SENG Model Parent Groups

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The SENG Model Parent Groups (MSPG) 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. Web, 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 i parenting with schools for the needs of GT students.

Interested in learning more about SENG or SENG Model Parent Groups? Please contact Wendi Schirvar, PhD, NCSP – Legislative Liaison MCGT, MN Liaison and Midwest Regional Coordinator SENG, SENG SMPG Certified Facilitator – at [email protected]


August 20th, 2019 – Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitator Training, 8:00am to 6:00pm, plus two-hour online follow-up, day and time time TBD

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Oak Hills Elementary, 8640 165th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044 Media Center

  • SENG Model Parent Groups (SMPGs) are structured to bring together 10-20 interested parents of gifted and talented children to discuss such topics as motivation, discipline, stress management, and peer relationships. 
    The co-facilitators of the group, though they are knowledgeable about parenting and about educating gifted/talented children, do not attempt to give expert advice to families. Instead their facilitation provides a nonjudgmental and nurturing atmosphere. The parents of high-ability children are themselves a rich resource for information, and participants get fresh ideas from other parents and from A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, the book around which the sessions are organized. Groups meet weekly for 6 to 8 weeks.

    Facilitator Training Includes:  
    • Objectives of SENG Model Parent Groups  
    • Characteristics of parents in SMPGs  
    • The role of SMPG Facilitators  
    • Group facilitation techniques  
    • Content learning session topic areas: characteristics, motivation, discipline, stress management, peer relations and sibling rivalry, and traditional breaking  
    • Practice of facilitation techniques  
    • Potential problems and solutions in SMPGs  
    • How to organize a local SMPG

    $375 per person includes certification, one-year SENG membership, books, and materials

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Questions? Contact Carol Malueg at [email protected]