SENG 2012 is packed with valuable sessions on a variety of topics, from analogies of giftedness to radical acceleration, and even a session on the elderly gifted. The two sessions that we’ve chosen below as Saturday’s MUST HEAR sessions address critical topics that every single parent needs to be aware of, by speakers who have dynamic presentation skills.
Giftedness, Misdiagnosis and the Changing Medical Field
Saturday, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Presenter: Marianne Kuzujanakis, MD, MPH
In January 2012, SENG began a national public awareness initiative about mental health misdiagnosis in the gifted population. But the roots of the initiative stretch far further back. In this session we will discuss the swirl of activity that led to SENG’s public initiative, as well as the events which have come since. We will discuss how changes to medical practices may lead to better support for all gifted individuals. Planned to be available will be take-home materials.
SENG Director & Medical Liaison Marianne Kuzujanakis, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician with a masters degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health. She has long-standing interests in parent and clinician education.
Laying Waste to the Elephant in the Living Room: Solutions for the Anxious Gifted Child
Saturday, 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Presenter: P. Susan Jackson, MA, RCC
For a gifted child at-risk, anxiety-based disorders are the “elephant in the living room”: a malady that eludes easy diagnosis, masked entirely or eclipsed by more obvious signs of distress such as perfectionism, underachievement, hyper-vigilance and depression. This interactive presentation provides parents, educators and mental-health professionals with information about the etiology of and powerful strategies for combating anxiety-based disorders. Dabrowski’s TPD and extensive clinical experience combine with cutting-edge anxiety research oriented toward the gifted experience.
P. Susan Jackson is a psychotherapist, author and consultant and the founder of The Daimon Institute in White Rock British Columbia Canada. The Daimon Institute provides psychotherapy and educational consulting to support the overall development of highly and profoundly gifted persons. Patients are all ages, 3-75, and reside throughout the world.