Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7PM ET

Course Description:

Self-Compassion has been proven to be an effective mindset and intervention toward more sustainable mental health and self-concept. This presentation will apply the work of Dr. Kristin Neff in the field of self-compassion to the gifted population and typical struggles faced by many gifted individuals. In particular, we will consider how Dabrowski’s superstimulabilities and other typical psychosocial traits can lead to perfectionism, imposter syndrome, self-judgment, low frustration tolerance, depression, and anxiety. We will consider the ways in which society’s responses to giftedness and emphasis on self-esteem can also contribute to unwellness in gifted children, youth, and adults. Self-compassion will then be defined and defended as an effective intervention toward increased wellness. Attendees will be introduced to, and participate in, exercises to increase self-compassion. The session will be a blend of lecture and interactive. Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 5 psychosocial traits typical within the gifted population
  2. Participants will be able to explain how typical psychosocial experiences of gifted individuals may contribute to unwellness in the forms of perfectionism, imposter syndrome, low frustration tolerance, self-judgment, and mental health issues.
  3. Participants will be able to define self-compassion and identify the 3 components that contribute to self-compassion
  4. Participants will be able to identify and implement at least 3 interventions to increase self-compassion.

Presenter Bio: Heather Boorman

Heather Boorman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides therapy at Boorman Counseling in Western Wisconsin. She specializes as a trauma therapist and working with “kids on the fringes” and their families, who live with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. Additionally, Heather is the author of The Gifted Kids Workbook (August 2018) and writes & podcasts at The Fringy Bit with her husband, to provide REAL support to parents who love a differently wired child.

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