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The Human Cost of  What You Don’t Know:

A Multidisciplinary Approach To Serving the Gifted Population

Gifted children (and adults) are emerging as one of the highest at-risk populations for misdiagnosis, mis-medication and ineffective interventions in education, medicine and mental health. It is only through an interdisciplinary understanding of the unique characteristics and needs of this population that positive outcomes can be achieved.

Join nationally recognized experts in the field of giftedness for a groundbreaking 1-day conference for professionals that serve the gifted population including mental health professionals, school psychologists, social workers, education specialists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and parents.  The conference is designed to help professionals develop an interdisciplinary mind-set, as well as successful interventions and strategies.

As a Participant You Will Learn:

  • Diagnostic and treatment issues in gifted clients
  • Gifted Identification and assessment concerns in underserved populations
  • Effective treatment planning for gifted clients

Your registration fee of $145.00  includes:

  • Free book – Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults by James T. Webb
  • Lunch provided

Gifted Children book

Conference Overview

Click on the links below to read a detailed description of each session:   

Dr. Joanna Haase, Ph.D, MFT

Joanna Haase

Dr.  Haase is a psychotherapist in Pasadena with more than 20 years of experience, who enjoys working with gifted individuals and their families. Dr. Haase specializes in eating disorders, anxiety and depression, and is the co-founder of California Gifted Network and Gifted Research and Outreach.

Dr. Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Lisa Hancock

Dr. Hancock is a registered Psychological Assistant.  She provides assessments, consultations, counseling and therapy for children, teens, families and adults.  She has particular expertise in twice-exceptional and profoundly gifted children.  Lisa is a SENG master facilitator and the co-founder of California Gifted Network. 

Dee Dee Kates, MEd

DeeDee Kates

Ms. Kates is a school psychologist for Lucia Mar Unified on the Central Coast of California.  In addition to her current role, she has had experience as a classroom teacher and private educator with over 20 years in the field of education encompassing gifted, twice exceptional, and special education.