Deborah is authorized to teach all of the Neufeld material and regularly presents to parents, child care providers, educators, and mental health care professionals.

The underlying aim of all presentations is to help adults make sense of kids, especially when dealing with emotional, behavioural and/or learning issues. From common parenting topics to complex mental health issues, the goal is to understand a child or adolescent from the inside out.

Presentations focus on getting to the root of the issues as well as strategies for making headway with adults in the lead.  They are based on developmental science and integrate research as well as best practice from attachment science, neuroscience, developmental psychology, and cultural tradition.

To book a presentation please send a request through the contacts page.

For a list of Deborah’s speaking engagements please see Events


For a complete list of presentations and descriptions please see Presentation PDF. 


  • Nourish: Why Food and Relationship Belong Together
  • Gut Feelings: Making Sense of the Skin Within
  • Why Relationships Matter in Cultivating School Culture

Popular presentations include:

  • Setting Kids Up for Learning Success: The Role of Home
  • Holding Onto Kids: Preserving Connection and Preventing Peer Orientation
  • Making Sense of Anxiety
  • Raising Children in a Digital World
  • The Natural Roots of Self Esteem
  • What to do with Children’s Feelings?
  • The Teachability Factor: Natural Contexts to Harness Student Learning
  • Alpha Children: Who’s in Charge?
  • Making Sense of Young Childrenplenum
  • Tears, Tempers, and Turmoil: Understanding Frustration and Aggression
  • Relational Matters: Cultivating Strong Connections with Kids
  • The Art of Play: Helping Children Become their Own Persons
  • You’re Not the Boss of Me: Understanding Resistance and Opposition
  • Discipline that Doesn’t Divide
  • Bullying: A New Approach to an Enduring Problem
  • Cultivating Caring Children: The Roots of Social Responsibility
  • Making Sense of Adolescence