Why you'll love this course

If you have gifted clients, or if you yourself have been considered gifted, your challenges will feel seen and understood here. The section comparing giftedness to high achievers is particularly eye-opening.

Course description

Gifted clients present therapists with unique challenges and opportunities. While often articulate and intelligent -- traits that therapists tend to like -- they are also often very skilled at masking or minimizing their suffering. Their gifted traits may initially lead therapists to believe that these clients are functioning more effectively than they actually are. Using data from the Gifted Identity Project, this course helps clinicians better understand clinical presentation in clients with gifted traits. Participants will learn to recognize and reframe the role of these traits in the therapy process. Therapists can connect with gifted clients effectively, and modify interventions in ways that best suit the needs of this unique group.

2 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least three traits associated with giftedness

  • Define asynchronous development in the context of gifted individuals

  • Identify at least three elements that are often part of client presentation, and at least three elements often missed, when gifted clients present for therapy

  • Apply at least three therapeutic modifications for the treatment of gifted individuals

Course outline

1. About giftedness

a. Definition of giftedness

b. Asynchronous development

c. Gifted traits

d. Genetic and environmental factors

e. Overexcitabilities

f. Multipotentiality

g. Twice Exceptionality (2e)

2. Giftedness in therapy

a. Client presentation

b. Common diagnoses

c. Clinician presentation

d. Theories and modalities

e. Intervention modifications

f. Therapeutic posture

g. Assumptions

References

Instructor

Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC

Dr. Grace Malonai is a California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (#252) specializing in gifted development, high sensitivity, and high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. She serves as Adjunct Faculty for St. Mary's College of California and serves as co-author for the Gifted Identity Project.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video format (non-interactive). Total running time 125 minutes.

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: March 19, 2021 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Contact Information:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 2 hours of continuing education (2 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 continuing education credits in the Clinical topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582. 

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0030.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0091.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0206.


This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.