlieb is an amazing human being. I remember feeling the same after his last presentation a couple of years ago. I have already referred a number of friends and clients to his radio recordings. -Allene Kaplan, MA, LMFT

I enjoyed listening to the speaker interact with an early caller who was having struggles of her own. I was also impressed with his humility - Daniel Gottlieb - human! -Jill Denton, LMFT, CSAT, CCS

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is also 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., provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours. 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. 

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Meet the Presenter

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD, graduated from Temple University with a degree in psychology and began a practice in 1969. Specializing in addictions, he acted as director for the Community Treatment Center in Philadelphia. This early stage of his career seemed perfect; he enjoyed his success and the time he spent with his two young daughters. A decade later, Dan was in a severe car accident that left him paralyzed from his chest down, and he spent years depressed and in a state of despair. But his loss wasn’t over, it was just beginning. Dan's wife left him and then passed away several years later. Next, he mourned the loss of his parents and sister. For the last thirty years, Dan has become an observer of life with greater passion. His firsthand experiences have taught him how adversity can help us learn to live and love better.

Dan has been hosting a call-in radio show titled “Voices in the Family” on WHYY 90.9 FM in Philadelphia, since 1985. He also wrote the column “Inside Out” for the Philadelphia Inquirer between 1993 and 2008. The column reflected his perspective on world events and the hearts and minds of people. Dan has published four books and is the international bestselling author of Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life. His new book is titled The Wisdom We’re Born With: Restoring Faith in Ourselves. All royalties from this book will be donated to the Khulani School in South Africa, a school for disabled children.

He is a well-known, respected national speaker on the well-being of people and the larger community. Dan has identified that alienation and loneliness are our greatest sources of suffering and that all people crave understanding, compassion, and human contact. His life's work is summarized in the statement, "I teach kindness," and his business card demonstrates his philosophy: There are no fancy titles after his name, it simply states “Gottlieb. Human.”

For more information about Dan and his work, please visit his website.

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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