The Wisdom of Trauma Film

Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we love and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds. In this film based on Dr. Maté’s life work, Gabor gives us a new vision: a trauma-informed society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and legal personnel are not concerned with fixing behaviors, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms and judging, but seek instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul. Over 6,000,000 human beings from 230 countries and territories have seen the film so far. Join the movement towards a trauma-informed society. The film is available by donation and has been translated into 32 languages.

Reclaiming Authenticity

Many of our afflictions, mental illnesses, and physical diseases stem from trauma. Trauma directly affects our nervous system and leaves us stuck in defense and reactivity. It compromises our capacity to be present, open, loving — it prevents us from being our authentic selves.
  • Do you recognize cycles of pain in your life?
  • Do you often feel disconnected from your authentic self?
  • Do you know a better life is possible, and do you still have questions on how to get there?

… then this series may be for you. It is meant for parents, therapists, teachers, healers, anyone who has experienced adversity, or is simply seeking to understand how trauma shapes our lives. In 2022 Dr. Gabor Maté and the SAND team went on The Wisdom of Trauma film European tour. We held workshops and lectures in various cities. All the events were fully sold out. SAND has compiled and edited the recordings of these live conversations and organized the talks in 9 distinct categories to help you navigate this rich content.

Healing Trauma & Addiction

A powerful video series and course for families and individuals

A powerful videos series and course. Co-created exclusively with For the first time Gabor Maté MD has created a program specifically for families and individuals, focused on healing trauma and addiction. This unique series unfolds as a step-by-step “how to” workshop that represents the culmination of Dr. Maté’s decades of research and clinical experience. Each episode and lesson expands on the knowledge in his worldwide bestselling books on addiction, childhood trauma, and mental health.

This program, filmed before a live audience, includes video lectures interwoven with audience interaction and on-stage demonstrations with participants. Dr. Maté thoughtfully demonstrates how to develop awareness, compassion, and tools for effective healing. Families and those struggling with addiction will learn how to heal longstanding tensions and better understand each other. You will gain new insight and understanding that bring hope, optimism, and practical strategies that support long-term recovery. Participants describe their experience as life-changing, profound, and optimistic.

This program is offered in two versions. Both include the video series. The individual and family program includes a course specifically written for families and individuals focused on healing their trauma and addiction. The professional program includes a course and client exercises, facilitation guides, materials for clients, and a certificate for 12 hours of continuing education.

“This program is very special and different from my other courses and internet videos. I’ve been waiting for years for a video series that effectively conveys this work. As a writer, I am at a loss for words to describe just how much I appreciate this program and all of the hard work the people at have dedicated to this project.”
Dr. Gabor Maté

Healing Trauma & Addiction for Individuals & Families

Video Series: 8 Episodes | 6 Hours
Course: 8 lessons | 54 Topics

Healing Trauma & Addiction for Individuals & Families

Video Series: 8 Episodes | 6 Hours
Course: 8 Lessons | Client Exercises | Professional Resources | Continuing Education: 12 Hours


A Masterclass for Healers

Are you looking to become more familiar with Dr. Gabor Maté’s approach and techniques?

A Masterclass for Healers includes a comprehensive introduction and overview of Dr Maté’s unified philosophy on the origin of disease and mental illness, with detailed lessons and practical demonstrations that offer a diversity of tools, techniques, and psycho-education focused on helping healing professionals to cultivate deeper attunement, connection and healing with their clients. In this six-part video course (6.5 hours) you will have the unique opportunity to deepen your skills in attuning and reaching others, even the most difficult clients.

In each lesson, Dr. Maté thoughtfully presents his work through the lens of treating addiction and expands on the special issues when treating substance abuse. This masterclass is a “must-have” for any professional interested in learning more about Gabor’s work and approach.

Compassionate Inquiry Self-Study Short Course

Have you been impacted by the teachings and modelling of Dr. Gabor Maté?

Don’t miss this chance to delve deep into yourself, and experience an introduction to Compassionate Inquiry, a powerful therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté for healing trauma and understanding mental and physical illness.

This course is designed to be more accessible to health professionals who are unable to commit to the intensive CI Professional Training. It is also for lay-people who have a strong interest in Gabor’s work.

  • The short course contains over 20 hours of video and narrated powerpoints
  • The course is self-study and does not include facilitation

Compassionate Inquiry

*This course is designed for health care professionals.
Dive into a thorough exploration of Compassionate Inquiry, a powerful therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté for healing trauma and understanding mental and physical illness.

In this deeply rewarding, year-long course you will:

  • Increase your skills and effectiveness as a therapist or health provider
  • Be part of an international community of Compassionate Inquiry practitioners
  • Benefit from therapeutic peer support and practice groups
  • Receive over 240 hours in total of engagement with peers, online facilitators, live Zoom calls with Dr. Gabor Maté, and video recordings
  • Discover and master essential tools, qualities and skills that will nurture compassion, connect to your in-the-present self and help you become more attuned to the messages from your body and your clients.

Compassionate Inquiry Circles

Compassionate Inquiry Circles are deeply experiential online support groups open to all, designed and facilitated to introduce and initiate the process of self-inquiry, heal from past trauma, free oneself from limiting beliefs and connect to one's essential Self.

They are based on the work of Dr. Gabor Maté, further developed by Sat Dharam Kaur ND. They are led by highly skilled CI Circle Leaders who are all certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioners.

Some of the themes addressed in the weekly sessions include:

  • Finding safety within one’s body and nervous system
  • How to process a trigger
  • Exploring what happened to you in childhood
  • Expressing authenticity
  • Knowing one’s needs
  • Turning around unconscious beliefs
  • Expanding into possibility.