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Welcome to the SENG/Family Book Study Groups page.  This year there will be 4 different book studies to select from.  These book studies will be facilitated by GT Social Emotional Learning Counselors.  

Jeffco’s GT Social Emotional Learning Counselors (GT SELCS) will be holding monthly Parent/Family Book Study Groups for the 2022-23 school year. These groups provide an opportunity for families to learn about their GT child(ren) and to connect with other parents/families who understand the unique joys and challenges of raising GT kids.  

There is no cost to these sessions, but families are responsible for buying the relevant book for each session, and must sign up below! Parents/family members may register for more than 1 session, as each session is offered at a different day/time, but families are expected to purchase the appropriate book for each session.

Once registered, families will receive a link to join the sessions virtually. Please do not forward this link to others who are not registered. You may encourage other families to register, but we will only allow those registered into the sessions. There have been issues with people disrupting meetings throughout the country, and we want to ensure a safe and productive atmosphere for all!




Smart Parenting for Smart KidsA practical and compassionate book that explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers parenting strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors’ clinical experience, it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring people.

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Facilitated by: Joy Hetzler, Bryan Shipp and Tanja Warnick


A Parent's Guide to Gifted ChildrenIn their book, Dr. Webb and his colleagues created an excellent companion for parents experiencing the joys and challenges of raising gifted children. While diving into topics that are timely and relevant for caregivers such as family and peer relationships, motivation, underachievement, intensity, perfectionism, and many others, our book group’s facilitators focus on lifting up parents and facilitate the sharing of practical parenting strategies

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Facilitated by: Lisa Fiess, Erin Shea and Stephenie Buehrle


Make Your Worrier a Warrior“Parents can team up with their children or teens to help them do the most courageous thing they will ever have to do: conquer their Worry Monster. Make Your Worrier a Warrior provides useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-reducing "toolbox" to carry with them wherever they go. In building this foundation for their children, parents might even find that these strategies will work just as effectively to manage their own anxieties.”

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Facilitated by: Casey Gardner


Join the Jeffco GT Social/Emotional Learning CounselorsUnderstanding your gifted Child Julio Ocana and Laurie Perea along with other parents in your community, once a month, for a year-long book group. This group will offer dual language lessons in English and Spanish and we will be using “Understanding Your Gifted Child from the Inside Out” by James Delisle. We will work to deeply understand the unique social and emotional needs of your gifted child.

Únase con los consejeros de aprendizaje social y emocional de Jeffco GT, Julio Ocana y Laurie Perea, junto con otros padres en su comunidad, una vez al mes, para unirse con el grupo de padres por un año. Este grupo ofrecerá lecciones de dos idiomas en inglés y español y usaremos el libro: “Comprendiendo a su hijo superdotado desde adentro hacia afuera” de James Delisle. Trabajaremos para comprender profundamente las necesidades sociales y emocionales de su hijo superdotado.

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Facilitated by Julio Ocana and Laurie Perea

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