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The Unique Characteristics and Needs of Gifted Youth (2 Free CEs)
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When: Thursday, March 7, 2019
From 7-9:00 PM
Where: 36 Mystics
361 E. Maple Road
Birmingham, Michigan  48009
United States
Contact: Abby Segal

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Working with gifted youth is rewarding, but it comes with unique challenges, especially in a state with no mandate to identify and serve the gifted in public schools. In this session, participants will explore the characteristics and needs of gifted youth as well as how they differ from high achievers. Empowered with this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to help caregivers better respond to the gifted youth in their lives.


This workshop is a NASW-Michigan Region 8 event. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will discuss the unique cognitive and affective characteristics of gifted youth, including the emotional intensities gifted children experience.
  • Participants will discuss differences between gifted youth and high achievers.
  • Participants will discuss potential challenges at home and at school associated with gifted youth. 


Presenter: Christie McWilliams, Ed.D.

Dr. Christie McWilliams is a veteran educator with over a decade of experience teaching gifted and high-achieving students in secondary classrooms. She currently serves as a board member for the Michigan Association of Gifted Children and as a conference presenter, keynote speaker, and professional development presenter for educators serving gifted and high-achieving youth.


Cost: Free to NASW members; $40 for future members [2.0 CEs]

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