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Continuing Education Home Study Courses

Earn credit from your home, work at your own pace and prepare to better serve the gifted community. The SENG Home Study Courses are developed from leading resource books on aspects of giftedness. Information on each course is provided below. Exams and books are sold separately.


Ordering Information

  1. Purchase the exam online below the course description.
  2. Order the book using the corresponding links in the course descriptions.
  3. The exam and evaluation form may be completed and returned via toll-free fax to (866) 728-4990, or it may be scanned and emailed as an attached file to homestudy@sengifted.org.

NOTE: A discount is available for educational organizations and groups with more than 5 participants. Please email office@sengifted.org to enroll your group.

 

Documentation of CE Credit

  • Successful completion of course is achieved by correctly obtaining 80% or higher on exam.
  • Individuals who score lower than 80% on the first attempt may retake the exam.
  • The documentation of CE Credit will be provided via email within one week of receipt of exam and completed evaluation form. A printable CE Certificate will be attached to confirmation of passing grade.
  • If you wish to be added to SENG’s Recognized Professionals page, please click here for more information.
  • Please note that to protect the integrity of the Home Study exams, SENG does not provide corrected answers for submitted exams.

There is a great need for professionals with training in aspects of giftedness. The SENG Recognized Professionals is being developed in recognition of the efforts of professionals that successfully complete four SENG CE courses and paid a membership fee. While SENG does not endorse individual service providers, this listing may also serve as a resource for those who seek professionals familiar with gifted issues. 

 

Home Study Course Descriptions

Bright, Talented & Black. Joy Lawson Davis, EdD

292 pages, 40 multiple choice questions
6 APA Credits
Cost: $55.00

 

About the book…

 

 

As a result of completing this home study course, participants will be able to:

    1. Empower and enlighten parents, families, educators & communities.
    2. Improve understandings of the unique intellectual and socio-emotional challenges faced by gifted African American learners in today’s schools.
    3. Introduce and enable discussion of the systemic issues surrounding underachievement of culturally diverse students.
    4. Increase the rate of referrals and identification of culturally diverse students to gifted education and other advanced-learner programs.

Course fee does not include the book, which is available from Great Potential Press.

Order Exam and Evaluation Form

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About the Author:

 

Joy Lawson Davis, EdD, is a professor of Education and Director, Center for Gifted Education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She is also serving her first term on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors. Dr. Davis is the author of Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners and a sought-out speaker and consultant in educating culturally diverse gifted learners. Dr. Davis has been a teacher, district director of Gifted Services and spent five years as a state specialist in K-12 Gifted Programs in Virginia. She holds two degrees in gifted education from the College of William and Mary.

The Gifted: Clinical Challenges for Child Psychiatry. Steven I. Pfeiffer, PhD, ABPP

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 48; Number 8; August 2009.

4 pages, 6 true/false questions
1 CE Credit
Cost: $20.00

 

Individuals who successfully complete this Home Study Course will:

  1. Obtain an understanding of definitional issues which contribute to the misunderstanding of the gifted.
  2. Obtain information on prevalence estimates for the gifted.
  3. Learn about the most common characteristics of the gifted.
  4. Gain an understanding about the twice exceptional — the gifted with a mental health disorder.
  5. Learn about the most common parental concerns and questions asked of professionals about their gifted child.

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About the Author:

 

Steven Pfeiffer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a professor at Florida State University, where he serves as director of Clinical Training. Prior to tenure at FSU, Dr. Pfeiffer was a professor at Duke University, where he served as Executive Director of Duke’s Talent Identification Program for gifted students (TIP). Professor Pfeiffer is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, and coauthor of the Devereux Behavior Rating Scales. He co-edited a popular book for parents of young gifted children titled Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children’s Abilities (Prufrock Press, 2003), and Handbook of Giftedness in Children (Springer, 2008). In addition, he recently authored a book for practitioners, Serving the Gifted: Evidence-Based Clinical and Psycho-educational Practice (Routledge, 2012) and served as guest editor for a special issue on giftedness for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment (Volume 30, Number 1, February 2012). Dr. Pfeiffer is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice.

Handbook of Giftedness in Children: Psycho-Educational Theory, Research, and Best Practices. Edited by Steven I. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

420 pages, 60 multiple choice and true/false questions
10 APA Credits
Cost: $90.00

 

About the book…

 

 

As a result of completing this home study course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the major conceptions of giftedness
  2. Apply best practices in gifted identification
  3. Explain why certain characteristics of the gifted increase their risk/vulnerability
  4. Create a comprehensive treatment plan for a gifted child with social, emotional or behavioral problems
  5. Predict which gifted children are at risk for educational underachievement/failure
  6. Compare the different curriculum and instruction designed for the gifted
  7. Utilize a family systems model in counseling the gifted child with psychiatric problems
  8. Write a multi-dimensional treatment plan for a gifted child in counseling
  9. Describe how introversion and shyness may develop in gifted children
  10. Describe and discuss multi-potentiality

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About the Author:

 

Steven Pfeiffer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. is a professor at Florida State University, where he serves as director of Clinical Training. Prior to tenure at FSU, Dr. Pfeiffer was a professor at Duke University, where he served as Executive Director of Duke’s Talent Identification Program for gifted students (TIP). Professor Pfeiffer is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, and coauthor of the Devereux Behavior Rating Scales. He co-edited a popular book for parents of young gifted children titled Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children’s Abilities (Prufrock Press, 2003), and Handbook of Giftedness in Children (Springer, 2008). In addition, he recently authored a book for practitioners, Serving the Gifted: Evidence-Based Clinical and Psycho-educational Practice (Routledge, 2012) and served as guest editor for a special issue on giftedness for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment (Volume 30, Number 1, February 2012). Dr. Pfeiffer is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice.

Misdiagnosis and Dual DiagnosesMisdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults.  James T. Webb, PhD; Edward A. Amend, PsyD; Nadia E. Webb, PsyD; Jean Goerss, MD, MPH; Paul Beljan, PsyD; F. Rich Olenchak, PhD

265 pages, 40 multiple choice and true/false questions
6 APA Credits
Cost:  $55.00

 

About the book…

 

As a result of completing this home study course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how some gifted children are misdiagnosed
  2. Describe how some gifted children are missed-diagnosed or not diagnosed when they have an actual psychiatric disorder
  3. Explain why parents, teachers, and physicians might misinterpret characteristics of the gifted as abnormal or pathological
  4. Predict which gifted might be incorrectly prescribed psychotropic medication
  5. List the major characteristics of giftedness
  6. Demonstrate how the family can play a helpful role in a gifted child’s adjustment to a mismatch with their environment/school

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Order Book from Great Potential Press

 

About the Author:

 

James T. Webb, PhD established the SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children) at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in 1981. This led to the publication of the award-winning book, Guiding the Gifted Child, and later, Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model. He was previously President of the American Association for Gifted Children, on the board of directors for the National Association for Gifted Children, President of the Ohio Psychological Association, and a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. He has authored 16 books and several DVDs including six books about gifted children and adults, four of which have won “Best Book: awards. His newest book is Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. Dr. Webb has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association for Gifted Children, the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Upton Sinclair Award from Education Views, and the Heiser Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association. Formerly Professor and Associate Dean at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Webb is president of Great Potential Press in Tucson, Arizona, an award-winning publisher of books for parents and teachers of gifted children. He has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education in a national survey published in Gifted Child Today.

FordBookRecruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education. Donna Y. Ford, PhD

278 pages, 31 true/false questions
6 CE Credits
Cost: $55.00

 

 

 

Individuals who successfully complete this Home Study Course will:

  1. Describe and explain definitions, theories, and models of culture, including what it means to be a culturally competent professional in the education and mental health fields or psychology fields
  2. Recognize and list equitable practices, policies, and instruments pertaining to the recruitment (i.e., identification and assessment) of gifted Black and Hispanic students
  3. Identify, describe, and list barriers and strategies to retaining (e.g., supports, learning environment) Black and Hispanic students in gifted education
  4. Identify and explain equity in tools and assessment for Black and Hispanic students
  5. Describe and recognize similarities and differences regarding giftedness as it relates to Black and Hispanic students compared to White students
  6. Demonstrate knowledge regarding legal mandates (e.g., civil rights laws such a Brown vs. Board of Education) as they pertain to gifted education under-representation and/or inequities
  7. Calculate one under-representation formula using the Relative Difference Composition Index and be able to explain how this applies to gifted Hispanic and Black students  
  8. Calculate an equity allowance and goal to target regarding increasing the representation of Hispanic and Black students in gifted education
  9. Recognize, articulate, and define components of equitable recruitment and retention instruments, policies, processes, and programs for under-represented Black and Hispanic gifted students
  10. Hear the voices and stories of gifted Black students and their families, including those who are middle class, in order to better advocate for them

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About the Author:

 

Donna Y. Ford, PhD is a Distinguished Professor, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Special Education and Department of Teaching and Learning. Professor Ford earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Education (educational psychology). She conducts research primarily in gifted education and multicultural/urban education. Specifically, her work focuses on: (1) the achievement gap; (2) recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education; (3) multicultural curriculum and instruction; (4) culturally competent teacher training and development; (5) African-American identity; and (6) African-American family involvement. She consults with school districts, and educational and legal organizations on such topics as gifted education under-representation and Advanced Placement, multicultural/urban education and counseling, and closing the achievement gap. She is the author/co-author of several books that address the above areas of scholarship. Dr. Ford has written over 150 articles and book chapters, and conducted thousands of presentations and workshops in schools, college/universities, and communities. Her work has been honored by many organizations.
Searching-FINAL-coverSearching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope.  James T. Webb, PhD

224 pages, 9 short answer questions
6 APA Credits
Cost:  $55.00

 

About the book…

 

As a result of completing this home study course, participants will be able to:

  1. Acquire information concerning intellectual, emotional, and interpersonal characteristics of gifted, talented, and creative children and adults that increase the likelihood of thoughtful search for life meaning.
  2. Understand the increased likelihood of idealism, metacognition, intensity, and disillusionment among brighter people, including those considered gifted and talented.
  3. Understand how such characteristics can prompt enhanced existential awareness and existential depression.
  4. Be informed about various psychological theorists that are relevant in areas such as personal constructs, building and maintaining illusions, disillusionment, depression, and hope.
  5. Learn about how Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration and overexcitabilities relate to existential depression.
  6. Understand various ways in which persons try to cope with their existential issues and search for meaning, including behaviors that are healthier and those that are less healthy.
  7. Be sensitized to Positive Psychology approaches to self-reflection and behavioral management of one’s self, as well as key aspects of Happiness research.
  8. Learn practical ways to enhance self-awareness, establishment of meaningful relationship, and hope.
  9. Be aware of ethical issues that might arise during treatment of existential depression and in helping clients search for personal life meaning.

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Order Book from Great Potential Press

 

About the Author:

 

James T. Webb, PhD established the SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children) at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in 1981. This led to the publication of the award-winning book, Guiding the Gifted Child, and later, Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model. He was previously President of the American Association for Gifted Children, on the board of directors for the National Association for Gifted Children, President of the Ohio Psychological Association, and a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. He has authored 16 books and several DVDs including six books about gifted children and adults, four of which have won “Best Book: awards. His newest book is Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. Dr. Webb has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association for Gifted Children, the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Upton Sinclair Award from Education Views, and the Heiser Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association. Formerly Professor and Associate Dean at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Webb is president of Great Potential Press in Tucson, Arizona, an award-winning publisher of books for parents and teachers of gifted children. He has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education in a national survey published in Gifted Child Today.

ServingtheGiftedBookServing the Gifted. Steven I. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

248 pages, 40 true/false questions
6 APA Credits
Cost: $55.00

 

About the book…

 

 

 

As a result of completing this home study course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify three prevailing myths in the gifted field.
  2. Understand the similarities and differences among the major models of conceptualizing giftedness.
  3. Explain the author’s Tripartite Model of Giftedness and how it applies to gifted.
  4. Define and conceptualize creativity.
  5. State a “best practices” approach to the identification and assessment of gifted students in the schools.
  6. Articulate the components of a well-designed educational program for gifted learners.
  7. Define the twice exceptional student and explain “best practices” assessment and intervention for high ability students with co-occurring disabilities.
  8. Understand key factors that play a role in the family of the gifted student.
  9. Define a “best practices” approach to counseling gifted students.

 

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Order Book from Routledge

 

About the Author:

 

Steven Pfeiffer, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is a professor at Florida State University, where he serves as director of Clinical Training. Prior to tenure at FSU, Dr. Pfeiffer was a professor at Duke University, where he served as Executive Director of Duke’s Talent Identification Program for gifted students (TIP). Professor Pfeiffer is lead author of the Gifted Rating Scales, and coauthor of the Devereux Behavior Rating Scales. He co-edited a popular book for parents of young gifted children titled Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children’s Abilities (Prufrock Press, 2003), and Handbook of Giftedness in Children (Springer, 2008). In addition, he recently authored a book for practitioners, Serving the Gifted: Evidence-Based Clinical and Psycho-educational Practice (Routledge, 2012) and served as guest editor for a special issue on giftedness for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment (Volume 30, Number 1, February 2012). Dr. Pfeiffer is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice.

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? Edited by Maureen Neihart, PsyD; Sally M. Reis, PhD; Nancy M. Robinson, PhD; Sidney M. Moon, PhD

328 pages,50 multiple choice and true/false questions
8 APA Credits
Cost:  $75.00

 

About the book…

 

After completing this course, participants will have:

  1. An understanding of the recent research on the social and emotional needs of gifted children.
  2. An understanding of Dabrowski’s Theory as it applies to gifted children and adults
  3. Knowledge of risk factors associated with the social and emotional development of gifted children.
  4. Comprehension of gender differences as they relate to gifted children
  5. A general understanding of protective factors as they relate to the social and emotional well-being of gifted children

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Order Book from Prufrock Press

 

About the Author:

 

Maureen Neihart, Psy.D. is licensed in the U.S. as a clinical child psychologist. Early in her career she worked as a secondary science teacher, an elementary and middle school counselor and a coordinator of gifted programs. She is co-editor of the text, The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What do we Know? and a former member of the board of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Neihart serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly, Roeper Review, Gifted Education Communicator, and Journal of Secondary Gifted Education. She is a member of Divisions 53 and 37 of the American Psychological Association. She has given nearly three hundred lectures and workshops worldwide.

Dr. Neihart and her husband, Doug, were licensed as therapeutic treatment foster parents for ten years and worked with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents in their home.

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