May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013
Whatever you are doing, ask yourself,
"What's the state of my mind?"
~Dalai Lama

Laying Waste to the Elephant in the Living Room:
Solutions for the Anxious Gifted Child

Recorded webinar presented by P. Susan Jackson, MA, RCC
Date: Thursday June 13 , 2013
Two screenings,  choose one:
  • Morning: 11h30-14h00 (bring your lunch)
  • Evening: 19h30-22h00 (bring a light snack for the table)
Location: 75016, near Maison de la Radio
RSVP: By June 5, 2013-  To reserve your spot:
  • Email:, Subject: Solutions for the Anxious Gifted Child. Please specify which time you are attending. 
  • Online form: Complete the required online rsvp form, by clicking here.
Minimum attendance of 10 people is required. First-come, first-served. Space limited.  Handout: Photocopies of PowerPoint available to those reserved by June 5, latest!  Participation Fee: Free to current GiF and Message members. 10€ for non-members. Meeting is held at a private residence.

This is a 90-minute recorded webinar, presented in PowerPoint format

Webinar Description:
Anxiety is the most common mental health problem experienced by children. When left untreated, it causes anxiety-based disorders ranging from simple adjustment disorders to more debilitating maladies such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The relationship between anxiety and giftedness is largely unexplored in the literature and often overlooked or misconstrued in clinical practice, with potentially disastrous results. Truly insidious, with bona fide indicators eluding easy diagnosis, especially for the gifted, anxiety-based disorders are the 'elephant in the living room': a malady that eludes easy diagnosis, masked entirely or eclipsed by more obvious signs of distress such as perfectionism, underachievement, hyper-vigilance and depression. This interactive presentation provides parents, educators and mental-health professionals with information about the etiology of and powerful strategies for combating anxiety-based disorders."

Please join us and invite your partner, caretaker, friends to participate in this information-rich session.

About the Presenter:
P. Susan Jackson, MA, RCC, is the founder and therapeutic director of The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. This international institute offers service to highly gifted children and adults supporting the educational needs and overall development of this exceptional population. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field and the author of numerous articles and chapters in the gifted education literature. Sue is currently the liaison for Parents and Curriculum for the Network Communications Committee of the National Association to Support Gifted and has served on the editorial board for SENG.

This Webinar was organized and hosted by SENG, their annual conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on July 19-21.

Gifted in France
is a loi 1901 non-profit association. GiF does not endorse speakers or their material, but aims to provide a wide variety of ideas and discussions about the educational, emotional and social needs of the gifted and twice-exceptional population. In addition to meetings for parents, GiF organizes creativity and science workshops for kids, such as the Little Mad Scientists' Club for children 5 to 8 year-old.  Furthermore, GiF is the main organizer for the annual Paris Spelling Bee, which is a community-wide enrichment event open to children in CE2-4ème. We are thankful to The American Library in Paris for their collaboration and to The American University of Paris for hosting the Bee. Membership for GiF is attached, it costs 30 euros per family, per year.

As always, thank you for your support.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
President, Gifted in France

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