October 10, 2019 – Indigenous Healing Rituals through the Lens of the Science of Attachment and Emotion Part 1 with Denise Findlay

Ceremony has always been part of our First People’s pathway to emotional health and well-being. Ritual and remedy were woven together into a fabric of everyday culture. Only lately have some of these rituals become the object of research in the scientific community. Denise has a unique vantage point as a member of the Squamish Nation, a native participant in ancient healing rituals, a recognized western-based healer among her people, and with a university education in critical thinking. It is from this place that Denise will apply Neufeld’s attachment theory and fresh understandings of emotion to unlock the secrets of some of the more common healing rituals that have been depended upon for millennia.

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Date: Thursday, October 10th, 2019 (PST)

Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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About the Presenters:

Denise Findlay, M.Ed., CPCC, ACC, is an Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Owner of Kweykway Consulting.

Denise is a bi-cultural woman who belongs to the Squamish Nation. She is a Faculty Intern,  Facilitator and Parent Consultant dedicated to supporting adults to make sense of children. Denise works extensively with First Nations in British Columbia and other parts of Canada and is a wife and mother to two highly sensitive, intense and bright boys. Denise’s passion for the Neufeld approach was ignited when she sought support as a parent and experienced Dr. Neufeld’s teachings to be in complete alignment with her deepest intuitions about parenting. Denise has been able to share her insights with Indigenous parents and helping professionals to empower them to be their child’s best bet and to look to traditional approaches to parenting that focus on attachment and life long, whole person development. Denise works with all adults wanting to make sense of children and youth using Dr. Neufeld’s insight and evidence based model of attachment and development to tease apart complex issues. Denise has experience training Educators, Parents and Parent Groups, Social Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Mental Health Practitioners and other Helping Professionals.

Denise provides one-to-one support to adults wanting to make sense of children. She also provides presentations and training for Parents, Educators, Social Workers, and Mental Health Professionals.


Books mentioned during Denise’s talk:

  • “The Mourner’s Dance” information can be found here.

Take moment to watch Denise’s previous sessions with UBC Learning Circle:



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