SENG Model Parent Groups

The SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG) provide a way for parents and guardians of gifted children to support each other and share ideas for supporting your gifted children. Through a series of guided discussions by trained SENG facilitators, you will learn about the social-emotional needs of gifted and talented children, with practical strategies for improving communication, motivation, and guiding your child. Come share successes and concerns in a safe and confidential environment. Each week, discussion will be focused on topics relevant to parenting gifted children. Participants will read and discuss A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Students by Dr. James T. Webb, et al. with additional reading and handouts personalized to individual participant needs.


  1. Interact and learn from other parents of GT students.
  2. Acknowledge that families with GT students have special needs.
  3. Increase skills for nurturing your GT students.
  4. Become acquainted with materials and opportunities available to support GT students.
  5. Encourage parental involvement in partnering with schools for the needs of GT students.

Interested in learning more about SENG or SENG Model Parent Groups? Go to the SENG website or email MCGT at [email protected]

UPCOMING Minnesota SENG Parent Groups:

There are no MN SENG Parent Groups planned at this time

UPCOMING SMPG Facilitator Training:

SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPG) are led by trained facilitators. SMPG Facilitators are sensitive, caring individuals who nurture, support and guide parents and caregivers through facilitated discussion groups.  In this two-day training, participants will learn techniques and strategies developed and adapted specifically for SMPG.

The SMPG Facilitator Training Team has adapted our SMPG Facilitator Training to be completely online, due to COVID-19.  We know that families need your support right now, and one way we can help you in your efforts is to make this training available during these difficult times.  This experience will certify you to run in-person SMPG groups. Because we know that isn’t possible for most of you right now, we have also adapted our SMPG CHANGE Online Facilitator training, an add-on training to the one listed here, to be more readily available to you. Please see SMPG CHANGE groups (below) for more information about becoming certified to lead SMPG groups online.

This SMPG Training will take place on Saturday, October 3rd (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CDT) and Sunday, October 4th (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT). The training will be conducted entirely through Zoom. More information and registration

SMPG: C.H.A.N.G.E. (Challenges, Hardships, and Navigating the Gifted Experience) is a 3-week, online support group designed to help parents navigate the many changes and challenges occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This support group will cover topics such as managing anxiety, navigating intensities, and developing strategies for educational success in the home. Additionally, any trained SMPG Facilitator with an active membership who completes an SMPG: C.H.A.N.G.E. group – plus one extra training session the week after the group ends – will earn an additional certification (on top of their already-completed SMPG Facilitator Training) that will permit them to host standard, 6-8 week SMPGs online. We hope that this deviation from our standard training procedure will allow groups that were cancelled due to COVID-19 to continue in the digital realm.

SMPG CHANGE includes Online Facilitator Training for trained SMPG Facilitators.  If you are planning to attend the August SMPG Facilitator Training in conjunction with the annual SENG Conference and want to run online groups, you will also need this certification. This SMPG CHANGE group will take place Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. CDT, Starting September 1st, with the optional Online Facilitator training on September 22nd. More details and registration

SENG Conference:

SENG is thrilled to announce that they will be bringing their 2021 Annual Conference to Minneapolis, Minnesota! They look forward to seeing you at “SENG Minneapolis – Nature and Nurture: Guiding the Gifted Experience,” July 14-17th, 2021.