Having sought help from a PsyD during an existential crisis, I know full well the limitations of psychotherapy as it relates to the gifted mind. Traditional approaches that may quiet a mind with fewer complexities were physically painful to me and even grew my dark shadow in many instances. My experience is not uncommon, which is why Jen’s Gifted Psychology 101 provides an invaluable service to the gifted community. Her unique background of having experienced the gifted struggles, along with a background in psychology, allows her to bridge the gap that can be ever-present in traditional therapeutic modalities. If you seek to help those in the gifted community, for which I laud you, Gifted Psychology 101 is essential for your toolbox. Not only for the insightful learning but for the stimulating interactions that will take place with Jen and your colleagues.
Jennifer’s Gifted Psychology 101 Course for Coaches was an extremely engaging, expansive, and fun experience for me. I wish a lot my other education would have been like this. The information is extremely well presented and I felt invited to dig deeper, reflect and explore, and will come back to the material for years to come. It is the equivalent of a book in the shelf of my mind that I keep coming back to remember fondly for all it has given me and keeps giving with every re-read. The discussions, questions from other participants, and insights along the way have helped me to gain a substantially deeper understanding of giftedness, of coaching, and of psychology in general, and specifically in relation to gifted people. My knowledge, relationship, and skill in regards to my own inner world have improved significantly, allowing me to hold much bigger, more supportive and joyful space to work with my clients, and a deeper understanding of my and their experience. I would honestly recommend this course to everyone whether it is for professional or personal interest ,or both. It is fascinating, and the mirroring from both Jennifer and the other participants is enriching, nourishing and healing.
Jen Sallin’s Gifted Psychology 101 course provides a rich personal and professional experience. The material is well researched, well organized, and well written. As a Master’s Level Counselor and Coach for gifted adolescents, adults, and families, I found the course wholly applicable to my everyday work. In the United States, the professional focus on giftedness is largely centered in youth, education, and often in deficit language, and I was drawn to working with Jen because she provides a psychological, lifespan perspective and strengths based vocabulary. The course also provided the opportunity to come into community with gifted practitioners from around the world. Classes were conveniently scheduled, and the value of the course far exceeded the cost. I wholeheartedly recommend this course to any clinicians who want to deepen and broaden their knowledge and to enrich their work with gifted populations.
Jen’s Gifted Psychology 101 Course was a joy to engage, and wonderful preparation for me as a gifted coach. Answering the homework questions created key insights, as did other participants’ answers. In class discussion, Jen gave us information we could use right away. I’ve kept all my discussion notes, and the readings, for reference. It helped me build confidence as a coach. Although I’ve know since preschool age that I’m gifted, I learned plenty! I gained better perspective on life situations and events that I had been only dimly aware were related to giftedness. It helped me take things less personally.
In his Gifted Writers Workshop, Jan created and held an incredibly safe and supportive space for us writers to take the next step in our craft, no matter whether we were beginners or experienced writers, or whether we’d been struggling stuck with writer’s block for a few months or years. Almost like magic, his warm, gentle encouragement and challenge, together with savvy problem-solving suggestions, helped all of us participants move forward with our writing projects. Jan supported us in feeling like a community, so that we could open up with our peers about our creative struggles and ambitions, and feel encouraged by the exchange with other peers as much as by his writing coaching. I recommend this workshop for any gifted person who’s wanting to write, whether they’re just starting out, far along the path, or somewhere in between.
Jennifer Harvey Sallin’s Gifted Psychology 101 Course for Coaches was challenging, stimulating, enabling and fun! As a mum in a multi-exceptional family, her offer on one-on-one learning, her flexibility and matching pace made learning stress-free and enjoyable. Jennifer’s course is designed excellently; to travel through the twelve modules has been a very compelling, insightful and transformative journey. Besides being able to tap into Jen’s profound knowledge, I got access to great resources. It’s been a delight diving deep and traveling far with Jennifer, particularly due to her wonderful ability to create a learning environment that feels safe, enables trust and cultivates compassion. This course has been invaluable for me on a professional level as a coach as well as on a very personal level as a gifted, respectively twice-exceptional person.
Jen is masterful at creating complexly pleasurable course modules that are rigorous for learning. The way she structured Gifted Psychology 101 for Psychologists was comprehensive and generative, leaving no stone unturned yet still opening up much space for discussion. The course text is worth going over many times, and I continue to benefit from it. During the live class there were ample opportunities for intellectual stimulation and social-emotional mirroring. I love the course and feel that I’m still growing with the memory of it.
I’ve been through years of talk therapy and I think I learned more about myself and made more progress in 6 hours with Kelly and the Gifted Mindfulness course group than I have in all my previous self-work, no joke. Understanding the gifted experience through a trauma lens (that sounds overblown at first? but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was actually extremely apt and I’d been downplaying, you know, everything, forever) and understanding the brain-body connection better helped me unlock a bunch of issues that I’d been feeling stuck on. Kelly gives your thinking brain plenty to chew on, and then helps you start to learn to tell it to go sit down for a minute, please, so that your essential self can enjoy space and calm. I’d never been able to get there by myself, but I think I have some tools to start working on it. I might be able to make it through this disintegration now.
Joining Kelly’s Gifted Mindfulness course has been invaluable for me in learning how my gifted intensities are at work and how to work with them constructively. Channeling energy-overflow into new directions has indeed changed the direction I now give my life. Kelly’s non-judgmental, compassionate ways helped me alter how I see myself and my environment at work and home. Before, compassion had merely been a theoretical construct. Now that I’ve learned the embodied experience of compassion, I can relate to myself and the world in different ways. I truly recommend this course for every gifted individual who wishes to learn how to manage one’s intensities and complexities and how to skillfully channel them to become an advantage, rather than a hindrance. Being in a group with other gifted persons has helped me tremendously to adopt a regular practice. A forum for exchange and in-between coaching sessions that were included in the course formed a wonderful packet for me as a mindfulness-newbie struggling with step-by-step processes and sustainable practices. Kelly’s well-rounded offer helped me to solidly learn and safely experiment.
There is great comfort and power in learning and practicing with a group of people in the Gifted Mindfulness course who, while very diverse, share the gifted experience with you. The need to filter or explain is removed, and you can focus on the practice and the healing it can offer. Kelly is the epitome of serenity, and she appeals to the intellect and the spirit. I have great faith in her guidance and highly recommend this experience as a worthy investment in your development.
If you are a complex, intense, and sensitive person sometimes perplexed, frustrated, or overwhelmed by reactions and feelings that confound your most logical and/or pragmatic attempts to understand or change – then Kelly’s Mindfulness Course is definitely for you. Kelly’s combination of neuroscience with her grounding in personal experience, delivered with clarity and gentleness, provides a truly warm and empowering space for developing the self-compassion so sorely needed by people like us. The group dynamic allows for much needed mirroring that enriches and emboldens even the most reserved among us. It feels good to be known and to get to know ourselves more deeply around others who relate. So if you’re ready to take the positive expression of your giftedness to the next level, sign up for one of her Gifted Mindfulness Courses. You will thank yourself!
The gifted psychology 101 course for training coaches was such a wonderfully enlightening experience. Whether you are a coach in training or simply want to expand your knowledge of what it means to be gifted, I can’t recommend this course enough. Jennifer Harvey Sallin has created a masterpiece comprising of well structured modules which I found to be very engaging from the bare basics, to the meta themed levels of gifted psychology. The group discussions provide a great opportunity to analyse how others integrate the courses content, allowing participants to benefit from multiple learning perspectives. I feel that the course provides a really clear indication of where you’re at in your current gifted process and an awareness of how to move forward. If you want to work with gifted people as a coach or mentor, this course provides a deep and clear insight into how gifted people work which I feel is second to none and will certainly be of benefit to your journey.
Gifted Psychology 101 for Coaches has been an immersive, rigorous and highly enjoyable learning experience. Jen has crafted a curriculum that is elegant, clearly structured, and comprehensive; providing in-depth understanding of the full spectrum of issues gifted coaching clients face. She brings the fullness of her expertise, humanity, humor and compassion to the table, and tailors each class to the needs and questions of the participants, making a point of offering practical insight for where each student is at – no matter where they may be on their journey to working with gifted clients. Additionally, the course fosters students’ self-development and honest personal reflection on their gifted experience. This created a level of depth through relevant personal exploration (and even healing) and Jen’s mirroring; as well as intimacy and camaraderie with fellow students. This course gave me the knowledge and tools I needed to start my gifted coaching practice and to support my clients from a whole-person perspective. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to do the same.
I was identified as gifted at 25. After 5 years of processing this information and making key life changes, I started coaching sessions with Jenifer Harvey Sallin and started my « second childhood ». The term refers to the relearning of basic ways of relating and relies on gifted needs’ identification and authentic self validation and is defined by Jen in her article « Gifted Adults & Second Childhoods: Revisiting Essential Stages of Development ». This felt like the perfect time to take Karin Eglinton’s class « Wholeness based relating for gifted people ». And it was. The things I learned in Karin’s class were invaluable and I couldn’t believe that I had not learned them as a child: needs, boundary, consent. Things that seem so basic but that are so hard to actually grasp and put into practice. From the polyvagal theory to the drama triangle, to the wheel of consent, Karin introduced us to a multitude of psychological elements and adapted them to the gifted mind. Each course packet was wonderfully designed: the material was organized in such a way that you could get a birds eye view of everything or decide to dive in more intensely into specific topics. What’s wonderful is that I think that I will be able to come back to the materials and work with them for at least the next three years, although they have already been life changing. Karin’s interactive and thoughtful approach allowed for a wonderful and intimate group atmosphere and it was amazing to share this adventure with other gifted peers. Her approach is holistic and allows you to connect things together in a very stimulating way. I cannot thank her enough for all the work she’s put into this class and for sharing her knowledge and experience with us. This class allowed me to shift my perspective and to deconstruct dysfunctional behaviors that I had developed in order to deal with unmet needs, while at the same time getting more acquainted with my gifted needs and learning how to legitimize them. I cannot recommend the class enough. Thank you Karin!
I loved Jen’s Legitimizing Your Gifted Needs workshop. The content was amazing and I took pages and pages of notes during the session. My mind was exploding! It was also so cool to be in a (virtual) room of people who I felt were on the same wavelength. It was honestly exactly what I needed I’m so so glad I attended.
Karin’s Wholeness-Based Relating Course is a beautiful opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge and practical know-how. On the one hand, it is a rewarding synthesis of strands of research I would not have combined on my own. I found this exceptionally valuable. On the other, it encourages practice and personal bravery in a way which is gentle and reassuring, and extremely helpful in doing this essential work. It is a gift, and one which I could not appreciate more.
The Gifted Psychology 101 course has been a double journey. I enrolled to gain professional knowledge and month after month I felt more comfortable and ready to offer support to gifted clients. Jennifer has given me an organised path to follow which has improved my competence and also helped to make order in the cluster of information I previously gained self-studying. The unexpected surprise has been the personal journey. As the weeks went by I noticed how the new learning and the homework tasks were positively affecting my self-affirmation journey.
Gifted Psychology 101 was truly transformational! I signed up hoping to come out with a solid understanding of how the gifted mind works. I came out with this and so much more! Jen designed this course brilliantly, each module professionally and thoughtfully crafted and supplemented with recommendations of the most life-changing books and resources I’ve ever read. I am grateful that Jen adapted to my specific needs and offered a creative one-on-one learning option for me. This flexibility, combined with Jen’s compassion, knowledge and deep insight instilled in me a sense of safety, trust and freedom to express myself authentically. I was able to explore and integrate the course material at a depth, pace and level of complexity that matched my drive and learning style – so refreshing! I completed GP101 feeling more enlightened as an individual, a future coach, and as a parent. Thank you Jen!
It’s so great that Jen offers the one on one learning option for her Gifted Psychology 101 Course. I was able to learn the material at a pace that suited my needs with someone that has a thorough understanding of how my brain works – and it was really fun! It felt like we were able to dive deeply into the material, explore its edges, dimensions, colors, textures, and more without having to hold back. Aside from learning information that will be helpful for coaching gifted clients, it was also a personal process of growth and understanding myself. It also ended up being quite the healing experience since I had experienced so much boredom in learning environments in the past. Overall, just a really awesome experience.
The Gifted Psych 101 for Coaches offers an extensive and in-depth look at core components of practical psychology, highlights where and how giftedness changes the picture, and shows how it all relates to coaching. The course work also provides plenty of recommended reading for further studies on your own. My knowledge of giftedness, psychology and coaching has increased manifold – I now feel many times more competent and comfortable in my role as philosophical coach.
…And that was the professional side of things. For as it happens, during this past year of Psych 101, I seem to have undergone a complete, personal transformation. I’ve read some of the most life-transforming books I’ve ever read. The homework included some of the most important psychological work I’ve ever done – for me, personally. As friend, partner, parent. And just for how I wake up in the morning, welcome the day and what it brings, and then welcome the night when its time to sleep. I feel “upgraded”, if that makes sense. I’d do it all again, any day.
Jennifer Harvey Sallin’s Gifted Psychology 101 course is the psychology short course that I never even knew I needed and wanted. As a profoundly gifted individual who was not identified till her 30s, I always thought I was intellectually challenged but now I understand that it’s all in the course design and delivery. The GP101, as it is fondly known by its students, is jam-packed with content yet taught with the meta-perspective that all gifted people crave. GP101 has been invaluable in preparing and training me as a new coach for the challenging yet amazing psychological intensities and complexities of working with gifted, twice- and multi-exceptional adults. Yet it was also highly transformative on a personal level as well, for as we all know, in order to execute one’s role as a coach well, one must also do the work on oneself and this course has definitely given me greater insight into not only my own development and processes, past and present, but also opens a window towards cultivating greater understanding and
compassion for all of humanity, in all its diversity. Thank you Jennifer!
Taking the Mindfulness for Gifted People Course with Kelly was an absolute delight. She designed an interdisciplinary approach, from poetry, to neuroscience, to Buddhist psychology to allow us to enter step by step into this big concept that is mindfulness. Each session was accompanied by a practice, which allowed us to directly apply what we had learned conceptually on that day. Kelly was very open to discussing the topics with the participants and she even redesigned the last session to better fit our needs and to answer the questions that we had raised! She provided us with very useful tools to calm the much solicited limbic system of our gifted minds, and to reach a state of peace and compassion. It is only the beginning of the journey for me but taking this course Kelly allowed me to start! Thank you!
I just completed the Mindfulness for Gifted People Workshop with Kelly Pryde, and it was wonderful! I found it extremely helpful to be able to discuss in depth with gifted peers and to be heard by them. It helped me to realize how important it is for me to take the time to be with and understand myself as a gifted adult. It revived dormant aspects of myself that I now know need attention, and I feel better equipped to give that attention thanks to the tools I learned from Kelly. Thank you very much for offering this important work to gifted people. It is a huge relief to have self-development opportunities that are tailored for me!
I am very new to my giftedness discovery, and have been feeling a lot of pressure to integrate all this new knowledge immediately. Jen’s Legitimizing Your Gifted Needs Workshop helped me to get a bigger picture view of the work that is entailed in learning about my giftedness, and it helped me to slow down and realize that I have time to learn about myself, my unique needs, and all the nuances of how I operate differently from the norm. I also have time to explore how to best meet my needs, and I don’t have to strive for immediate perfection. Thanks to this workshop, I feel less rushed, and more excited to be in this new process of becoming “who I am”. Thank you Jen and InterGifted!
I can highly recommend Jen’s Legitimizing Your Gifted Needs Workshop. It gave me important insights into how I organize my inner and outer world, and how that is qualitatively different from many other individuals. It also helped me differentiate between relational needs, such as belonging and self-transcendence, differ from more structural needs, such as cognitive, aesthetic, and self-actualization needs; yet how they are yet ever-so-exquisitely intertwined and interdependent. What Jen shared, and the handouts she provided, will help me in my exploration of this topic for months, and I suspect, years to come. I’m excited to attend the follow-up workshop to get even more awareness around this important topic.
I recommend taking the Mindfulness for Gifted People Course with Kelly. She was a fantastic tutor and was able to touch on the deeper meanings behind what I suspect ails most of us here. It was refreshing to be able to discuss the ideas and concepts in a way that fulfilled my desire to learn more, and not just cover the topics superficially. I have found that I rarely learn something new from other people, as for the most part I tend to get confirmation of existing or self-taught knowledge. However, I absolutely learned new things from Kelly which helped to uncover and connect concepts of which i was not aware!
For anyone contemplating taking Kelly’s next Mindfulness Course for Gifted People – take it!! She’s an amazing leader. The content was on point, and I also really enjoyed “chatting” with other gifted individuals. It was a great way to get back into meditation and mindfulness.
I just attended the Legitimizing Your Gifted Needs workshop and I am brimming with insights and new-found clarity in so many dimensions of my life. This workshop gave me such a glimpse into the many things I’ve not understood about myself and my inability to feel satisfied by “normal” life. Going through the common gifted needs together with Jen helped me to take stock of what I want tto implement in my future in order to create a “non-normal” life that nourishes me and my unique “life requirements”. Many thanks Jen!
Among the many gifts I received from Jen’s Legitimizing Your Gifted Needs workshop was the awareness that self-actualization or self mastery is not a goal that everyone shares. I’ve spent my life in a total confusion, expecting other people to desire mastery at the level I desire it, and not understanding why they don’t take action in a way that promotes this goal in their lives. I learned from this workshop that my needs in that way (and in many other ways) are uncommon, but that there is a way for me to effectively validate what others need (or don’t need) as well as what I need, and not be constantly confused or pushing people to adhere to the same standards as me. I can fully embrace meeting my own (gifted) needs, while accepting that not everyone will share them. This has been a huge revelation for me!
I would like to say thank you to Silver Huang for her insightful GiftedxAutistic workshop. In addition to being gifted I have a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome (autism spectrum disorder). Silver’s workshop has allowed me to distinguish between which traits are due to my giftedness and which are related to my autism and also where they overlap and the benefits that this type of twice-exceptionality can bring. I am due to start Silver’s Intrepid Integrity programme and I am very much looking forward to this and being able to reconnect to my true self after years of suppressing myself in an attempt to be “normal” and fit in with the neuromajority.
I joined Jen’s Writers Workshop to help me in preparation for the book I was planning to write. I had so many ideas and so many desires in writing my book that I felt confused about how to get all my thoughts in one place – and how to connect with an audience of readers that might not get how my unusual mind works. Not only has the workshop helped me focus my thoughts into a more linear format that works for my book, it has raised my self-esteem considerably. Interacting with the other (gifted) participants and peers has helped to validate my unusual mind and this, together with Jen’s impeccable guidance, has provided endless clues for how I can best express myself in my creative medium. My book is just at the half-way mark, and I couldn’t be more grateful to Jen and our group for their support.
Thank you so much for the Legitimizing Your Gifted Needs Workshop! The impact for me was quite profound. My impression was that meeting together and covering that material created the catalyst to anchor in a new level of acceptance around being gifted. I spent most of the time crying during that workshop as the emotional embodiment of that awareness washed over me.
Like many, I harbor that secret dream of writing a novel (or memoir in disguise). I’ve even had a title and a first page which, for years, I’ve moved from one computer to the next. And it would have stayed there, stashed away, if it weren’t for the Writers’ Workshop with Jen. See, I’m someone who needs a bit of structure, someone to tell me what to do (if only so I can rebel against it). And the Writers’ Workshop gave me that, as well as a safe space where I feel comfortable to expose my crappiest writing, and dig into the basement of old journals and fragments I’ve squirreled away through the years. What began as a hobby, a pastime, catching up with a dream deferred, is slowly but surely turning into a calling. Yes, as presumptuous as it may seem, I can see this becoming more of a life mission—if I only had the discipline. But hey, that’s what Jen is here for!
If you’re thinking of writing a memoir or story about your life, I highly recommend participating in the Writer’s Workshop. The structure and guidance that Jen offers has been so helpful in sorting out what felt, at the beginning, like a huge and sometimes overwhelming process. I can’t imagine tackling my writing project without the support of Jen and my writing group. For me it’s been a safe place to explore the writing process as well as a place to dig deeper into my own personal story and how I can best share it with the world.
Jen’s Time Management course broadened my horizons and has been incredibly useful. No, Jen won’t share one-size-fit-all solutions and ready made tips to be more efficient. Her approach is much deeper: she guides you so that you learn about your needs and preferences, so that you define what is the best way for YOU to spend your time in order to maximize energy and satisfaction. It’s about shaping our life so that it fits us, vs adjusting ourselves to a given life. I wish I had learnt this as a kid… Thanks Jen!
Jen’s Time Management course really changed things for me. The awareness I gained about how I used my time, and how that did or didn’t match up with my values and goals caused a major shift in my mindset. It went beyond simply being more productive, or working on creative pursuits, to focusing on creating a conscious construction of yourself. Feeling aligned with yourself is where the opportunity to create productivity comes in. It’s not necessarily about the goal itself, it is about about your values. I also needed someone to tell me that it’s okay to spend time dreaming. I’ve always been so ambitious, setting my life up before it is headed anywhere. When Jen emphasized the fact that I need to give myself the space to dream about the possibilities, that encouraged me to “breathe” a little more and made me even more excited to be where I am. I also thought about the people I choose to spend my time with; the time I spend alone doing things that I maybe didn’t see as productive before, but now understand their importance much more. I have changed a lot already and am excited to see where this continues to take me.
Jen’s course on time management offers an alternative perspective to managing time and energy by helping you understand your natural way of approaching each day and learning to maximize this. Her approach helps you to unlock joy and energy, leading to greater feelings of self-accomplishment and an ability to focus on the things that are important to you. If you are looking for a unique approach to managing your life, then this course is for you!