Conference Announcements


SENG’s 2018 Conference: San Diego, CA

Pre-Conference Activities: July 19
Conference: July 20-22

Join us at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego! 

San Diego State University Check-In Information:

The address of the residence hall is: 5120 College Ave San Diego, CA 92115

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check out time is at 9:00am.  

Please keep in mind that all of the laundry facilities in the residential halls are tap card operated. A guest laundry card may be checked out at the Conference Services Office.  Our Conference Services Office is located in the Cuicacalli Building, adjacent to the Aztec Market. The laundry cards can be loaded with money at any Aztec Market. After money is put on the card, any leftover money will not be refunded. The card must be returned to the Conference Services office at the end of your stay or a $50.00 fee per card will be applied to the conference group’s final invoice. The price per wash load is $1.50 and a dry cycle is $1.00.

Join Us For:

Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony Evening of July 20
Discussion Groups
8 Sessions Strands with 90+ Sessions
Working Lunches with Various Themes
Pre-Conference: SMPG Facilitator Training

Exhibit Hall
Special Room Rates
Children’s Program
8 “Super Sessions” on Sunday
Pre-Conference: Continuing Education Courses

Conference Pricing

Registration Type Earlybird (Nov 15-May 31) Standard (June 1-July 6)  Late (July 7-Onsite)
SENG Premier Member $320 $352 $388
SENG Non-Member $400 $440 $485
Children’s Program $350 $350  —
Speaker $250 $250
Premier Member Speaker $200 $200


Cancellation Deadline: July 1, 2018

Keynote Speakers


Friday Morning Keynote – From Knowledge to Wisdom to Sagacity: The Sacred Journey and Call to Action

This presentation will focus on the differences between being knowledgeable, having wisdom, and being sagacious.  Current macro problems, as described by Ambrose, as well as the types of knowledge and skills needed to impact change will be presented. A brief discussion of Sternberg’s ACCEL model, which focuses on ethical and moral reasoning as a hallmark of intelligence will be highlighted as well. For the gifted the ability to live with harmony and balance is often at risk due to heightened sensitivities about societal challenges.  Indigenous wisdom and the four sacred gifts, as described by Anita Sanchez, will be discussed as a means of moving from knowledge to wisdom to sagacity.

Leslie Anita Hosey, Ph.D. currently serves as the Lower School Director for the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Roeper Lower School serves the intellectual, academic and social and emotional needs of gifted students in Preschool through 5th grade. Leslie is the mother of three gifted boys, two who have graduated from Roeper, and one who is a current 10th grader. In addition to being a parent, Leslie has served three terms on the Board of Trustees, Co-chaired the Centenary Committee to honor George Roeper, and Chaired Roeper’s most recent Head Search Committee. In addition to her position as Lower School Director, Leslie serves as a Trustee on the Roeper Institute Board, whose current focus is to draw attention and resources to support high-potential low income students in Detroit. Prior to assuming leadership at the Lower School, Leslie served as a School Psychologist in Waterford School District, as well as maintained a private practice as a Clinical Psychologist. Leslie has conducted over 3000 psychological evaluations, and co-authored the Oakland County guidance document for identifying Specific Learning Disabilities. Leslie has been a member of the Roeper community for over 20 years, and has expertise in meeting the needs of the gifted across the lifespan. In her free time, Leslie supports local organizations committed to social justice, and enjoys travel.


Saturday Morning Keynote – Every Day Magic Restores Balance and Joy to Gifted Adult Lives

Parents work endlessly giving to their family and responding to the demands of the world at large.  Over time we can find ourselves depleted, weakened and sullen.  For our personal health and for the well-being of our family, it is essential for us to know how to create balance, strength, and contentment in daily life.  Come join me to learn ways to listen within, beyond your mind to your whole self, for guidance and direction.  Become fully aware of fundamental perspectives and behaviors which encourage or prevent personal stability and security, and attitudes and actions which enhance or deter family synergy and harmony.  Come back to constructive ways to think and act, and know you have the power to craft a life of joy and satisfaction!

Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD, is a nationally recognized psychologist, who has worked therapeutically with gifted, highly and profoundly gifted children, adolescents and adults for over three decades.  In her adjunct gifted consulting practice, she specializes in helping parents and educators understand and embrace innate gifted characteristics, and provides strategies to ensure holistic health and well-being.  Her foundational book, Embracing the Whole Gifted Self, 2016, personifies giftedness. She is a featured and keynote speaker at gifted international and national conferences, and a two term past Chair of Global Awareness Network for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Educational Advancement and co-founder of “Yunasa”, a holistic summer camp for highly gifted youth.  SENG honored Dr. Patty at the 2016 national conference with theClinician of the Year Award. She has consulting offices in Florida and Colorado.



Sunday Closing Keynote – Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Build a Star

When his grandmother’s impending death from cancer inspired 11-year-old Taylor Wilson to invent a better way to make medical isotopes, he started building a machine that could fling atoms together in a 500-million-degree plasma core. Three years later he succeeded, becoming the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion—the process that powers the sun and other stars.

Taylor’s restless intellect and enthusiasm have since astounded everyone from audiences at TED to the President of the United States. Now a young adult, Taylor is a science superstar who is developing lifesaving innovations in medicine and national security. Based on Tom Clynes’s book The Boy Who Played With Fusion, this very visual presentation (Tom is both a writer and photojournalist) will bring participants along on an adventure in extraordinary parenting, mentoring and educating.

Through Taylor’s story, Tom explores the nurturing of genius, and the challenges and opportunities facing gifted children as well as parents and educators. Since prodigies develop and flower via the same developmental processes that all children experience, the lessons of Taylor Wilson’s story are universal—and sure to inspire and inform anyone who cares about children, and the future of science, and humanity.

Author and photojournalist Tom Clynes travels the world covering the adventurous side of science and education for magazines such as National Geographic and Popular Science, where he’s a contributing editor. He also writes and photographs for The New York Times, The Times of London, Nature, The Atlantic, and Scientific American. Tom is the author of three books, including, most recently, The Boy Who Played With Fusion, which tells the story of 14-year-old Taylor Wilson, who became the youngest person in history to build a working nuclear fusion reactor. Through Taylor’s story, Tom explores the challenges facing gifted children and their parents and educators, as well as the increasingly important contributions of amateur scientists. What does it take to translate the raw material of exceptional intelligence into genius-level mastery and exceptional accomplishment? Why do only a tiny portion of would-be prodigies go on to become eminent, high-achieving adults? And how can we best help our children, whatever their

Pre-Conference Activities on Thursday, July 19

SMPG Facilitator Training at Conference

Part I: Thursday July 19, 8:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. (Sign-in & Breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.)
Part II: Thursday July 19, 1:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Part III: Thursday, July 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Part IV: ONLINE – Date to be determined by group on July 19th

Continuing Education Courses

Each year at Conference, SENG offers Continuing Education courses for educators, therapists, and psychologists. Pre-Conference Continuing Education Courses are $100 for each course. These courses are not included in the price of general admission to the SENG Annual Conference. 

Presenter Course Title
Dr. Vula Baliotis Understanding and Addressing Common Defenses in Gifted Adults: Intellectualization, Rationalization, Humor, Altruism, and Sublimation (9 AM – 12 PM) 
Dr. Hilary Beech The Shadow Side of Adult Giftedness (9 AM – 12 PM)
Peter Cummings, LCSW Addressing Over-excitabilities through Attachment Repair (1 PM – 4 PM) 
Dr. Marty Nemko The BIG Three: Addressing Gifted Adults’ Issues on Career, Relationships, Emotions (1 PM – 4 PM) 
Dr. Natasha Pemberton ADHD in Children: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt (1 PM – 4 PM) 
Dr. Dan Peters Turning Worriers into Warriors!: Anxiety in Gifted and 2e Youth (1 PM – 4 PM) 
Dr. Jean Peterson Gifted Bullies, Targets, and Bystanders, Adult Responsibilities, Adult Bullies, and Parent Advocacy: What Should We Understand? (1 PM – 4 PM) 
 Dr. Dale Stuart Challenges in Life and Love: Unique Issues for Gifted Adults and Couples (9 AM – 12 PM)
Christine Turo-Shields, LCSW, LCAC  Post-Traumatic Growth:  Thriving Amidst Trauma & Tragedy (1 PM – 4 PM) 
Dr. Aimee Yermish If You’re So Smart…: Executive Function Coaching for Gifted Folks Who Struggle to Get Things Done (9 AM – 12 PM)

For information on how you can receive course credit at UC San Diego for attending our conference and taking our CE courses, click here!


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