The SENG Model Parent Group Disclaimer
In order to help parents understand why SENG cannot control Model Parent Groups, and why SENG cannot be liable for what happens in SENG Model Parent Groups, we need to tell a story involving four books and a bounty of old-fashion generosity, freedom, and responsibility.
James T. Webb, Ph.D., Elizabeth Meckstroth, M.S.W., and Arlene DeVries, M.S.E., invented the SENG Model Parent Groups beginning in 1981. After the 1994 publication Guiding the Gifted Child by Webb, Meckstroth, and Stephanie Tolan, M.A., many SENG facilitators used that book as a resource for parents participating in the groups. In 1998, Webb and DeVries wrote Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model, which was the first training manual for facilitators of SENG Model Parent Groups. In 2007, Webb and DeVries joined with Janet Gore, M.Ed. and Ed Amend, Psy.D. to write A Parents Guide to Gifted Children. Also in 2007, Webb and DeVries wrote Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model, 2nd Edition, which recommends use of the 2007 parent guide.
For over two decades, the authors of these books have generously shared the SENG Model Parent Group concept with thousands of people in the United States and abroad. In fact, they’ve shared the concept so widely that it has acquired a life of its own. Maybe the concept owns itself; we’re not sure. Tens of thousands of families have benefited from the generosity of the authors, and from the generosity of thousands of individuals who have served as SENG Model Parent Group facilitators.
SENG recommends that people receive training in the SENG Model, and people who want to become SENG Model Parent Group facilitators are free to choose from several methods of training. Sometimes groups of parents hire Webb and DeVries (or others experienced in the SENG Model) to train parents and educators who want to learn how to facilitate SENG Model Parent Groups. Often the training is offered as a pre-conference workshop at various conventions. In such cases, Webb, DeVries, and the other trainers, all of whom are strong SENG supporters, usually operate independently of SENG when they train facilitators. Sometimes, however, parents simply buy the books and teach themselves how to facilitate SENG Model Parent Groups. In various states, people who have facilitated groups in the past train others how to facilitate groups. Quite frankly, SENG does not know how many people facilitate SENG Model Parent Groups, or how many people have trained others to facilitate groups. Just as SENG cannot control the concept, SENG also cannot control the training of SENG Model Parent Group facilitators. Freedom abounds.
Many successful SENG Model Parent Groups are led by parents just like you, and many parents have found the SENG Model Parent Groups to be extremely helpful and supportive. Please note that the SENG Model Parent Groups are not therapy groups, nor are they advocacy groups. They are guided discussion groups where parents share information about techniques and approaches to parenting gifted children. If you, as a parent, want to participate in a SENG Model Parent Group, you will probably want to ask about the training and background of the facilitator. For example, if you want only to participate in a SENG Model Parent Group that is led by a licensed psychologist, its your responsibility to refrain from participating in groups with facilitators who are not licensed psychologists. If you only want to participate in a SENG Model Parent Group if the facilitator has had a background check, its your responsibility to refrain from participating in groups led by facilitators who have not had background checks.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that SENG does not control, monitor or guarantee the services or qualifications of SMPG facilitators or facilitator trainers posted on the SMPG website pages, and SENG does not endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by SENG facilitators or facilitator trainers. In our current societal climate, we thus feel obligated to state that in no event shall SENG be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource.