Presentation banner_ .jpg

We offer the following seminars, based on Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s work, for parents and professionals. We can also customize presentations and workshops to meet the needs of your audience. To book a presentation or request our rate, please email or

Presentations for Parents

Presentations for Parents

Patti and Colleen offer a variety of topics that help make sense of children and put parents back in the driver’s seat. How do we impose order without harming the relationship? How do we foster cooperation, resilience, and help our children realize their potential? These presentations are designed to help parents hold onto their kids while creating conditions that will support children and teens to grow and mature.



Presentations for Professional Development

Teaching is getting harder, not easier. This despite the fact that teachers have never been more educated, technology has never been more advanced, curriculum has never been so refined, and pedagogy has never been so honed. Although these factors are important, the true problem in schooling lies elsewhere. Using Dr. Neufeld’s approach, Colleen and Patti Drobot will discuss how educators can help children realize their potential through the power of relationship. They cover a variety of topics to help students flourish.

Brochure for Professionals
About Dr. Gordon Neufeld

About Dr. Gordon Neufeld

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a foremost expert on the developmental paradigm, internationally respected speaker, and author of the award winning book, Hold Onto Your Kids


What parents + educators are saying about our presentations

I just wanted to say thank you to you and to Patti for a really great session yesterday. It was a great compilation and reminder of the things we need to bring together in our lives to become not only effective parents — but also, the things I think we owe to our kids having chosen to bring them into this world.
I wish this was part of some sort of mandatory life skills education taught in schools and university! 🙄
But thankfully, a few of us fortunate ones have found good instructors like you & your sister 🙏🏼
— Parent who attended the workshop: Becoming the Parent Your Children Need: 10 Keys to Self-care to be your children's best bet
Their presentation was clear and well prepared devoid of unnecessary theory but filled with concrete examples, mostly related to their own children.  Both sisters practice what they preach, which makes their parenting lessons all the more reliable.  And the public reacted gratefully, soaking in the sisters’ childrearing recommendations and asking multiple questions.  In the end of the two-hour presentation, nobody wanted to leave.
— Leo Godim, The Jewish Tribute
I was so moved by Patti and Colleen’s presentation. I had tears in my eyes several times. I was riveted with the material and found their examples and personal stories helped me greatly to make sense of Dr. Neufeld’s terms and concepts. I relayed what I learned to my husband and already it has made a difference in how we are approaching our two young children.
— Mother of two children, ages 7 and 9
I’ve had several parents come to me and tell me Colleen and Patti’s presentations based on Dr. Neufeld’s work have been life transforming for them.
— Al Saugstad, Principal of Island Discovery Learning Community
I heard you and your sister speak about children and resistance. It was so wonderful and helpful. A great sigh of relief that this information/approach exists out there in the parenting world. Thank you!
— Parent of two children
I want to thank you wonderful ladies for your great insight and compassion into a subject that is bewildering me to no end. Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability. I left feeing the fog give way and I feel more hopeful than I have in days.
— Parent who attended Making Sense of Preschoolers workshop
I thoroughly enjoyed the “Sibling Rivalry” presentation. You both bring first hand experience  and I think that goes a long way to understanding what parents are trying to cope with. My boys (5 and 7) would thank you if only they knew why mommy has been so much more patient this week!
— Parent who attended Sibling Rivalry talk
I just wanted to say thank you so much for your amazing presentation last night. You were both engaging, funny, authentic, and interesting to listen to. After your workshop I gained a lot more insight into the concepts of will and counterwill - you gave clear examples,and presented the distinctions so well. It is clear that you are both passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. You two have an incredible dynamic together, and I feel that you need to be speaking to audiences of thousands of people!
— Parent who attended “You’re Not the Boss of Me.”