Monday, May 7th, 2018, 7PM ET

Course Description:

Gifted education has increasingly shifted to focusing on developing the whole child, with emphasis on meeting the unique social and emotional needs of the gifted. One such vital arena of development that often gets overlooked is Sex and Health Education. Sex and Health Education is vital to helping our students develop the self-confidence, awareness, and safety skills necessary to navigating an increasingly complex world. There are rigorous academic standards that exist for teaching Sex and Health Education appropriately, safely, and respectively, while also being inclusive to the LGBTQ community. This presentation will highlight those standards and provide tools and support to any teacher, administrator, mental health professional, counselor, or parent that is interested in learning more about Sex and Health Education. Furthermore, this presentation will highlight how traditional Sex and Health Education doesn’t fully meet the needs of gifted students, and how the programs that do exist can be adapted to accommodate for the specific needs of this population.

Presenter Bio: Matthew Zakreski, Psy.D.

Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinician who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his clients. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations. Dr. Zakreski served as the school counselor for The Grayson School, the only school in Pennsylvania that solely serves the needs of the gifted. He is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his specialty, Giftedness. He is currently in private psychological practice.

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