Monday, October 6, 2014

AAGT Workshop: Communication for Gifted and Twice Exceptional Families - Oct. 15, 2014

Here is some information we received from AAGT about a free workshop they will be offering on Wednesday, October 15th.  Read on for more details.

You're invited to our workshop!
Wednesday Oct 15th, 2014 6pm-8pm in Glendale
Communication for Gifted and Twice Exceptional Families
Marriage and Family Therapist and gifted advocate Bob Yamtich has offered to put on a workshop about Communication for Gifted
and Twice Exceptional Families.
Gifted children have dual longings: to be contained and inspired by an authority figure, and to be respected and engaged with as an equal. The ability to be a humble authority requires self-understanding and empathy. Strategies inspired by Nonviolent Communication (NVC) can help, as all involved identify their needs, empathically hear the other, and clearly self-express what they are asking for. We will consider how gifted over-excitabilities (OEs) impact the needs involved in empathy and communication. NVC offers a process for rigorous exploration of feelings and needs which allows an analytical mind to connect with both emotional wisdom and practical requests. The gifted desire for autonomy and freedom is supported by clearly distinguishing what is joyful to contribute from what seems like a demand or obligation. Families can use the skills of discussing levels of willingness to make, hold, and renegotiate agreements with clarity and care. Problem solving, including reconnecting after a conflict, becomes more clear as people distinguish between needs and the strategies to meet needs. Compassion increases as people have a sense of being heard. The workshop includes an introduction to NVC, live practice, and tools for further work.

The workshop is free and is for parents and their kids to attend together. Space is limited so register now to secure your spot!
Email to register.
OCT. 15, 2014
From 6pm to 8pm
Glendale, AZ 85306

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