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Normal abnormal, an event by Dr. Gabor Maté
  • Dr. Gabor Maté
    Medic si expert renumit, specializat in adictii, trauma, dezvoltarea copilului si relatia stres-boala



Day 1 (16 Oct 2022) – How to restore a healthy balance in Adult–Child Relationship

8:00-9:00 Participants registration*

9:00-9:15 Event Opening

9:15-11:00 Presentation including Q&A (I)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break and book signing

30-13:15 Presentation including Q&A (II)

13:15-14:30 Lunch Break & book signing

14:30-16:15 Presentation including Q&A (III)

16:15-17:15 One on one stage talk: Dr. Gabor Maté & Diana Vasile

17:15 Day 1 Closing


Day 2 (17 Oct 2022) – The Myth of Normal

8:00-9:00 Participants registration*

9:00-11:00 Presentation including Q&A (I)

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break and book signing

11:30-13:15 Presentation including Q&A (II)

13:15-14:30 Lunch Break & book signing

14:30-16:15 Presentation including Q&A (III)

16:15 Event Closing


*Including Zoom participants
All times are in GMT+2


Included in the fee

  • Event acces;
  • Coffee breaks;
  • Handouts (will be sent online);
  • Opportunity to get signed copy of dr. Maté’s books – available at the event;
  • Event recordings** (available at a later date).

** See Recordings section



Dr. Maté will speak in English and simultaneous translation in Romanian will be available for both live and zoom participants.


Day 1 – How to restore a healthy balance in Adult – Child Relationship

“Love is not enough” says dr. Maté when he talks about what we can offer to our children. What is it then? Why?

On Day 1, dr. Maté engages us in understanding how the brain develops, the implications of how different factors – including parenting – influence who we are, how we define ourselves, how we behave, see, and experience the world.

“First the world develops our minds and with our minds we develop the world”. Dr. Maté helps us learn what we can do, individually and collectively to provide the right conditions for the healthy development that set our kids for life.


Day 2 – The Myth of Normal

What is “normal”? Why western countries with advanced healthcare systems are seeing an upsurge in chronic illness and general ill health?

Dr. Maté has come to recognize the prevailing understanding of “normal” as false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health.

Dr. Maté dissects the causes of this situation and connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living.

He argues that disease is a natural reflection of life in an “abnormal” culture as we grow further and further away from our true selves. But he also shows us the pathway to reconnection and healing.

What can be done about it? What can we do about it?


About the event

  • Dr. Maté will be offering a mixture of didactic presentation and Q&A sessions with participants;
  • Dr. Maté will be answering questions live, subject to limitations due to time available and the number of participants;
  • Zoom participants can write questions in the chat and a facilitator will pass them to dr. Maté within the limitations described above;
  • Confidentiality is very important for our event. Please do not share any private session content or information with anyone;
  • If you have any concerns, please reach out to the ISTT team at We are here to support you.


About Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté (pronounced GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.

The bestselling author of four books published in thirty languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.

His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No. The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. Gabor’s latest book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture is due to be published in Autumn 2022. To learn more, join his e-news here: https://www.drgaborMaté.com.




  • Your registration includes access to recordings of the event, so that these may be watched later. Exercises and live demonstrations will not be recorded;
  • To access the recordings, you will need to keep the registration code received on email with the event confirmation;
  • Recordings will be available at a later date following the event;
  • In order to protect privacy during individual work that dr. Maté may have with attendees, zoom participants will only have live access to the audio registration;
  • Please note that by participating in this event, you agree for your audio and video to be recorded and consent not to record and/or distribute any the content of this event.


Refund Policy

The registration fee for the event is non-refundable. ISTT may consider refund requests due to an extraordinary circumstance or emergency on a case-by-case basis.


COVID-19 Protocol

  • If you are actively shielding during this pandemic for reasons such as age or illness, please register for Zoom participation;
  • If you – or someone you’ve been in close contact with – is experiencing flu-like symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of the start of the event, we ask that you withdraw your live registration and register for Zoom instead. ISTT will support with the process. Please contact us:;
  • We recommend you stay informed on any travel restrictions or quarantine guidelines set forth by your country/location of origin and destination.



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