Glossary of SMPG Terms:

SENG – Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

SMPG – SENG Model Parent Groups. 8-10 week guided discussion groups which provide a safe and supportive environment to freely discuss your child’s development and parenting challenges, to connect with other parents, to increase your awareness of your child’s unique needs, to learn strategies for successful parenting, and to expand your resources.

Facilitator – An adult who has gone through SENG’s SMPG Facilitator training. One of two guides who help the flow of discussion between parents.

Master Facilitator – Individuals who have gone through SENG’s SMPG Facilitator training, held at least four SENG-model parent groups, and gone through additional training in special populations of gifted.

Facilitator Trainer – Dedicated individuals who have gone through SENG’s SMPG Facilitator training, held more than four SENG-model parent groups, gone through the Master Facilitator training and ‘Train the Trainer’ training.

Facilitator Mentor – SENG Master Facilitators willing to support newly trained facilitators in starting new groups by offering their time via email, phone calls, “office hours” to answer questions, encouragement and advice.

SENGinar – SENG webinars (SENGinars) are 90-minute webinars are designed expressly for parents, educators, and mental health professionals who work with gifted individuals. They provide convenient access to many of the top experts in the gifted field. 



How do I become an SMPG facilitator?

Those interested in becoming a SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitator must attend a two-day facilitator training workshop ($375), which is offered at our annual conference. A training can also be organized anywhere in the country if there are enough people interested. SENG requires 15-20 participants to run a facilitator training workshop.


Does my SMPG facilitator training expire or need to be renewed?

It is expected that active SMPG facilitators will continue to improve their repertoire of tools each year by attending workshops, SENGinars, and other SENG offerings each year. It is also required that facilitators maintain their annual SENG membership (see below)

Recertification requirements:

  • Must run at least ONE group
  • Must be a current member of SENG
  • Must complete at least one CEU SENGinar (offered multiple times per year)- offered at no cost to you if you are a SENG member from a choice of 3-4 options.

*Facilitators may send a portfolio of trainings to the current leader of SMPG training for review annually.


Does my co-facilitator need to also be a certified facilitator?

No, not to begin with, but your co-facilitator needs to read the training book. It is encouraged that your co-facilitator to go through the training as soon as possible.


Do I need a co-facilitator to run an SMPG?

You need a co-facilitator, but your co-facilitator does not need to have gone through the SMPG facilitator training program (can be a friend, colleague, spouse, past participant, etc.). Your co-facilitator must read the training book Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model.


Can I run my groups online? How do I become trained to run groups online?

You will need to have gotten your Master Facilitator training and then go through the online facilitator training. All online groups must go through SENG exclusively.


Do I have to be a SENG member to run SMPGs? How much is a membership and how often do I need to renew?

Yes! Membership is $129.99 annually. Benefits of membership include discounted SENGinars, discount conference registration, advertisement for your groups, access to the SENG logo, access to printed materials, support in running your groups (including a “Facilitator Mentor” who has office hours to give feedback). In addition, your contact information and location will be listed on the SENG website. Also, you are supporting SENG’s mission!


Does SENG require a fee to list and advertise upcoming SENG groups?

There is no additional fee to post upcoming SENG groups to the website, but you must be a member of SENG for us to advertise your upcoming groups and to use the SENG logo and name on your printed materials.


Who keeps track of membership and how will I know when I need to renew?

You will receive an automatic renewal notice through email, so please be sure to keep your contact information with SENG current.


How do I become a Master Facilitator? What is a Master Facilitator? How much does it cost? Does this expire?

There are different pathways for becoming a master facilitator. After running at least 2 groups, you may attend a one day master facilitator training at conference. Or, you may submit an application that demonstrates competency and current knowledge of group methodologies. Contact the office if you are interested in becoming a master facilitator to discuss the requirements that will work best for you. There are no additional fees to become a Master Facilitator outside of the initial costs of the coursework and your status does not expire although SENG does encourage even Master Facilitators to update their portfolio’s.


How much should I charge participants for my SMPGs?

This will vary based on your location, demographic you are serving, and how much you are charged for renting a space, and how many printed materials you pay for. We suggest charging at least a nominal amount to participants. If you’d like help determining your fees, please contact the office.


How do I advertise my SMPGs?

SENG Website, Social Media, Email, flyers, gifted events


How many weeks must my SMPGs run?

It is highly recommended that groups are 8-10 weeks, but 6-7 weeks are also acceptable. 

How long must each SMPG meeting be?

In general, groups run 1 to 1 ½ hours, but that can be determined on an individual basis. 2 hour groups may work well if you are doing 6-7 weeks. Facilitators are welcome to do what works best for their communities.

How many participants should I have in my SMPGs?

8-12 participants, not to exceed 15 individuals (couples count as one registrant).


Will SENG help me advertise my upcoming groups?

A benefit for SENG members is to have your groups listed on the SENG website. You must be a member of SENG to advertise your groups on the website, and to use the SENG name and logo. You will need to fill out the online form to let SENG know about your upcoming group.


What kind of support will I get from SENG in running my groups?

SENG members will receive access to the SENG logo, printed materials, support in advertising your groups, and access to a mentor facilitator.

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