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Catherine Gruener

Oak Brook


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Professional Membership
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Encouragement Parents of Gifted Kids and Counseling

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Oak Brook

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  • 2E Services
  • Counseling/Therapy
  • Other
Description of Services
Catherine Gruener, M.A., M.A., PDTC, Author of "Parenting Young Gifted Children What to Expect When you Have the Unexpected" provides you heart-centered, research-based practical tools to help you understand your kids, and create more loving, more fulfilling, more connected relationships with your children. As a mother of a twice-exceptional child, who was blown away after 15 years in the mental health field to find out there was a population of neuro-diverse children who were not being talked about in counseling or assessments, becoming certified in Positive Discipline, trained from the Yale Parent Center in Parent Management, and diving into the more than 80 years of research on the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted children, in order to provide you with transformative trainings on Parenting Your Gifted Child. Find out more about my classes at
Description of Experience with the Gifted
As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Positive Discipline Educator, Trained in Parent Management and Counseling Gifted children, with a Masters Degree in Neuropsychology and a second Masters Degree in Professional Counseling, Catherine has provided counseling and consultations for gifted children and their parents in the state of Illinois since 2011. Since 2009, she has presented and written on various topics regarding parenting gifted children with local and national gifted organizations. She served as a member of the Social and Emotional Committee for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children for 6 years.

Presentations and trainings at The Davidson Institute, Chicago Gifted Community Center, Illinois Association for Gifted Children, Quest Academy, The Science and Arts Academy, The Avery Coonley School, Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted, Parents of Gifted Education, Community Organization for Gifted Children

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The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

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