Category: Poster

2 - "We Are Groot": Professional Peer Consultation as Vital Practice

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

In this presentation, we describe the formation and maintenance of a peer consultation group for practitioners dedicated to counseling the gifted. We share how our seven-year-old network has not only supported our best practices in assessment and therapy, but also promoted career specialization, prevented burnout, and sustained our gifted advocacy, training, and other community outreach initiatives. This session provides attendees with strategies, guidelines, and enthusiastic encouragement for developing their own peer consultation groups, both to maintain healthy independent private practice for gifted specialists, and to promote group dissemination of their knowledge and passion about giftedness with the greater community of counselors. We are all stronger together than apart.

Mary L. Wandrei

Licensed Psychologist
Wandrei Psychological Services, LLC
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Mary L. Wandrei, PhD, has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years and has been a licensed psychologist since 1998. She was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Marquette University for several years before returning to her home state of Minnesota in 2006. Dr. Wandrei is currently a psychotherapist with offices in White Bear Lake, MN, where she works primarily with SCIGNNeTs: people who are sensitive, creative, intense, gifted, and/or non-neurotypical. She has a number of special interests for working with children, including assessment, coaching, and psychotherapy for gifted and talented and twice-exceptional children; autism screening/consultation; school adjustment and educational planning; and consultation around executive functioning, anxiety, depression, sensory processing, and temperament issues. She has presented on these topics to parents, educators, and mental health professionals through the MN Council for Gifted and Talented, the MN Department of Education, MN Institute for Talented Youth, Project2Excel, and other public and private conference engagements. She can be contacted at mary@marywandrei.com.