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Michele JURATOWITCH

Year of Award: 2003 Award State: Queensland Education > Specialised Education
Health And Medicine > Mental Health
To study counselling techniques and intervention strategies appropriate to meet the needs of gifted children, adolescents and parents - USA
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A 2003 Churchill Fellowship provided an opportunity for me to visit the UK and the USA to study counselling techniques and intervention strategies appropriate to meet the needs of gifted children, adolescents and parents. I was able to attend conferences, consult with a wide range of professionals and leading researchers, observe programs, explore resources and undertake courses.

Conclusions:

  • Counsellors and psychologists must be educated about the psychosocial and counselling needs of the gifted at pre-service and in-service level. 
  • A multidisciplinary professional body could share knowledge and perspectives of the gifted to develop understanding of their specific needs. 
  • School and Holiday Programs provide excellent opportunities for meeting gifted students’ social, emotional, intellectual and educational needs. 
  • Parent education, support and advocacy skill development has a positive impact for individual children as well as on schools’ educational provision. 
  • Philanthropy significantly benefits disadvantaged gifted students.

Dissemination and Implementation: 

  • Develop a series of presentations to deliver to gifted associations, parent groups, counsellors, teachers, other professional groups. 
  • Incorporate information into lectures I present to teachers enrolled in the Certificate of Gifted Education course at the University of NSW. 
  • Utilise multidisciplinary professional networks to promote a gifted focus. 
  • Explore opportunities to establish affective groups and holiday programs. 
  • Develop parent support groups using the SENG Parent Group Model. 
  • Investigate opportunities and distribute information regarding financial support programs available for disadvantaged gifted students.
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