Saturday, February 24th, 2024, 8 -11:15am PT
For those who are new to our quarterly mini-conference platform, GHF Conversations is a half-day of topic-driven programming featuring two expert presenters, each of whom are followed by facilitated conversation sessions with and for our thoughtful and engaging community of educators and parents. We warmly invite you to log in and participate as much or as little as you’re comfortable, but rest assured that you’re among people who understand and care.
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Session 1: 8-9:30am PT / 11-12:30pm ET
Paula Prober presents: Self-Care for he Super Smart, Sensitive, Persnickety Perfectionist
You are a deep thinker. You seek growth, healing, and self-actualization. It is important for you to live a meaningful life. You have perfectionist tendencies. Some might call you persnickety. It is tricky, then, for you to find quality resources, support, and guidance. You have particular needs and tastes. You may have been told you don’t need help because you are “so smart” or that self-care is selfish. What do you do? How do you find support that is valuable? How do you give yourself permission to have needs and to take the time to address some of those needs? What does self-care look like for you?
Paula Prober will be your guide to greater self-understanding and acceptance of your complex rainforest mind so that you recognize the necessity and benefits of self-care and begin to find your particular path to inner and outer resources.
Paula Prober, M.S., M.Ed. is a psychotherapist, consultant, blogger, and author in private practice based in Eugene, Oregon, USA. For the past 30 years her clients have been intellectually and creatively gifted adults and parents of gifted children. Along with counseling in Oregon, she consults internationally with these individuals. Paula has been a teacher of gifted children and presenter at universities, webinars, podcasts, and conferences. She is the creator of the rainforest mind metaphor to describe giftedness. She has written articles on giftedness for Psychotherapy Networker, Advanced Development Journal, the Eugene Register-Guard and online for Thrive Global, Rebelle Society, psychotherapy.net, Highly Sensitive Refuge, and Introvert Dear.
She has written three books: Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth is an in-depth look at giftedness through case studies of her counseling clients.
Journey into Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide for Gifted Adults and Teens, Book Lovers, Overthinkers, Geeks, Sensitives, Brainiacs, Intuitives, Procrastinators, and Perfectionists isa collection of her most popular blog postsfrom the first four years of the blog.
Her third book, Saving Your Rainforest Mind: A Guided Journal for the Curious, Creative, Smart, & Sensitive is a journal specifically for gifted adults and older teens including prompts, information, and inspiration addressing sensitivity, empathy, loneliness, multipotentiality, perfectionism, and much more.
She blogs at rainforestmind.com, www.rainforestmind.com and is on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/paulaprober/ She will be a keynote speaker at the SENG conference in July 2024 (https://www.sengifted.org/sengannualconference).
Session 2: 9:45-11:15am PT / 12:45-2:15pm ET
Dr. Gail Post and Dr. Heidi Lack present: Re-centering Ourselves
Parenting our gifted families is as intense as giftedness itself. The labyrinth of gifted parenting has twists and turns en route to ‘the center,’ where we can, if we recognize it, rest and renew. What do those moments look and feel like? How do we search for, or claim them? Are we as committed to respecting our own needs, pacing, strengths, and challenges, as we are to those of our children or students? Do we make time for our own pursuits? We will take advantage of the collective wisdom of our zoom room of attendees to generate conversation, support and connection in the service of our own growth and replenishment.
This will be an interactive workshop that will carve out space for self-reflection, so bring your journal, dress comfortably, and come with your receptivity, to discover and connect.
Gail Post, PhD is a clinical psychologist, in practice for over 35 years, with a specialty in intellectual and musical giftedness and twice-exceptionalities. She also is a parenting coach/consultant, workshop leader, writer, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Post is the parent of two gifted young adults and served as co-chair of a gifted parents advocacy group. Her writing includes hundreds of articles, several book chapters, a long-standing blog, Gifted Challenges. and her new book, The Gifted Parenting Journey: A Guide to Self-discovery and Support for Families of Gifted Children, which extends her advocacy efforts. She is also featured in GHF Press’ Perspectives on Giftedness. You can find out more at www.gailpost.com.
Heidi Lack, PhD ATR-BC is a seasoned clinical psychologist and board-certified registered art therapist, with varied training, work, and supervisory experience in Behavioral Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Psychiatry; as a senior clinician at the Hallowell Centers; as adjunct faculty at Lesley University; currently in private clinical, coaching and consultation practice. She helps adults, college-aged and some teen students, families, parents and elders juggling the joys and challenges of their neurodivergences stemming from their giftedness and multi exceptionalities, anxieties, attentional and executive functioning issues, social thinking, and sensory processing differences such as Misophonia. She facilitates “Intentional Parenting™” support groups, SoulCollage® and ethical values character trait-based workshops, is trained as a SENG SMPG parent group facilitator, and leads our GHF Professionals Networking group. Dr. Lack is currently in partnership with Dr. Gail Post offering the Gifted Parenting Journey Workshop series. She is also a multimedia artist, intermittent writer/poet, and parent whose multi-exceptional young adults required creative schooling variations. See https://drheidilack.com, HL@DrHeidiLack.com or https://www.thegiftedparentingjourney.com
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