Social and Emotional Development

Concurrent

Searching for Meaning in the Current World: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 203 B

Bright minds see opportunities and alternatives but are also concerned with fairness, are idealists by nature, and search for meaning. Particularly in today's world, this often results in disillusionments, which may lead to loneliness, cynicism, and existential depression not only in adults, but also in adolescents and sometimes even children as young as five or six. This session describes ways that gifted children try to cope with their disillusionments, along with practical suggestions for counselors, teachers, and parents as they guide them in developing and maintaining hope and life satisfaction.

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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