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SENGinar: Change, Loss, and Giftedness

  • February 15, 2018
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online webinar

Change, Loss, and Giftedness: A Counsellor Examines the Intersection

Any change means that something is different from before—and unfamiliar. Something is left behind, and a transition to a new reality is underway. Loss, whether recognized as such or not, probably results in feelings of sadness and even grief, vague or intense, but these may not make sense to whoever is experiencing them. This Webinar explores the change/loss/grief phenomenon when giftedness is an overlay. Giftedness can be both asset and burden when life events threaten the well-being of gifted children and adolescents. Intelligence and problem-solving ability have been associated with resilience, but high ability has also been associated with sensitive and intense responses, asynchronous development, self-critical perfectionism, and hidden distress. Giftedness may also involve disenfranchised grief, when social contexts resist, or do not acknowledge, the possibility of loss and grief connected to expected and unexpected life challenges. The presenter’s counseling and counselor-education professional background will be reflected in the perspectives and strategies discussed.

Presented by Dr. Jean Peterson


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