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Serving the Gifted
Evidence-Based Clinical and Psychoeducational Practice

ISBN 9780415997508
Published August 22, 2012 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Designed for practitioners who work with the gifted, this volume is intended to serve as a practical and easy-to-use resource for working with gifted students, their teachers, and their parents and families. It provides timely, practical, evidence-based techniques and guidelines to help these practitioners better help an underserved group. The book is written in a user-friendly style that makes this a quick, simple, and easy reference. Topics covered include identification and assessment of gifted students; important information for understanding the needs of the gifted; counseling and psychotherapy strategies; career counseling for gifted and talented students; methods for working with the families of the gifted; and legally-correct and ethically-smart counseling techniques. An accompanying CD will contain valuable resources such as PowerPoint presentations and reproducible handouts and forms.

Table of Contents

Serving the Gifted in the Schools.  Conceptions of Giftedness: Who are the Gifted? Creativity.  Screening, Identification, and Assessment.  Meeting the Educational needs of the Gifted Student.  Gifted Students with Coexisting Disabilities: The Twice Exceptional Student.  Working with Parents.  Counseling Gifted Students.  Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Gifted.

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Steven I. Pfeiffer, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor at Florida State University, where he serves as Director of Clinical Training of the combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology program.


"I thought the book was very well written and comprehensive. Frankly, this is one of the best books I have read because it was written specifically for school psychologists. It provides a vast amount of information that will ensure that school psychologists become effective practitioners as it relates to G/T students. I highly recommend this book to any school psychologist who is serious about increasing his or her knowledge about this population." -Tiombe-Bisa Kendrick, NASP Communique

"In this book, Dr. Pfeiffer has made a significant contribution to all professionals who are brought into serving the unique needs of gifted individuals. While giftedness is admired by society, it is ironic that professionals in all fields (except elite sports) are not formally trained to enhance the competencies of the gifted. Society has adopted a "laissez faire" attitude towards the gifted, believing that they will know how to get by and thrive on their own. Dr. Pfeiffer challenges that belief system and encourages and teaches us how to improve our own skills to better serve the gifted." - Marilyn B. Benoit, MD, Chief Clinical Officer and SVP Clinical &Professional Affairs, Devereux; Past President, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry