Therapeutic Considerations and Treatment Strategies
Joanna Haase, Ph.D., MFT, Lisa Hancock, MA, Dee Dee Kates, MEd.
Clinicians are lacking education in the unique challenges of working with gifted individuals,
not only in terms of mis-diagnosis, but in terms of understanding how asynchronous
development, overexcitabilities, and stealth learning disabilities need to be addressed
accurately in therapeutic environments. The cost of professionals not understanding how to
work with gifted individuals can lead to devastating outcomes, especially in underserved
This session focuses on interdisciplinary treatment strategies of gifted individuals. The
presenters will share case histories to help illustrate how professionals who work with the
gifted can increase their success by adopting effective therapeutic postures, “thinking” in terms
of multi-disciplinary strategies and avoiding common therapy “traps.”
Specifically, the clinicians will explore different treatment modalities for helping clients
manage anxiety, overexcitabilities, and existential depression. All the strategies discussed will
connect how the sensory and intellectual processing differences in gifted individuals also
manifest social/emotionally, as well as the impact of twice exceptionality on psychological
School based interventions for gifted and twice exceptional students will be explored as both
part of SST, RTI, 504 and IEP plans as well as essential components of traditional therapy
treatment plans. Participants will also learn how to use “education plans” to provide a more
comprehensive and less “therapy” based treatment plan.
Participants will be encouraged to use what they have learned about gifted individuals to
present clinical questions from their own experience for discussion.