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The Power of Connection | Gabor Maté, MD | 67 Minutes | Live Audience | Filmed in Sacramento, California


For the first time, Dr. Gabor Maté will take you on a journey of discovery; weaving together common struggles we all experience through his unique perspective. Topics include: The epidemic of addiction, childhood trauma, parenting, the mind-body connection, relationships, communication failures, common misconceptions, as well as his thoughts on where society and politics intermix.

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the crucial role that connection plays in every aspect of life. Gabor describes the role of connection at the earliest stage of life, where connection with caregiving parent is crucial for survival. How these early parent-child interactions occur impacts how the brain and its neural pathways develop, and influences our emotions, the development of our immune system, our communication and coping strategies later in life, our risks of addiction, serious illness such as asthma, MS, arthritis and cancer, and more.

Gabor skillfully weaves together the medical, scientific, and psychological research on how brain and body interact, and how our relationships affect that development, and paints a picture that helps us understand why and how we behave, and how our perceptions influence our world… but before that, how the world influences our perceptions.

This one-hour video and accompanying written material provide an excellent introduction to Gabor’s perspective on the absolute necessity of connection to healthy existence, and how deficits in connection early in life influence everything from our bodies, to politics, to society. He ends by encouraging us to consider what changes we could make and what we’d need to do to begin to make those changes.

Wholehearted Publishing
Product Type
Video + Booklet
General public, SUD counselors, Medical & Mental Health Professionals
C.E. Info
2 CE hours (CCAPP and CAMFT)
Recognized By
Video 67 minutes (2019) 1 Lesson
Book 12 page booklet

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the meaning of “safety” in the role of therapeutic connection
  • Describe the role of attunement on development of the endorphin and dopamine systems
  • Explain the relationship between asthma and stress hormones
  • Describe how the immune system is suppressed by stress