Social and Emotional Development

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Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: The SENG Misdiagnosis Initiative

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 207 A

Upon concluding that a significant number of gifted children are being misdiagnosed, SENG began a Misdiagnosis Initiative. After ten years of operation, which included a national survey, the SENG Misdiagnosis Initiative has uncovered new information and promising partnerships. This session provides an update, along with descriptions of current and planned activities both in the United States and in other countries. This includes information on joint activities with the American Academy of Pediatrics and also the translation and publication of brochures and continuing education activities at home and abroad.

Rosina M. Gallagher

Psychologist and Educational Consultant
Dr. Rosina Mena Gallagher

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James T. Webb

President
Great Potential Press

James T. Webb, Ph.D., has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education. Dr. Webb has written 16 books, over 75 professional publications, three DVDs, and many research papers for psychology conventions or for conferences regarding gifted and talented children. Six of his books are on gifted children and adults, and four have won “Best Book” awards.

• Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers-- which won the National Media Award of the American Psychological Association as the best book for "significantly contributing to the understanding of the unique, sensitive, emotional needs of exceptional children.”
• Grandparents’ Guide to Gifted Children – winner of two awards
• Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders – winner of three awards
• Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model, 2nd Edition
• A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children – winner of three awards
• Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope

A frequent keynote and workshop speaker, Dr. Webb, a licensed psychologist, has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, The Phil Donahue Show, CNN, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio.

In 1981, Dr. Webb established SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children, Inc.), a national nonprofit organization that provides information, training, conferences, and workshops. In 2011, he was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association for Gifted children, the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Upton Sinclair Award by EducationNews.org.

Dr. Webb has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children, and was President of the American Association for Gifted Children. Currently, Dr. Webb is President of Great Potential Press

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Richard Olenchak

Department Head and Professor
Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University

F. Richard “Rick” Olenchak currently serves as Head of the Department of Educational Studies and Professor of Educational Psychology and Research Methodology at Purdue University. Previously, Rick served as Educational Psychology Department Chair and as Associate Provost for Faculty Development at the University of Houston, and prior to that, he was Chair of Special Education as well as Director of Teacher Education at the University of Alabama. His Ph.D. is in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut in Giftedness and Talent Development. He later completed a post-doctoral internship at a secure medical facility for adolescents. Preceding his work at the university level, he served as both a general education teacher, gifted program teacher, gifted program director, and twice as a school principal.
Having served as President of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Rick also has served as President of the International Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP), President of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS), and as a board member of Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG).
Publications which he has either authored or co-authored number over 100, including the 2009 award-winning books Social-Emotional Curriculum with Gifted and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults, which was named ForeWord magazine’s Psychology Book of the Year in 2005. He is currently at work with the co-authors on a revised edition of Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults, as well as on a number of chapters and articles about the social and emotional aspects of giftedness and talent development. Given that his interest in twice-exceptional students serves as a platform for all of his work, Rick is currently pursuing a longitudinal examination of the construct of “hope” and its implications on the holistic development of each student.

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Edward Amend

Clinical Psychologist
Amend Psychological Services

Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist at Amend Psychological Services, P.S.C., licensed to provide psychological services in Kentucky and Ohio. In his private practice in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Amend focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth, adults, and their families. He has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings, as well as in consulting positions with clinics, hospitals, schools, and other organizations. He presents locally and nationally on topics related to the needs of gifted children.

Dr. Amend is co-author of two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children; and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Amend has authored or co-authored a number of articles, book chapters, and columns about gifted children.

As a strong advocate for the gifted population, Dr. Amend’s years of service have included the Board of Directors of Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted; President of the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education and Chair for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Counseling and Guidance Network. He has been a consultant to the Davidson Institute for Talent Development and a Contributing Editor for Roeper Review, a peer-reviewed journal for gifted education. Dr. Amend is involved with the Assessment Special Interest Group of NAGC and the National Twice Exceptional Community of Practice. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), APA’s Division 53 (Child-Clinical Psychology), and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

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