Gifted Psychology 101 for Psychologists & Coaches – starting in 2020

We're currently taking registrations for our next iteration of InterGifted's founding director Jennifer Harvey Sallin's Gifted Psychology 101 Courses, scheduled to start in March / April 2020. This is an online training course for coaches, therapists, psychiatrists and other helping professionals who want to specialize in, or have better tools for, supporting gifted clients. It is a combination course which allows space for your own growth and reflection as a gifted person and gifted professional, while providing you with the theoretical knowledge, practical insight, case studies, and peer feedback to start your gifted-specific practice or bring your existing practice to a new level.

See what past participants have said about the course here.

We will start the new courses as soon as our groups are full, and according to participant availability. We currently still have a few spots available in both groups. Send us an email at to express interest in joining.

As a psychologist, coach, mentor and trainer, Jennifer Harvey Sallin has dedicated her work to serving gifted people and the professionals who support them. Her trainings are holistic, designed for both the thriving of the professionals she trains, as well as their clients. She has been leading Gifted Psychology 101 groups since 2017. Learn more about Jen here.


The aim of this online course is to provide helping professionals with the knowledge necessary to help your gifted clients. There are two versions of this course: a 12-session version for coaches or to-be coaches who are not trained in psychology, and a 6-session version for psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals already trained in basic psychology. For both courses, sessions are monthly and include modules and homework (each of which require around 10 hours of preparation work, on average); a certificate is provided at completion.


This course is for coaches or to-be coaches who are not trained in psychology. In 12 sessions, we cover the following themes, all from a gifted-specific point of view:

  • The Benefits of and Difference Between Coaching, Mentoring + Therapy for Gifted Individuals
  • The Gifted Brain, Giftedness Identification & Levels, Twice- and Multi-Exceptionality
  • Recognizing Psychopathology Misdiagnosis in Gifted Clients
  • Personality Development Models, including Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration
  • Trauma + Trauma Healing, including Gifted-Specific Trauma
  • Family Dynamics + Relationships, including Giftedness in Families
  • Common Therapeutic Models & Therapeutic Dynamics
  • Personal + Spiritual Development
  • Career Psychology, including Common Gifted & Multipotentialite Dilemmas
  • Positive Psychology + Promoting Mental Health



This course is for psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, social workers or any helping professional who already has training in at-least basic psychology or a related field. In 6 sessions, it focuses in on these gifted-specific themes:

Recognizing giftedness in clients
  • How to recognize and evaluate giftedness, giftedness levels, and unique giftedness profiles
  • How to bring up and address giftedness with a client
  • How to overcome resistance to the idea
  • Resources for client self-discovery inside and outside of therapy
Most common problem areas for gifted clients
  • Social troubles
  • Lack of peers
  • Lack of recognition
  • Romantic relational troubles
  • Trauma / Complex Trauma
  • Twice-exceptionality, Misdiagnoses + most common gifted/psychopathology overlaps
  • How to best guide and support + resources
Therapeutic dynamics with gifted clients
  • How to fully engage with gifted clients
  • How to handle the overexcitabilities and intensity in sessions
  • How to handle differences in giftedness levels between psychologist and client
  • How to have good boundaries and when to use self-disclosure with gifted clients
  • How to work with client when the psychologist is triggered by his/her own gifted issues
  • When to see breakdown as positive disintegration, and when to see it as "clinical"; how to best help in both cases
Therapeutic logistics
  • How therapy, coaching and mentoring can all help a gifted client, and when each is appropriate
  • Common therapeutic trajectories for clients and how to help them transition from therapy to other forms of support
  • Client drop out and how to maintain engagement
Gifted personal & career development
  • Common gifted career dilemmas and how to approach them
  • Helpful resources for gifted career exploration
  • Giftedness and creativity
  • Giftedness and spirituality/religion
  • Tools of positive psychology for gifted self-development
Understanding & working with special populations
  • Children, teens & adults
  • Elderly
  • Prison populations
  • LGBTQ+
  • Twice-exceptional clients



There is also an individual-study option for both of these courses which includes individualized mentoring tailored to your therapeutic or coaching practice and personal needs and timing. There is currently a waiting list for these sessions, but you can email Jen to express your interest and get on her wait list.


Cost & Logistics:

We meet on the video conferencing platform for two hour sessions, and dates/times are determined together with the participants. The cost of each course session is 250 CHF. Individual sessions are billed at Jen's hourly rate of 250 CHF per hour and typically last 1.5 to 2 hours.


To express your interest in participating in this course, email Jen with your professional background and intentions for joining the course: Jen will help you determine if the course is right for you, and if so, will provide details for registration.

About Jennifer Harvey Sallin

Jennifer is the founding director of InterGifted, and is a psychologist, coach and mentor who specializes in providing training and mentoring for gifted coaches and other helping professionals who support the gifted. She also performs giftedness assessments, mentors profoundly gifted adults, and writes extensively on giftedness and self-development. You can find her articles here on InterGifted’s blog and on her own blog at Rediscovering Yourself. She is based in Switzerland and supports gifted adults and professionals throughout the world. You can learn more about her here.

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