SMPG: The Heart of SENG – In The Spirit of Service

In The Spirit of Service

by Kate Bachtel

“Our continuing goal is to help gifted children and their families not only to obtain important knowledge, but also to understand and accept themselves and others in ways that value, nurture, and support them in families, schools, workplaces, and communities.”

~ Dr. James T. Webb, SENG Founder

SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPGs) unite parents of gifted children, who at times may feel alone in their journey, so they may learn from each other’s experiences in a nurturing, non-judgmental setting.

For those unfamiliar, SMPGs take place over the course of 8-10 weeks and discuss topics including motivation, stress management, peer relationships, and discipline. Unlike other parent groups, SMPGs have always been a co-created, dynamic experience responsive to the unique individuals within each group. Co-facilitators are not therapeutic clinicians or “sage on the stage” lecturers, but rather experts in parenting and gifted education skilled at engaging parents in rich, relevant discussions to increase their capacity to nurture their children, themselves, and each other.

The Difference a SENG Model Parent Group Can Make

SMPG participants share:

“I do not feel alone now.”

“I’ve learned to communicate better with my child, and it is working.”

“I honestly feel this group saved my family!”

“My child is a happier child, my family is a healthier family, and I’m a better person as a result of this group. Thank you!”

SENG’s Commitment to Quality

Given the inherent diversity and complexity within the gifted population, we need each other’s insights and ideas to best serve children. Just because a tool or strategy works for one gifted child, does not mean it will work for another. SENG’s community roots grew strong from this spirit of service and collaboration.

The SENG team is dedicated to insuring the highest possible quality SMPG experience for all, as well as fidelity to the proven, well-researched SMPG model. To this end, SENG invests in SMPG facilitators by providing formal training with certified SENG trainers. Facilitators must meet specific prerequisite requirements, lead all groups with support from a co-facilitator, be open to continued learning and collect evaluations to monitor quality at the end of each session. SENG evolves as the gifted individuals we serve evolve. In support of this objective, we have devised a brief SMPG Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Calling All 2014 & 2015 SMPG Participants

2016 will mark thirty-five years of SENG Model Parent Groups. This anniversary reminds us to reflect and proactively reach out to hear from you. We want to know which elements of SMPGs are most helpful, what you are curious to learn more about and your ideas around how to improve moving forward.

If you participated in a SMPG in 2014 or 2015, SENG would be grateful if you would please consider taking a moment to complete the quick survey below. This data will help us take SMPGs to the next level. Please complete the survey by May 6, 2015.


Mil Gracias!


Kate Bachtel M.Ed., comes from a family of educators. She is a mother who has been teaching and studying education for as long as she can remember. Kate founded SoulSpark because every child and educator deserves to be seen through the lens of his or her strengths and immeasurable potential. It is her belief that this approach creates a more peaceful world. Kate is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Denver. Prior to launching SoulSpark, Kate co-opened a K-8 school with a holistic vision for serving gifted and creative learners. She has also worked as a Talented and Gifted Education Advisor in Boulder Valley School District and as Director of a summer program for gifted youth. Kate has spoken at local, national, and international conferences on topics including Social and Emotional Development, Nurturing the Strengths-Based Aspects of Sensitivities, Girls’ Leadership, Introduction to Giftedness, Growing Innovative, Introspective & Inspiring Leaders, and Leadership Practices that Promote Student Empowerment & System Health.