Thriving with Complexity Webinar Series

Monthly online classes on thriving for families with gifted and twice-exceptional members.

Upcoming Webinars

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March 1, 2019
Stop Trying to Stay Ahead of Them: A Coach Approach to Parenting Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Kids
April 7, 2019
Myths and Misunderstandings of Overexcitabilities Debunked
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Write Your Own Operating Manual: Life Design and Self-Care for Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Adults
July 5, 2019
All The Things You Didn’t Know To Ask: What Our Parents and Teachers Never Told Us About Giftedness
July 26, 2019
The Bright Side of Intensity: Overexcitabilities as Drivers of Developmental Potential
August 4, 2019
Surviving the Teen Years Without Losing Your Mind
September 6, 2019
Effective Advocacy 101 for Parents of Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Kids
October 6, 2019
How Can I tell the Difference? Exploring the Relationship Between ADHD and Overexcitabilities
November 22, 2019
Gifted in the Middle: The Gooey Center of the Sandwich Generation
December 15, 2019
Parents as Partners: A Co-Leadership Model for Parenting Atypical Kids

Cost: USD$40 per webinar
Includes access to the recording for 2 weeks.
Register at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

Also coming soon: Access to the Archives
USD$20/month for ongoing access to the archive of all previously recorded webinars
Plus BONUS recordings of additional presentations by these presenters

Stop Trying to Stay Ahead of Them: A Coach Approach to Parenting Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Kids
With Kate Arms
March 1, 2019
1pm ET

Anyone who has ever parented a gifted or twice-exceptional child knows that these kids speed ahead beyond their parents in some areas and are unable to keep up with expectations in others. Add asynchronous development and the inconsistency that is par for the course with twice-exceptional kids and trying to stay ahead invites failure. The alternative is finding a way to lead from behind, which coaches are trained to do. Learn how a coaching approach to parenting works and what it offers to families with gifted and twice-exceptional members.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

Myths and Misunderstandings of Overexcitabilities Debunked
With Dr. Christiane Wells
April 7, 2019
9pm ET

Misconceptions about Dabrowski’s 5 types of overexcitability abound in the research literature and among parents, teachers, and clinicians. Are overexcitabilities only for the gifted? Are they actually the same thing as openness to experience? Does OE really exist? Is there any research to back up this construct? Did Dabrowski actually study gifted children in his work? The answers to these questions and more will be addressed.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

Write Your Own Operating Manual: Life Design and Self-Care for Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Adults
With Jen Merrill
June 23, 2019
9pm ET

Wouldn’t it be great if we were all born with an operating manual, complete with troubleshooting tips and a 24-hour hotline? Sadly, that’s not the case, but we can design one specific to our lives and needs. Jen has spent the last several years creating such a manual for herself; drawing from that work (and that of writing a book on self-care for parents of gifted and 2e kids), she’ll help you determine what needs to be in your manual, complete with troubleshooting tips…24-hour hotline not available.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

All the Things You Didn’t Know to Ask: What Our Parents and Teachers Never Told Us About Giftedness
With Kate Arms
July 5, 2019
1pm ET

Were you identified as gifted as a child? Were you not identified when all of your friends or siblings were? Do you have gifted or twice-exceptional kids who remind you of your childhood? Most adults who were identified as gifted as children or misidentified as not gifted were told little to nothing about the characteristics that often accompany a high iq: intensity, perfectionism, empathy, anxiety, depression, androgyny, multi-potentiality, relationship challenges, allergies, asthma, auto immune issues, and more. Being smart has side effects, but it doesn’t mean you are broken.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

The Bright Side of Intensity: Overexcitabilities as Drivers of Developmental Potential
With Dr. Christiane Wells
July 26, 2019
1pm ET

Where do the overexcitabilities fit within Dabrowski’s theory? Michael Piechowski has called the OEs our “original equipment” and says that these inborn traits are the most well-known aspect of developmental potential. The OEs can be observed even in young children, but what does that really mean? In this session, we will explore the place of OE within Dabrowski’s theory as the raw material that can develop into dynamisms, the other major component of developmental potential.

Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

Surviving the Teen Years Without Losing Your Mind
With Jen Merrill
Aug 4, 2019
9pm ET

“Ohhhh, just wait until the teen years!” If that threatening phrase has filled you with dread and horror, then it’s time to let it fill you with joy and anticipation. Gifted teens are amazing young adults, they just have specific needs. Drawing from her flute teaching experience of working with teens one-on-one for over 20 years, as well as that of parenting two 2e teen sons, Jen will help you reframe what many adults consider the horror years into something to enjoy and appreciate.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

Effective Advocacy 101 For Parents of Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Kids
With Kate Arms
Sept 6, 2019
1pm ET

If your kids are struggling to fit into institutional systems (schools, extracurricular activities, camps, etc), you are probably advocating for them all the time. Join Kate Arms, formerly a lawyer and now a leadership and relationship coach for gifted and twice-exceptional folks, to learn how to a) convince the people who matter to be on your side and b) manage your own emotions during advocacy meetings.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

How Can I Tell the Difference? Exploring the Relationship Between ADHD and Overexcitabilities
With Dr. Christiane Wells
October 6, 2019
9pm ET

There is significant overlap between the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Dabrowski’s descriptions of overexcitability (OE). ADHD and OE are not mutually exclusive and it’s possible to have both. But how can we tell them apart? Chris is currently studying this issue as a researcher at the Gifted Development Center in Westminster, Colorado. Gifted individuals are outliers and they’re not well understood by educators and clinicians who haven’t been trained to understand giftedness. We invite you to learn more about the history of OE and ADHD as well as the existing research on these constructs through the lens of giftedness.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

Gifted in the Middle: The Gooey Center of the Sandwich Generation
With Jen Merrill
November 22, 2019
1pm ET

Raising gifted/twice-exceptional kids is hard enough, but what about caring for gifted elders at the same time? While partnered to another gifted adult, and dealing with your own (probably newly-acknowledged) giftedness? It’s enough to squash you into goo. In this webinar Jen will draw from interviews with others as well as her own experience to help you discover the best way to balance the very different, yet remarkably similar, generations in your life.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.

Parents as Partners: A Co-Leadership Model for Parenting Atypical Kids
With Kate Arms
December 15, 2019
9pm ET

Parenting is stressful. Parenting atypical kids more so. How do you protect your marriage under stress? How do you present a united front when you are making up the rules as you go? How do you respond to emergencies as a team? How do you create a family that feels connected? Learn techniques the best co-facilitators use that will allow you to respond effectively as an individual and as part of a team at the same time. As a bonus side effect, these techniques bring most people who use them to a deeper emotional connection with each other, stimulating affection and trust even during disagreements.
Register now at http://thrivingwithcomplexity.eventbrite.ca.