SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPGs)

In 1981, SENG established guidelines for SENG-Model Parent Support Groups. SENG Model Parent Groups are structured to bring together 10 to 20 interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such topics as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer relationships. The co-facilitators of the group, though they are knowledgeable about parenting and about educating gifted/talented children, do not attempt to give expert advice to families. Instead their facilitation provides a non-judgmental and nurturing atmosphere. The parents of the high ability children are themselves a rich resource of information, and they are able to get fresh ideas from other parents and from A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, the book around which the sessions are organized. The groups meet weekly for approximately 8-10 weeks.


SENG is pleased to announce the debut of all new programming for parents and care givers of gifted children – SMPG PLUS+.

SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG’s) are the heart of SENG. The objective of these facilitator guided groups is to unite diverse caregivers of complex, gifted children and provide space for each of us to learn from one another’s expertise and experiences in a nurturing, non-judgmental environment. While not counseling or therapy sessions, SMPGs provide space for critical conversations on how to best support the healthy social and emotional development of individual gifted youth.   

SMPG PLUS+ was developed in response to feedback from both facilitators and participants concerning scheduling restraints associated with a traditional workshop.  Modeled on SENG’s successful 10 week SMPG Program, SMPG PLUS+ affords families pressed for time access to the material presented in the traditional parent workshop in an exciting new alternative a one-day retreat.

 “This one-day retreat will cover core SMPG topics,” states SENG President Kate Bachtel.  “The structure will alternate dialogue with frequent breaks for movement, meditation, lunch and to connect with family at home throughout the day. While the discussions will be structured in a similar manner to the traditional model, parents will be held in the comfort of tribe for a full day (8am-4:30pm) with a goal for all to leave feeling relaxed, replenished and empowered with expanded community and expertise.” 

By encouraging authentic dialogue among caregivers, SENG Model Parent Groups promote harmony and are a model of the continued evolution SENG would like to see occur both in classrooms and society. 

Finding a Group Near You

Upcoming groups are listed on our Group Directory Page.  If you’re interested in finding a group near you visit the SMPG Facilitator Directory for more details or contact us at and we will try to put you in touch with a trained facilitator near your community. 

Starting a SENG Model Parent Group 

If you want to start your own SENG-Model Parent Group, you need to be trained as a facilitator! Please see our training page or contact us and we will be happy to put you in contact with a trainer in your region, with whom you can discuss the possibility of setting up a future session, and who can also answer all of your questions about the model and the process.



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