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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

Revisioning Trauma, Addiction, and Healing <br>8.25 CE Hours

September 1 - 3, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$390 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

8.25 CE Hours

Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions. Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life.

In his most recent best-selling book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Dr. Gabor Maté shows that addictions do not represent a discrete set of medical disorders. Rather, they reflect the extreme end of a continuum of addictions, most of which are hidden, that runs throughout our society.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the root causes of addiction what is needed on the path to recovery.
  • Formulate a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible
  • Analyze the findings of cutting-edge science and the implications for you and your clients in developing compassionate, supportive, and effective approaches to treatment.

This important weekend provides a transformative opportunity for mental health professionals. Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Gabor Maté, MD

    Addiction and stress expert

    Gabor Maté is a renowned speaker and best-selling author, highly sought-after for his expertise on a range of topics, including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

    Dr. Maté has written several best-selling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction and When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress. He regularly addresses health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America.

    Cofounder of the nonprofit Compassion for Addiction, Dr. Maté has received numerous awards including the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence.



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  • Why Attend
    • Learn the findings of cutting-edge science and the implications for you—and your clients—in developing compassionate, supportive, and effective approaches to treatment.

    • Gain a broader perspective on how stress and our environments contribute to addiction and how to successfully acknowledge and prevent addiction.

    • Discover the real sources of addictions.

    • Explore the false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, etc)

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Friday, September 1, 2017 

    7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Introduction to addiction: what is addiction (and what it is not); what purposes does it serve in people’s life? Why it is neither a choice nor a genetic disease.

    Saturday, September 2, 2017:

    6:30 AM – 7:45 AM: Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM- 8:30 AM: Breakfast

    9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: How addiction arises: the etiology of addiction, in the context of trauma and in light of the new science of brain development. The nature of implicit memory and how it affects addiction.

    Lunch 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch

    1:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Treatment approaches to addiction: from Harm Reduction to abstinence

    Sunday, September 3, 2017

    6:30 AM – 7:45 AM: Yoga and Meditation classes

    7:00 AM- 8:30 AM: Breakfast

    9:00 AM- 11:00 AM: Questions and Answers, processing, group activities
    Note: each of these sessions will involve Q and A periods and some individual and group work.




    None required.

    Experience Level

    Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses. All levels.

    CEs Available

    CEs Available

    This course has been approved for 8.25 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, click HERE.

    Cancellations and Refunds
    If You Cancel

    • If you cancel 14 or more days prior to your arrival date, payments made will be refunded in full (less a $50 processing fee).
    • If you cancel between 13 days and 1 day prior to your arrival date, a nonrefundable credit (less a $50 processing fee) will be held for one year from the date of issue.
    • No credit or refund is available if you cancel on your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
    • No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

    If 1440 Multiversity Cancels

    On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. Should this circumstance arise, you will receive a full refund.

    Participants of approved continuing education courses may register complaints with the approval entity with an option to appeal to their licensing Board if displeased with the results of the process.


    For questions or concerns, please email [email protected], Programming Department.









    Special Interest To

    Mental health professionals and others interested in addiction recovery, as well as those with addiction or affected by addiction

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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