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Saturday April 7, 2018 – Parents


Increase Your Parenting Potential!

Is your child identified as gifted? Are you wondering if your child is gifted? Are your child’s educational needs being met? Learn more by joining other parents from across BC for a full Saturday of networking and learning at the Powerup Potential Family Conference on Saturday, April 7th!

The Gifted Children’s Association and the Lower Mainland Gifted Contacts group of school district professionals is pleased to provide this opportunity for you to connect with other parents and participate in a wide variety of presentations from local experts headlined by Dr. James Webb.

Dr. Webb is widely recognized as a dynamic presenter who brings a life time of experience working in the field of gifted education to his presentations.  He was instrumental in creating Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted, SENG, a non-profit organization founded in 1981. Since then he, and the organization, have advocated for better understanding of and appropriate learning opportunities for gifted individuals. He is equally acclaimed by health professionals, educators and parents for his knowledge and wisdom.

This is a rare opportunity for professionals and parents to come together in common cause to support learner potential by recognizing and addressing the needs of gifted learners.

You can download the full schedule as a PDF here! Note that each breakout session will have limited space, available on a first come, first served basis.

Dr. Webb will present two keynotes at this conference.

Keynote 1: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children

A widespread myth about gifted children is that, because they are bright, they can simply “make it on their own.” However, the characteristics of gifted children—combined with current educational practices—often put them “at risk.” The social, emotional, and interpersonal needs of gifted/talented children can result in significant problems if these children are not understood and nurtured. This session describes how characteristics of gifted children relate to their social/emotional needs, interpersonal and emotional styles, and frequent difficulties. This information will help parents and teachers understand why gifted/talented children experience peer difficulties, underachieve, challenge or rebel against traditions, or show patterns of perfectionism or depression.

Keynote 2: Managing Stress, Perfectionism, and Depression

Stress, perfectionism, and depression are frequent in bright children and are related to their intensity, sensitivity, and idealism. Although bright children need challenges, undue stress, perfectionism, and depression seldom come from the challenges of specific situations or tasks. Instead they are more likely to come from what these children say to themselves about the events and about themselves. This workshop focuses on such concepts as self-talk, irrational beliefs, and self management of stress. Specific techniques are described to help prevent and overcome perfectionism and depression, along with ways to build habits of resiliency.

Breakout & Plenary Sessions

To complement Dr. Webb’s insightful and informative keynotes, we have gathered an impressive array of local presenters who will present on topics ranging from executive functioning, to individual educational plans (IEPs) and homeschooling. View the Speaker page for a full presentation of speakers and abstracts. A detailed program is underway and will be shared at a later date.

Food & Refreshments

We nourish the body as well as the mind, starting with coffee and registration. At the morning break we will serve beverages, pastries and fruit. Lunch consists of individual Gourmet Lunch Boxes. In the afternoon, there will be beverages and cookies.

Location: Fraser Heights Secondary, 16060-108 Avenue, Surrey BC, V4N 1M1 

Day & Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 9:00AM-3:00PM

We cannot accommodate children in the sessions, nor are we able to provide childcare. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

<< Register for the event here!