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Gabor and Daniel Maté: A Fresh Start for Parents and their Adult Children

Public Event

Friday, November 22, 2019
7:00pm to 9:00pm

SFU Woodwards – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Tiered tuition

November 23-24
SFU Harbour Centre, Segal Rooms
515 West Hastings St.

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Father-and-son Gabor and Daniel Maté will lead a candid and probing inquiry into what it means to outgrow and transform past-based dynamics in adult parent-child relationships.

The American teacher and author Ram Dass once said, “If you think you’re so enlightened, go spend a week with your parents.” Family relationships are often fraught with complexity, and the unique relationship between parent and child can be challenging well into adulthood. Old dynamics have a way of clouding our views of one another in the present, giving rise to unpleasant reactions and interactions. Sometimes we seek to avoid conflict by keeping each other at an emotional arm’s length, creating yet another impediment to genuine connection.

Moving beyond these repetitive patterns would free us up to relate to one another in the present and enjoy the many benefits of an authentic relationship. But how?

This program examines the historical source of old patterns with compassion, humour and insight, and—most importantly—helps to clear the way for a new relationship, unencumbered by what came before.

For twelve years Dr. Gabor Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner. Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Dr. Maté is the author of several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and is co-author of Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Daniel Maté is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and educator, recently returned to Vancouver after ten years in New York City. He is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Prize for Lyrics, a Jonathan Larson Grant, and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for Excellence in Music and Lyrics, and was recently named Touchstone Theatre’s Composer/Lyricist-in-Residence for the coming year, thanks to a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Daniel has designed and led songwriting workshops for young people and adults in inner-city schools and recovery homes from Brooklyn to South Central Los Angeles. Locally he has taught masterclasses at Capilano University and at Vancouver-area high schools. Daniel has also narrated audiobook versions of three of his father’s best-selling books, winning AudioFile Magazine’s Earphones Award for his reading of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts. He lives in East Vancouver with his wife Dr. Tanya Maté, N.D.